The New Global Politics of Religion

Open keynote lecture by Associate Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University)

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. Photo: Northwestern University

Inaugurating the GOBA project workshop Comparative Perspectives on the Formatting of Religion in Modern Society, Professor Hurd will give a lecture drawing on her recent book, Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion.

From the publisher's description: 

In recent years, North American and European nations have sought to legally remake religion in other countries through an unprecedented array of international initiatives. Policymakers have rallied around the notion that the fostering of religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and protections for religious minorities are the keys to combating persecution and discrimination. Beyond Religious Freedom persuasively argues that these initiatives create the very social tensions and divisions they are meant to overcome.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd looks at three critical channels of state-sponsored intervention: international religious freedom advocacy, development assistance and nation building, and international law. She shows how these initiatives make religious difference a matter of law, resulting in a divide that favors forms of religion authorized by those in power and excludes other ways of being and belonging. In exploring the dizzying power dynamics and blurred boundaries that characterize relations between "expert religion," "governed religion," and "lived religion," Hurd charts new territory in the study of religion in global politics.
Click here to download the introductory chapter
Senior Researcher Kari Telle (Christian Michelsen Institute)  will respond to Hurd's lecture.
Professor Hurd's website at Northwestern University


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Tags: secularism, freedom of religion or belief, international relations
Published Oct. 12, 2015 1:43 PM - Last modified Nov. 26, 2015 12:36 PM