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Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics at John Cabot University

Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics at John Cabot University

Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics at John Cabot University
Funded with a grant from the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

19 May – 20 June 2014

The Summer School features:

A graduate seminar on Religion and Global Politics (PL 529 is a 6 ECTS or 3 US credit course) which examines the topic from the perspectives of philosophy, law and empirical political science. Students will attend regular tutorials with one of the program’s lecturers.
Visits to religious and political institutions in Rome, such as the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, the Sant’Egidio Community, the Rome Synagogue, and the Grand Mosque of Italy.
A two-day international conference on “Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives,” to be held at the University in May, 22-23, 2014. Scholars from Italy, Europe and the U.S. will discuss new research on both the normative relations between Catholicism and liberal democracy and new socio-political trends in Political Catholicism in contemporary Europe and the United States.

In addition to the Religion and Global Politics Seminar, students participating in the Institute may also audit or take for-credit one other course offered by the University during the Summer I 2014 session. Summer I 2014 Course Schedule.

Apply online now.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with final deadline of April 15, 2014.

The application fee of 50 euro is waived for students applying for the graduate seminar in religion and politics.

Tuition fees

€ 1170 for Religion and Global Politics Seminar (6 ECTS / 3 US credits)

€ 2170 for Religion and Global Politics Seminar + another course for credit (12 ECTS / 6 US credits)

Graduate student fees for the Religion and Global Politics Seminar have been subsidized by John Cabot University and the ECPR.

Two students will also be awarded a € 165 travel grant, sponsored by the ECPR.

All students will be expected to pay their travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Interested students may apply for John Cabot University Housing.

For more information or inquiries, please contact one of the convenors.

Cfp: Rethinking Political Catholicism

Cfp: Rethinking Political Catholicism

Call for Papers – Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives
Rethinking Political Catholicism

International Conference
John Cabot University
Rome, May 22-23, 2014

Call for Papers

Although the study of religion and politics has blossomed over the past decade, the normative debates over the appropriate place of religion in modern democracies often remain divorced from the study of the actual practices and meanings of religion in these democracies. Consequently, many new normative concepts and arguments have not filtered down to the empirical study of religion, while normative debates are often inadequately informed by the empirical realities of contemporary religious practices and beliefs.

Rethinking Political Catholicism aims to bridge this divide by focusing on the fertile case of political Catholicism in Italy. Empirically, the conference aims to take stock of political Catholicism in Italy today, compare it with Catholic and Muslim politics elsewhere, and use contemporary theoretical and normative insights to better understand its post-secular dynamics. Normatively, the conference aims to evaluate the practices of contemporary political Catholicism in Italy and elsewhere, and thus contribute to developing a more sophisticated debate about the proper roles of religious politics in contemporary democracies.

The empirical papers of the conference are invited to analyse the project and impact of political Catholicism in Italy and elsewhere today. Suggested themes include the following.

Current Catholic political groups, claims, or activism, in Italy or elsewhere;
The normative meaning and grounds of ‘political Catholicism’;
Catholic analyses of contemporary political issues;
New challenges posed by Catholic political thought and practice to liberal democratic theory;
The significant of the church-state relationship in Italy for theories of post-secularism;
Comparisons with recent trends in Islamic political thought and practice.

Normative contributions to the conference are instead invited to consider such themes as the following:

Current Catholic political groups, claims, or activism, in Italy or elsewhere;
The normative meaning and grounds of ‘political Catholicism’;
Catholic analyses of contemporary political issues;
New challenges posed by Catholic political thought and practice to liberal democratic theory;
The significant of the church-state relationship in Italy for theories of post-secularism;
Comparisons with recent trends in Islamic political thought and practice.

The working language of the conference will be English, and a collection of papers based on the conference will also be published.

The conference is part of the John Cabot University Summer Institute for Religion and Global Politics (May 19-June 20, 2014).

Confirmed speakers:

Paola Bernardini (Contending Modernities Project)
Luca Diotallevi (Roma Tre)
Agostino Giovagnoli (Cattolica, Milan)
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame)

Submission guidelines

A 500-word abstract, of a paper suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, should be sent by March 15, 2014, to the organizers, Tom Bailey (tbailey@johncabot.edu) and Michael Driessen (mdriessen@johncabot.edu). Notice of acceptance will be provided by March 22.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a collected volume.

Registration fee (includes lunches and refreshments): Faculty € 50, Students € 25

The conference is funded by John Cabot University.

Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics

Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics

Summer Graduate Studies in Religion and Global Politics at John Cabot University
Funded with a grant from the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

19 May – 20 June 2014

The Summer School features:

A graduate seminar on Religion and Global Politics (PL 529 is a 6 ECTS or 3 US credit course) which examines the topic from the perspectives of philosophy, law and empirical political science. Students will attend regular tutorials with one of the program’s lecturers.
Visits to religious and political institutions in Rome, such as the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, the Sant’Egidio Community, the Rome Synagogue, and the Grand Mosque of Italy.
A two-day international conference on “Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives,” to be held at the University in May, 22-23, 2014. Scholars from Italy, Europe and the U.S. will discuss new research on both the normative relations between Catholicism and liberal democracy and new socio-political trends in Political Catholicism in contemporary Europe and the United States.

In addition to the Religion and Global Politics Seminar, students participating in the Institute may also audit or take for-credit one other course offered by the University during the Summer I 2014 session. Summer I 2014 Course Schedule.

Apply online now.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with final deadline of April 15, 2014.

Tuition fees

€ 1170 for Religion and Global Politics Seminar (6 ECTS / 3 US credits)

€ 2170 for Religion and Global Politics Seminar + another course for credit (12 ECTS / 6 US credits)

Graduate student fees for the Religion and Global Politics Seminar have been subsidized by John Cabot University and the ECPR.

Two students will also be awarded a € 165 travel grant, sponsored by the ECPR.

All students will be expected to pay their travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Interested students may apply for John Cabot University Housing.

For more information or inquiries, please contact one of the convenors.

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