Past Events



A series of workshops on the overarching theme ‘Religion, Governance and Public Policy”:

Workshop 1: ‘Religion, Governance and Public Policy: How to address migration and religious diversity challenges?’ 1 April 2014, City University London, co-hosted by Department of International Politics and Centre for International Policy Studies; convened by Dr S.Silvestri; for rationale and programme see

Workshop 2:  ‘Religion, Governance and Public Policy: What is the role of faith based actors?’, 4 April 2014, University of Cambridge, St Edmund’s College, co-hosted & co-financed by Von Huegel Institute; convened by Dr S.Silvestri for rationale and programme see

Workshop 3 – ‘Preventing Atrocity: Reasons to Engage with the Religion and Ethics of the Other’,  16-17 June 2014, University of Edinburgh, co-hosted & co-financed by by The Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project, directed by Dr G.Wilkes, School of Divinity, Univ. of Edinburgh) – website currently being updated. Soon to be available on:  . In addition, a blog of the event is available here

Workshop 4  – ‘Religion, Governance and Public Policy: The challenge of cultural and religious diversity’, 2 July 2014, University of Cambridge, St Edmund’s College; organised by Dr S.Silvestri in conjunction with VHI; for rationale and programme see

BISA annual conference (Dublin, 18 June 2014):

  • – Panel ‘Religion as “moderation” in global politics: moving beyond rhetoric’, convened by Dr S.Gutkowski (KCL), presenters: S.Gutkowski, M.Upton, A.T.T. Smith, S.Silvestri
  • – Social gathering (buffet lunch) for BISA working group members on 18 June

Events  in 2014 that were coordinated by working group members in UK, Europe & the USA

5-7 Feb – Religion, Foreign Policy and Development Conference at Wilton Park, UK (co-sponsored by FCO, DFID, British Council, City University London, George Mason University, coordinated by G.Wilton, S.Silvestri, P.Mandaville. For programme and conference report:

10 Feb – Lecture by Prof.P.Mandaville, ‘Rethinking Islamist Politics After the Arab Uprisings’, 10 Feb 2014, City University London, school of social sciences, DLG20, 6.15pm (this was

11 Feb – Panel discussion at Chatham House on European and US approaches to religion and foreign policy, convened by P.Mandaville & S.Silvestri, thanks to British Council Bridging Voices award

26-29 March – ISA annual conference in Toronto:

– Panel ‘Religion and Democratization: the Arab Spring in the International Context’, some w.g. members involved. Speakers included: Haynes, Cesari, Anderson, Fox, Buckley, Tepe, Mantilla

– Panel ‘Religion and conceptions of Justice in IR’, some w.g. members involved. Speakers included: Haynes, Wilson, Lynch, Baumgart-Ochse , Glaab, Smith, Smythe

– Panel: ‘Fight and Faith: Religion and Armed Conflicts’, involved some w.g. members. Speakers included: Hassner, Nordas, Svensson, Horovitz, Duffy-Toft

– Round table ‘Religious Freedom & Religious Interventionism’, speakers: Shakman-Hurd, Gutkowski, Sandal, Philpott, Gross Stein, Vinjamuri, Berger, Wilson, Hussin.

1-2 May – ‘Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Global Protection’, Georgetown University, Washington DC, workshop convened by Dr L.Mavelli (Kent) & Dr E.Wilson (Groningen), funded by British Council ‘Bridging Voices’ award

15 May  – Transatlantic Dialogue on ‘Religion and Foreign Policy’, Brookings Institution, Washington DC – convened by Dr S.Silvestri (City) & P.Mandaville (GMU), funded by British Council ‘Bridging Voices’ award

12-13 May  – UNFPA consultation on Religion and Development, New York, jointly organised with Dr Silvestri  (City) & Prof.Mandaville (George Mason), cosponsored by UNFPA, DIGNI, City University London & George Mason University

26-27 June – ‘Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Global Protection’, University of Kent – Brussels branch, workshop convened by Dr L.Mavelli (Kent) & Dr E.Wilson (Groningen), funded by British Council ‘Bridging Voice’s award

11-13 September, SISP Conference – Panels on Religion and Politics (University of Perugia, Italy), convened by working group member Dr L.Ozzano

18 Sept – several working group members participated in the panel ‘The Operationalization of Religion in US Foreign Policy: Theories and Practices’, in the conference on US Foreign Policy held at the LSE (speakers, chairs and discussants were: Bettiza, Marsden, Birdsall, Duffy Toft, Petito, Silvestri).

19 Nov  ‘Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Global Protection’, seminar involving working group members Dr L.Mavelli and Dr E.Wilson, European Parliament, Brussels, 12.30-3pm.

Autumn 2014 – UCL, London, ‘Multidisciplinary Engagements with Religion’, lectures series organized by UCL’s Centre for Religion and Political Theory, London. See full programme here

Collaboration with other networks

During the year we have continued circulating the initiatives of:

ISA Religion & IR section

King’s College and Westminster Abbey “Faith and Public Policy” series,

Von Huegel Institute at the University of Cambridge,

Westminster Faith Debates’

LSE Religion Forum

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

PUBLICATIONS by or involving WG members (2014 only)

J.Anderson, Conservative Religious Politics in Russia and the United States: Dreaming of Christian Nations, Routledge, 2014

F.Dionigi & G. Bettiza, ‘How do religious norms diffuse? Institutional translation and international change in a post-secular world society’, European Journal of International Relations, 2014

S.Gutkowski, ‘The politics of postsecular borders: transnational religion and the Ground Zero Mosque controversy’, in Towards a Postsecular International Politics? Changing Patterns of Authority, Legitimacy and Power in a Postsecular World, Fabio Petito and Luca Mavelli (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

S.Gutkowski, ‘A different kind of war story: Afghan atheism, religious freedom and the mythology of sanctuary’,, January 2014.

F.Foret, Religion and politics in the European Union, The Secular Canopy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014

F.Foret (ed.), ‘Religion at the European Parliament’, Religion, State & Society, special issue, No.2/3 (September) 2014

J.Fox, ‘Religious Freedom in Theory and Practice’, Human Rights Review, 2014

J.Fox, ‘Is it Really God’s Century? An Evaluation of Religious Support and Discrimination from 1990 to 2008, Politics & Religion, 7 (1), 2014

J.Fox & Y.Akbaba ‘Restrictions on the Religious Practices of Religious Minorities: A Global Survey’, Political Studies, 2014

L. Leustean, The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community, Oxford University Press, 2014 

P.Mandaville, Islam & Politics, New York & London: Routledge, 2014

L.Mavelli & F.Petito, eds, Towards a Postsecular International Politics? Routledge, 2014

S.Silvestri, ‘Religion and Social Cohesion at the Heart of the Intercultural Debate’, in Anna Lindh Foundation, The Anna Lindh Report 2014, Alexandria, 2014

UNFPA, Religion and Development Post-2015, New York, 2014 (report of consultation jointly coordinated with Dr S.Silvestri and Prof.P.Mandaville)



    11 May 2011
    Title: EU institutions and religious lobbies: Muslim networks in Brussels
  • Speaker: Sara Silvestri, Senior Lecturer in Religion and International Politics, City University London and Research Associate, Cambridge UniversityThis paper examines the reasons why and modalities through which religion has become a salient issue in policy making in Brussels. On the one hand I will be looking at the priorities of EU officials and diplomats and on the other hand at the resources, interests and motivations of religious pressure groups based in Brussels, obseriving their strategies of mobilisation and discourse. One my case studies is that of the network of the Muslim Brothers. The analysis is conducted by differentiating the organisations on the basis of their activities, ideological traits, and history. Some reflections are proposed on the implications that this has for the EU official position in relation to religion more broadly and dialogue with Islamists more specifically.TIME: 4.15pm
    VENUE: room GS1-19, which is first floor of the Goulston Street building
    London Metropolitan University
    Calcutta House
    Old Castle Street
    London – E1 7NT (Underground: Aldgate)

    To attend contact Dr Pilbeam on


    18 May 2011
    “Religious influences on American public attitudes on foreign policy”
    — Professor Jim Guth, Dept. of Political Science, Furman University, USA

    1 June 2011
    “Claims of religious continuity”
    Reclaiming our natural faith: The Nation of Islam in 1930s Detroit — Dawn-Marie Gibson, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London and
    Speaking of continuity… Religious change and moral dilemmas among Christian Bidayuhs in Malaysian Borneo
    — Liana Chua, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

    The seminars are free and open to the public; no reservation required. They take place from 5:30-7pm in the Cañada Blanch Room (J116), Cowdray House, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2AE
    (Find the ‘J’ building on this map:


    Tuesday, May 24th 2011
    Julian Rivers,
    Professor of Jurisprudence, Bristol University

    Title: Organised religions in English law: changes and challenges

    Prof Rivers research interests lie in the area of legal and constitutional
    theory, with a particular interest in the interplay between law and
    religion. His work represents the first systematic treatment of how
    religion is understood is English law.  Given current developments this is
    a very important piece of work.

    Time: 17.30-19.00
    Location: The Old Committee Room (3c), Strand Campus, King¹s College
    London (just along from the chapel)

  • Religious Pluralism and the Modern World: An Ongoing Philosophical Engagement with John Hick, March 10-11, 2011 Orchard Learning Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Selly Oak Campus, Hamilton Drive, Weoley Park Road B29 6QW. Conference website: by 28 February, 2011

Organised by: Sharada Sugirtharajah ( and Yujin Nagasawa (

Sponsored by: The Mind Association, the Spalding Trust, and the University of Birmingham

This Symposium, held in honour of Emeritus Professor John Hick, celebrates the contributions of one of most the influential British philosophers of religion of our time.  Hick’s ideas have generated a lively debate among philosophers, scholars of religions and advocates of religious pluralism. He is the author of numerous books and most of his works have been translated into different languages.  Hick delivered the Gifford Lectures in 1986-87, and his ground-breaking book An Interpretation of Religion won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 1991.  Hick’s advocacy of religious pluralism is grounded in practical realities.  He was at the forefront of race relations in Birmingham, and as co-founder of All Faiths for One Race (AFFOR) Hick played a pivotal role in promoting community and inter-faith relations in the 1970s.


Marilyn McCord Adams (University of North Carolina)

Keith Ward (Heythrop College)

Paul Badham (University of Wales)

Gavin D’ Costa (University of Bristol)

Stephen T. Davis (Claremont McKenna College)

Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham)

Rex Ambler   (University of Birmingham)

Chester Gillis (Georgetown University)

Ursula King (University of Bristol)

Paul Knitter (Union Theological Seminary)

Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge)

Timothy Musgrove (TextDigger Inc., California)

George Newlands (University of Glasgow)

Alan Race (St. Philips Centre, Leicester)

Perry Schmidt-Leukel (University of Münster)

Anastasia Scrutton ( University of Durham)

Mary Ann Stenger (University of Louisville).

Sharada Sugirtharajah (University of Birmingham)

Geoff Teece (University of Birmingham)

Zhicheng Wang (Zhejiang University)

9 Feb 2011: Middle East Lecture at City University London

Dr. Ewan Stein (Edinburgh University)

Society’s Role in Foreign Policy: Egypt’s Cold Peace with Israel

  • 9 February 2011, 17.00-18.30
    Room AG22, College Building, City University London, EC1V 0HB
    For further details please contact

17 Feb 2011, Seminar on the Muslim Brothers, University of Edinburgh
Dr Sara Silvestri (City University London/ VHI, Cambridge) “From political opposition to lobbying group: the Muslim Brothers in Brussels” Location: G/2, 19 George Square. Time: 5.30 – 7.00.

23 Feb 2011: Seminar on Eastern Christianity at Heyhtrop College, London

Joint Theology Seminar

Centre for Eastern Christianity &Department of Theology Heythrop College, University of London Dr. Lucian Leustean: “Representing Religion in the European Union: The Orthodox Perspective” Wednesday 23 February 2011 4.30-6.00 The Hopkins Room



2 February 2011, seminar on Religion and the European Union: Representing religion in the European Union: Actors and Strategies — Lucian Leustean, Dept. of Politics and International Relations, Aston University and Religion in the EU: actors, priorities and policy communities — Sara Silvestri, International Politics Dept., City University London & Von Huegel Institute, Cambridge Seminars take place on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month (with some exceptions, and always within term time), in the Cañada Blanch Room (J116) Cowdray House, 5:30-7pm – (Find the ‘J’ building on this map:

2 March 2011: Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, on ‘GOOD LIFE IN HARD TIMES’ Sheik Zayed Theatre, 6:30pm. Ticketed event: tickets available from 10am, 22 February (see LSE Events webpage) Chair: Howard Davies

9 March 2011
The transition to an Islamic identity of the Khoja of Zanzibar in the late 19th and early 20th century — Iqbal Akhtar, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and The accommodation of Islam in monoconfessional countries – the cases of Portugal and the Republic of Ireland in comparative perspective — Luís Bernardo, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

4 May 2011

The right of identity. Human rights and religious freedom in contemporary Egypt — Daniele Bolazzi, Dept. of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London and

De-secularizing ‘Bare Life’: Religion, identity and critical human security — Giorgio Shani, Dept. of Politics and Int’l Relations, Int’l Christian University, Tokyo

Faith & Public Policy Forum

Speaker: Jim Wallis

Title: “Christianity & American Politics After Obama”

Date: Wed 30 June 2010  (17.30-19.00)

Venue: The Chapel, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Further Details: here.

Contact: Luke Bretherton
Email: luke.bretherton[[@]]


Conference:“Terrorism and new media”

Venue:Dublin City University, Ireland

Dates: 8 – 9 September 2010

Organisers: Dr. Maura ConwayLisa McInerney.

Further Details: here.



EXCEPS International Conference

Title: “Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalised World”

Dates: Sunday 27th – Wednesday 30 June 2010

Further Information: here.

Venue: Exeter University, UK.

Further Details: here.

Contact: cad209[@]


Workshop:University of Surrey, Institute of Advanced Studies

Title: Responsibility to Rebuild: Linking infrastructure, Governance & Democratisation

The workshop seeks to address three questions:

  • How can the “Responsibility to Rebuild” be delivered in practice?
  • What should international intervention post conflict or natural disaster look like?
  • How can the different strands of physical infrastructure, governance, and civil society participation be woven together?

Dates: 18-19 June 2010

Venue: University of Surrey

Further details: here

Contact: Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta



CRONEM 6th Annual  Conference 2010

Title: Living Together, Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Date: 30th June 2010,

Venue: University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Further details: here.

Contact: m.dumic[@]
“The Terrorist in Search of Humanity”

Dr F.Devji (Oxford) on “The Terrorist in Search of Humanity”, 24 Feb 2010
4pm, City University London (near Angel tube station).
Chair: Dr Sara Silvestri (City Univ.London/ VHI, Cambridge)
Faisal Devji is Reader in Modern South Asian History at the University of
Oxford and Institute of Public Knowledge Scholar at New York University.
He is the author of Landscapes of the Jihad (2005) and The Terrorist in
Search of Humanity (2009).



 2010 ISA Conference

Sara Silvestri  convened 2 panels on ‘Threatening’ Religions, National Interest, and International Security (participants: Kratochwil, Appleby, Croft, Bolaji, Silvestri, Kinnvall), and on Gender, religion and security (participants: Skjelsbaek, Silvestri, Freedman, Maier)

Sandy Livingston, (University of Aberdeen)  convened the panel, ‘Revolution and Contention: theo-political convergence in the Neoliberal International System’ under the Working Group on Religion, Security and IR.

Jeff Haynes and Sandy Livingston applied under another Working Group for a Workshop at the 2010 PSA/BISA Conference, involving Religion, Security and IR members, entitled, ‘Religion and Politics in the Public Realm’ which has 7 panels: Chaired by John Madeley (LSE), Impact of State Regulatory Practices in the Field of Religion;  Chaired by Katarzyna Bylok, (Newcastle University), Religion, Politics and Democracy; Chaired by Christel Stormhøj, (Roskilde University), Religion, Violence and Equality;  Co-chairs: Alberta Giorgi, University of Milano – Bicocca, Timothy Peace, European university Institute; Religion, Migration and Political Participation in Europe; Chair: Christel Stormhøj, (Roskilde University); Religion, Violence and Equality; Chair: Chris Allen, University of Birmingham, Protecting Religion, Conflicting Rights: Drivers, Causes and Consequences; Chair: Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University, International Religious Actors and Politics; Chair: Tamsin Bradley, London Metropolitan University Spirituality, Religion and Politics; Chair: Fiona McCallum, University of St Andrews, ‘Religion and Identity’.

2009 BISA Annual Conference, University of Leicester

The Working Group fielded 3 panels at the December 2009 BISA Annual Conference in Leicester.  Niamh Reilly (National University of Ireland) was Convenor for ‘Gendered Religious Practices, Women’s Human Rights and Security: The European Context; Rosemary Durward (RMAS) was Convenor of a collaborative panel between Working Groups: Gender, Security and IR and Religion, IR and Security, on ‘Religion, Gender and Security’, and Sara Silvestri (City University and Cambridge) was Convenor for ‘Building Security: Secular and Religious Discourses about Engaging and Resisting Women and Human Rights’.

You have a section now on the webpage entitled: Recent publications.  It is unfortunate that the Ashgate book only has the names of the editors.  The contributors are Working Group members.  Can that be rectified?  Here are the authors with their chapter titles:

Kunal Mukherjee, ‘Islamism and Neo-Fundamentalism; Rosemary Durward,  ‘God, the State and War’, Rebecca Glazier, ‘Religiously Motivated Political Violence in Iraq’; Lee Marsden, ‘God, War and Iraq’, Sandy Livingston, ‘Trust Me! Jesus would go to war too, Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, ’Coercing Solidarism: The Secular and Religious in US Exceptionalism; Ivan Manokha, ‘The History of Modern Military Humanitarianism’,  Shazadi Beg, ‘Pakistan’s Tribal Areas: A Battle for Jihad’,  and Serena Sharma, ‘Just Peace’ or Peace Postponed: Jus Post Bellum and the Aftermath of Iraq’.

Symposium on “Race, Religion And Empire in American Power and Identity”

One day symposium organised by The Research Group On American Power (Sponsored by the Universities of Manchester and Edge Hill)

Department Of Politics, School Of Social Sciences, University Of

Friday 5 June 2009

The Symposium will explore the themes and inter-relations of “Race,
Religion and Empire in American Power and Identity” with a view to
increasing our understanding not only of how those factors have helped
to shape American identity and power, but also to consider ways in which
those factors will combine and impact on American power and identity in
the post-Bush era. Leading scholars from the US, Europe and Britain will
examine the ways in which race, religion and empire intertwine and help
constitute US power. Clearly, most recently, Barack Obama’s presidential
victory has brought these themes to broad attention. However, race,
religion, and empire’s symbiotic relationship constitute a deep
structure and process rooted in US history. The Symposium will
interrogate the ways in which historical structures, agencies and
processes have changed and how they might further transform under
President Barack Obama, America’s first African-American head of state.

Tony Smith (Tufts University -Keynote speaker)
Mick Cox (LSE)
Stuart Croft (Warwick)
Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway, London)
Des King (Oxford)
Mark Ledwidge (Warwick, Manchester, Edge Hill)
Lee Marsden (UEA)
Giles Scott-Smith (Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands)
Kevern Verney (Edge Hill)
Srdjan Vucetic (Cambridge)
Angie Wilson (Manchester)

Details from Professor Inderjeet Parmar email:
Booking form (Deadline for registration – 1st April 2009)

A One day Conference “Shifting the Boundaries of Public and Private

Political, Social and International Studies
Post-graduate, Multi-disciplinary Research Conference=20
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 5 June 2009

The boundaries between the public and private spheres are central to how
we study politics, society and culture, economy, political theory and
international relations, amongst others. The public/private distinction
encapsulates the division between state/family/individual and market and
between individual/family and state. Over the past few decades, the
boundaries between these two spheres have shifted as a result of
globalization and transformations of legal codes, social attitudes,
economic and political systems, the shift from government to
‘governance’, as well as the emergence of ‘new actors’ (for example, the
EU, NGOs, international organizations, multinational corporations,
non-state/sub-state political and military groups, amongst others).

Some questions that this conference seeks to address, include, but are not limited to:

* How do we define ‘public’ and ‘private’ in today’s ‘globalizing’ world?
* How do conceptions of public and private differ over time or between places?
* How does the development of religion affect both public and private spheres?
* How does new media shape the public sphere?
* How legitimate are non-governmental or other ‘new’ actors in attempting to define public interest?
* How do ‘old actors’ (such as political elites, trade unions, professional groups, religions) act in new ways?
* How are religion and politics merging in different contexts?
* What does privatization and the impact of new public management mean for the role of government, the relationship between government and citizens and the provision of public services?
* How is the private sphere being reshaped by international and transnational processes?
* What role should state/regional/international law play in protecting invasions of privacy whilst simultaneously protecting individuals within the private sphere?
* How are identities constructed/managed in the context of transformations?

A Conference on “Religion and Democratisations: Friend or Enemy?

London Metropolitan University, City campus, London, E1

17 and 18 April 2009

Religion and democracy are often seen as mutually hostile traditions of how to organise society.This conference will explore the ways that religion engages and relates to democratisation and democracy around the world. London Metropolitan University’s Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, in associationwith the journal Democratization, published by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, is inviting you toparticipate in a conference on the theme of Religion and Democratisations: Friend or Enemy? The conference will be divided into six sessions. Each comprises three papers followed by a response from a discussant and a period for ‘questions and answers’.

1. Exploring the academic debate concerning the relationship between religion, democratisation and democracy.
2. Looking at political action and the role of religious actors in comparative focus.
3. Examining the relationship between Islam and democratisation.
4. Focusing on how Judaism relates to democratisation.
5. How Christianity engages with democratisation.
6. Other relationships between religion and democratisation, including those involving women and ethnic minorities.
Presenters will include:
Istar Gozaydin, Istanbul Technical University
Zehait Gross, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University
Mirjam Künkler, Princeton University, USA
Julia Leininger, German Development Institute

Location: London Metropolitan University, City campus, London, E1

BISA Annual Conference, Exeter University 15-17 December 2008

Panel proposals submitted:

1. Community Engagement for the purposes of Counter-terrorism and Counter-radicalisation: reflections and critiques, international dimensions

Convenor and Chair: Basia Spalek, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Justice, University of Birmingham

Paper 1. ‘Building Strong Communities to Tackle the Terror Threat’, Rachel Briggs, Head of Identity Programme, Demos

Paper 2. ‘Bottom-up, not top-down: misunderstandings about structures linked to paramilitarism and implications for successful NGO intervention’, Dr Bill Tupman, University Fellow, University of Exeter

Panel 3. ‘Neighbourhood Policing meets International Terrorism: Local solutions to a global problem’, Jim Gale (PhD student), University of Exeter

Panel 4. ‘Empowering Salafis and Islamists against al-Qaida: a London counter-terrorism case study’, Robert Lambert (PhD student), University of Exeter

Panel 5. ‘Countering Terrorism in the Community: Muslim women’s reflections on international security and the development of an Islamic feminist critique’, Dr Laura McDonald, Post-graduate Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

2. God and War

Convenor and Discussant: Rosemary Durward, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Defence and International Affairs, RMAS and Ordinand, Church of England
Chair: Dr William Bain, Dept of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Paper 1. ‘God, War and Iraq’, Dr Lee Marsden, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of East Anglia

Paper 2. ‘Military Chaplains and the Ethics of Conflict’, The Revd Canon Andrew Todd, Dean of Chaplaincy Studies, St Michael’s College, University of Wales, Cardiff

Paper 3. ‘Trust Me! Jesus Would Go to War Too’, Sandy Livingston (PhD), Special Interest Groups, Politics, Religion, Political Identity, University of Aberdeen

Paper 4. ‘Coercing Solidarism? The Secular and Religious in US Exceptionalism’, Nicholas Kerton-Johnson (PhD), Honorary Lecturer, University of Bristol

Paper 5. ‘The History of Modern Military Humanitarianism’, Dr Ivan Manokha, Lecturer, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

3. Religion, Order and Dissent

Convenor and Chair: Dr Sara Silvestri, Lecturer, Political Islam/Religion in Global Politics, Centre for International Politics, City University/University of Cambridge
Discussant, Prof. Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Head of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen

Paper 1. ‘Him Only Shalt Thou Serve”: a Christian anarchist critique of the Westphalian international order’, Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, (PhD), Sessional Teacher, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Paper 2. ‘Religious Dissent and Alternative Global Order: The case of Hitzb ut Tahrir’, Dr Sara Silvestri, Lecturer, Political Islam/Religion in Global Politics, Centre for International Politics, City University/University of Cambridge

Paper 3. ‘State, Security and Religious Identity in Turkey’, Dr. Tuncay Kardas, Lecturer & Deputy Head, Sakarya University, Turkey

Paper 4. ‘The role of religio-ethnic communities in Lebanon: do they help or hinder the security and stability of the state?’, Mr John Bradley BA (Oxon.) MA (SOAS)
Institution (PhD), Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, University of Edinburgh

Panel 5. ‘Religious Nationalism and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan’, Saleem Khan (PhD), Dept of Law, Governance and International Relations, London Metropolitan University

Media and Politics Group Annual Conference
University of East Anglia, 6 – 7 November 2008

Contemporary discourse tends to characterise security concerns in the language of religion.
At a time when political ideological divisions are less prominent, it can be suggested that religion now forms the ‘other’ in political discourse. In this way, political conflict is not between, for example, the ideas of Marx and Adam Smith, but between followers of Darwin, Mohammed and Jesus, and for some this might suggest a return to a kind of pre-Enlightenment thinking.
The role of religious actors as protagonists and/or mediators in the war on terror has been variously developed, sustained and challenged by media coverage. The conference is themed around this discourse, which suggests a linkage of security with religion, and is also concerned to explore the role of the modern media in the re-presentation and construction in this process.

26-29 March 2008: ISA Annual Conference, San Francisco: 3 panels:

1. Religion in Global Politics: Actors, Ideas and Dynamics
Convenor: S.Silvestri
Chair: Yosef Lapid (New Mexico State University)
Discussant: Yosef Lapid (New Mexico State University)

Michael Minkenberg (Europa-Universität Viadrina) Party Politics, Religion and
Elections in Western Democracies

Scott Thomas (Bath University) Religion and Global Security

James Mayall (Cambridge University) Religion, Nationalism and International
Relations in the Indian Subcontinent

Sara Silvestri (City University, London, & Cambridge University) The “radical”
message of Muslim politics and the Politics about Islam in Europe

2. Secularism and the Politics of Religion I: Practices of Authority
Convenors: L.Mavelli & Ed Frettingham
Chair: Ayla Göl (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Discussant: Nathan C. Funk (University of Waterloo)

Luca Mavelli (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), ‘In Europe but not of Europe’:
Non Muslims and Muslims beyond the secular/religious divide.

Ed Webb (Dickinson College), Kemalism in more than one country? Religious
Jacobinism in Turkey and Tunisia.

Ahmet T. Kuru (San Diego State University), Secularism and State-Religion
Relations in the United States, France, and Turkey.

Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway, University of London), Secularism and the
Resurgence of Religion: some comparative historical reflections.

3. Secularism and the Politics of Religion II: The Problem of “Religious Violence”
Convenors: L.Mavelli& Ed Frettingham
Chair: Luca Mavelli (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Discussant: Ahmet T. Kuru (San Diego State University)

Edmund Frettingham (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Religion, Security and
Liberalism: British Government Discourse on Islam, 1997-2007.

Stacey Gutkowski (University of Cambridge), 1970s Northern Ireland and the
Secular Evolution of British Policy Towards Religious Violence.

Christian Bundegaard (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva),
Who’s Afraid of Absolute Truth? Conflict Perception and Value Spheres in
International Politics.

Nathan C. Funk (University of Waterloo), Politics in an Apologetic Mode: The
Dangers of Resisting “Mea Culpa”.

16 Jan 08, Seminar on “Secularization and Fundamentalism: Two Faces of the Same Coin?”, by Prof. Olivier Roy (EHESS, Paris) at Centre for International Politics, City University, London, cosponsored with Centre for the Study of Faith in Society, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.



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