Past Seminars

 Cambridge Seminars on Religion, Conflict and its Aftermath

Seminars for Easter Term 2010

 Monday 7th June

Speakers: Don G Carrick and  David Whetham

Title: ‘Talking with the Taliban:  Mission Impossible?’

2.30-4.30pm in the Senior Common Room, Polis.

  Don Carrick is the Project Director of the Military Ethics Education Network and a Lecturer in Philosophy and Researcher in the Institute of Applied Ethics at the University of Hull. David Whetham is a Senior Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department (DSD) of the  Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), and convenor of the Defence Ethics Network.

Thursday 27th May

Speaker:  Carly L. Crouch

Title: ‘Justifying military violence: cosmological ideology in the ancient Near East’

Title: Justifying military violence: cosmological ideology in the ancient Near East

2.30-4.30pm in the Senior Common Room, Polis.

Research interests:  In addition to her original research on royal military ideology,  Dr Crouch is currently examining the impact of social and political realities in the formation of ethical systems, focusing especially on the political and religious context of the seventh century and its effect on the ethics expressed in the book of Deuteronomy.

Wednesday 19th May

Speaker:  Gerald Russell

Title: ‘The Pope’s Divisions: why diplomacy needs to understand religion’

  5.00-6.30pm in the Senior Common Room, Polis.

Gerald Russell was a diplomat with the British Foreign Office for 14 years, heading one of its diplomatic missions and two of its largest political teams in Embassies overseas. He worked in Jerusalem, Baghdad and Saudi Arabia. Between 2001 and 2003 he designed and headed up the UK effort to reach out to opinion in the Arab and broader Islamic world, giving 200 interviews in Arabic to the Middle East satellite media. In 2005 he was adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister. From 2007 to 2009 he worked in Afghanistan, latterly as a senior political adviser at the United Nations political mission there.

Recent Publications:


Seminars for Lent Term 2010

Thursday 25th Feburary

Lecture: Warriors and War Without Regret

Speaker: Tom Simpson

2.00-3.30 in the Senior Common Room, Polis.

An abstract can be found  here

4th  February

Lecture: “The contemporary ambiguities of religions as a source of civilizational identity in International Relations.”

Speaker: Dr Fabio Petito

5-6.30pm, Senior Common Room, Polis.

28th January

Lecture:  “Britain’s transition from ‘Cold’ to ‘Hot’ Wars – 20 years of conflict from 1990 2009.”

5-6.30pm,  Senior Common Room, Polis.


Seminars for Easter Term 2009

17 June (Wednesday)
Lecture: European Union Policy in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones: Recent Moves to Engage Religious Actors

Speaker:  Sofia Lemmetyinen, College of Europe in Bruges

Since 2008, EU policy-makers have made some unusual moves towards engagement with religious leaders from countries involved in conflicts. Sofia Lemmetyinen is one of a select group of academics who have written on the subject, and was recently a consultant on a project reviewing the lacunae in policy guidelines in this area. This session is designed to promote a discussion on directions for future work, and participants from all faculties are welcome to attend and contribute.

5.00-7.00 pm, The Seminar Room, CRASSH (17 Mill Lane). Co-Sponsored by the Cambridge University Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group.

13 May (Wednesday)
Discussion day
Lost in Translation? Sacred and Secular Discourse in Conflict and Post-Conflict Scenarios
Co-sponsored by: British International Studies Association Working Group on International Relations, Security and Religion and
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge
Professor Yasir Suleiman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Chair of Modern Arabic Studies, University of Cambridge
Oliver McTernan, Director, Forward Thinking
1 – 6 pm, Garden Room, St. Edmunds College, University of Cambridge

3 May (Sunday)
Special lecture: New Perspectives on Religion and Conflict in the Modern World
Speaker: Professor J. Scott Appleby, Notre Dame University
6.50 pm, Great St. Mary’s (The University Church)

Seminars for Lent Term 2009

11 March (Wednesday)
Special Session on War, Ethics and Peacebuilding in the Former Yugoslavia
Co-Sponsored by the Cambridge University Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group
Dr Maja Petrovic-Steger, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge: ‘On Biomedical, Political and Ethical Categories of Health in Postconflict Serbia’
Dr Marko Hoare, Kingston University, London: ‘Recreating a Multiethnic Country: Bosnia Since Dayton’
Followed by a broader discussion of post-conflict developments in the Former Yugoslavia.
In the Chair: Dr Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of International Relations in the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.
5.30-7 pm, Senior Common Room, Centre of International Studies, First Floor, 17 Mill Lane.

26 February (Thursday)
Postgraduate Presentation Session
Confirmed Speakers are PhD researchers Tom Simpson (‘Warriors, Civilians and Christian Ethics’) and Lucia Faltin (‘Masaryk’s religious humanism as a Response to Violence and War’)
5:30-7 pm, Garden Room, St Edmund’s College

Seminars for Michaelmas Term 2008

23 October
Postgraduate Presentation Session
5.30-7pm, Woolf Institute Seminar Room, Wesley House, Jesus Lane

17 November
‘Is there hope for Track Two talks between Israelis and their Islamist antagonists?’
Professor Shai Feldman, Brandeis University
5.30-7pm, Centre of International Studies, Senior Common Room

27 November
Dr. Douglas Hedley, Faculty of Divinity
5.30-7pm, Okinaga Room, St Edmund’s College

Seminars for Summer Term 2008

June 10th
Religion and Policy-Making in Post-Conflict Situations
Readings and Discussion Led by Stacey Gutkowski
Part of the Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Seminar Series at CRASSH.

June 19th
Faith, politics and peace in Northern Ireland
Dr. Graham Spencer, University of Portsmouth
Respondent: Dr. David Herbert, Open University
Okinaga Room, St Edmund’s College

June 26th
Policy-Making, Religion and Conflict-Prone Settings in the US and EU
Small reflection group meeting with Liora Danan (Yale/CSIS).

Seminars for Lent Term 2008

February 7th
Realism and Religion: American Christian Responses to Bush’s New World Order

Dr. Andrew Preston
Lecturer, Faculty of History

Michael Murray Room, Library Building, St Edmund’s College

February 28th
Why has Religion been Marginalised in the Study and Practice of Post-Conflict Policy-Making? A Discussion for Interested Scholars and Post-Grads

Garden Room, St Edmund’s College

March 6th

“The just judgement of God upon barbarous wretches”: Violence in
Ireland’s Wars of Religion 1641-1660

Professor John Morrill
Faculty of History

Okinaga Room, St Edmund’s College

Seminars begin at 5.30pm, and end at 7pm.


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