[May 25] International Symposium “Religion, Violence and Global Politics”

International Symposium
“Religion, Violence and Global Politics”

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Date/Time:

13:00-16:00, Monday, May 25, 2015

Venue:

International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House, ICU

Sponsors:

Japan ICU Foundation, ICU Rotary Peace Center, ICU Social Science Research Institute

Rationale:

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, religion has been synonymous with violence. There has been a corresponding “religious resurgence” in International Relations and much of the literature on religion and global politics, including Peace Studies, has focused on global religiously inspired terrorism. Professor Mark Juergensmeyer (University of California Santa Barbara) has been a pioneer in the field of religion and global politics. He is founding director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of global studies, sociology, and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Author of more than three hundred articles and twenty books, his many publications include the widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (2003) and the recent Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press, 2008). He will be giving a keynote speech based on a paper From Bhindranwale to Bin Laden: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. This will be of direct relevance to those students taking the GE Course on Religion and Global Politics (GES008) with Prof. Giorgio Shani (Director, Rotary Peace Center, ICU) who will also be giving a presentation based on his recent book on Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge 2014). The first session will also be of interest to graduate students working on related issues, particularly Rotary Peace Fellows, and students taking IRL 385 Advanced Studies in Human Security.

The second session of the symposium, chaired by Professor John Maher (Director, IERS), will examine media representations of religious violence and terrorism. Professor Miriam Wattles (Director of University of California Tokyo Center and Associate Professor of Art History, University of California Santa Barbara) and Professor Beverley Curran (Media, Cultural Studies and Communications, ICU) will present. This will be of interest to students of Art History, Anthropology, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies Media Studies and Sociology.

Schedule:

13:00-13:05 Introductory remarks: Professor Anri Morimoto, Vice President of Academic Affairs (ICU)

First Session 13:00-15:00 RELIGION, VIOLENCE, AND GLOBAL POLITICS
Chair: (TBC)

13:05-13:50 Keynote Presentation
Presenter: Professor Mark Juergensmeyer (UCSB)
From Bhindranwale to Bin Laden: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

13:50-14:10 Discussion Q&A

14:10-14:30 Presentation: Giorgio Shani (ICU)
Religion, Identity and Human Security: A Post-Secular Approach

14:30-14:40 Discussion Q&A

14:40-15:00 Coffee Break

Second Session 15:00-16:00 RELIGION, VIOLENCE, AND GLOBAL POLITICS: MEDIATED
Chair: Professor John Maher (ICU)

15:00- 15:20 Presentation: Professor Miriam Wattles (UCSB)
Mocking Memes to Mourning Memes: The Recurring Violence of Identity

15:20-15:30 Discussion Q&A

15:30-15:50 Presentation: Professor Beverley Curran (ICU)
Comics representations of violence, religion, and politics

15:50-16:00 Discussion Q&A

16:00 Closing Remarks and prayer (TBC)

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