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20050421religiouspluralismanddemocracy

April 21, 2005

Conference on New Religious Pluralism and Democracy

The conference, sponsored by the University's Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Peace, explored the changing relationship between politics and religion on both sides of the Atlantic. Participants included leading US and European scholars from the disciplines of philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theology. The conference gave rise to a book, Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, ed. Thomas Banchoff (Oxford University Press, 2007). Cosponsors were the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Center for Democracy and the Third Sector, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Department of Government, Department of Theology, and the Program for Jewish Civilization.

This conference, convened by Thomas Banchoff, Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, was the first of three in a series. In March 2006, the Berkley Center hosted the inaugural Conference on the New Religious Pluralism in World Politics, and in March 2007 the Berkley Center, along with Robert Wuthnow, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, hosted the Conference on Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights. Two books based on those conferences were published with Oxford University Press and edited by Center director Thomas Banchoff: Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics (2008) and Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights (2011, co-edited with Robert Wuthnow).

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, PANEL DISCUSSIONS

New Contours of Religious Diversity

Peter L. Berger, Boston University 
José Casanova, New School University
Pippa Norris, Harvard University (with Ronald Inglehart)
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University (moderator) 

Islam in Atlantic Democracies

Sam Cherribi, Emory University
Grace Davie, University of Exeter
John Esposito, Georgetown University
Danièle Hervieu-Léger, EHESS, Paris
Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University (moderator)

Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy

Diana Eck, Harvard University
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
Miroslav Volf, Yale University
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University

Featuring

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism. She has written and edited over 20 books, including Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011) and The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012). She is currently working on Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, which will be published by Harvard in 2013. Nussbaum has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities, been a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, held multiple positions with the American Philosophical Association, and received 32 honorary degrees. Nussbaum received her B.A. from NYU and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Participants

Thomas Banchoff

Thomas Banchoff

Thomas Banchoff is Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University. He also serves as founding director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and as Professor in the Department of Government and the School of...
Peter Berger

Peter Berger

Peter Berger is a senior research fellow and professor emeritus of religion, sociology, and theology at Boston University. He is one of the foremost scholars in the field of sociology of religion. He previously served as the founding director of...
Daniel Brumberg

Daniel Brumberg

Daniel Brumberg is an Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. He also serves as Acting Director of the United States Institute of Peace's Muslim World Initiative, where he...
José Casanova

José Casanova

José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has...
Sam Cherribi

Sam Cherribi

Sam Cherribi is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Emory University and a former Member of Parliament from the Netherlands. He conducts research on European politics, Islam in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, EU governance, and development...
Diana Eck

Diana Eck

Diana Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She directs the research of The Pluralism Project, which documents...
John Esposito

John Esposito

John L. Esposito is a University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown...
Daniele Hervieu-Leger

Daniele Hervieu-Leger

Danièle Hervieu-Léger is a French sociologist who specializes in the sociology of religion, and her research focuses included the description of sociology and the theoretical interpretation of religion’s modern manifestations, including...
Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as ARC Laureate Fellow and professor of Government at the University of Sydney. She has also served as Director of...
Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. He previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. A native of Croatia, he stresses a theology of...