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News Archives - Religion & International Affairs | 2011

  • Students at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Complete 2011 Israel-Palestine Project

    Students in Diane Winston’s Reporting on Religion class at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California went to Israel in a unique collaboration with On Being, Krista Tippett’s award-winning radio program. The graduate students’ multimedia reporting was published on the On Being blog, on a class Tumblr page, and in many major publications, and the 2011 Israel-Palestine Project now showcases their work online.

  • Summer School for Religion and Public Life Held in Cyprus

    Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs held the 2011 Summer School for Religion and Public Life in Bulgaria. The theme, "A Mosaic of Margins: Ethnicity, Religion, and Belonging," gave fellows the opportunity to focus on problems of marginality in contemporary social life.

    (Photo: Tony Schnitter)

    Last year's summer institute, held in Cyprus, focused on the theme of "Divided Cities." A New York Times article about the project is available here.

  • SSRC Dissertation Workshop

    In early June, the Social Science Research Council's program on religion and the public sphere convened twelve advanced graduate students and five distinguished professors for a five-day dissertation workshop on religion and international affairs. Over the course of the workshop, students shared their ongoing work, considered critiques from student and faculty participants, and debated the coherence of the very banner under which they had been gathered. Throughout the summer, a group of these students have been blogging regularly for The Immanent Frame, sharing notes and reflections on their emerging research, as well as other insights and questions, ruminations and observations. Read all of their contributions to Notes from the Field.

  • Venice Workshop Examines Politics of Religious Freedom

    The “Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices,” a three-year project based at the University of California, Berkeley, and Northwestern University, held its first workshop in Venice in July 2011. A report is available here. The workshop brought together academics, human rights and civil society organizations, plus jurists and policy-makers who have helped to reshape national and international debates on religious freedom. Invited participants considered the relation between European debates and the legal governance of religious difference in other parts of the world including the Middle East, Africa, the United States, and Asia. The workshop also built on an intensive summer course on the politics of religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities co-taught by the project team at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EUIC). The project organizers were Saba Mahmood (UC-Berkeley), Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern), Winnifred Sullivan (SUNY-Buffalo Law), and Peter Danchin (University of Maryland Law).

  • Knight Luce Fellowship Recipients Announced

    The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism announced the recipients of the 2011 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion. From a pool of more than 50 applicants, seven American journalists were chosen to receive stipends from $5,000 to $25,000 to report and write stories illuminating how religion crosses geographic, temporal and ideological borders. The fellowship is sponsored by the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the University of Southern California and funded by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

  • Woodrow Wilson Center Holds Seminar on Religion and Politics

    On Monday, February 14, 2011, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. held a seminar entitled “Religious Revival in the 21st Century: What Impact on Politics?” The seminar featured a diverse group of fellows supported over the past three years by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, offering presentations on topics such as “The Counter-Jihad,” “The Appeal of the Al Qaeda Message,” “Religious Revival in China,” and “Religious Politics in Latin America.” The Woodrow Wilson Center seeks to memorialize Woodrow Wilson by providing a forum for neutral dialogue on important national and international issues.

  • Orfalea Center at UC-Santa Barbara Hosts Workshop on Role of Religion in Civil Society in South/Southeast Asia

    On Saturday, January 15, 2011, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California - Santa Barbara hosted an all-day invitational workshop as part of a Luce Foundation-sponsored initiative to examine the role of religion in global civil society. This workshop brought together academic experts on South and Southeast Asia with practitioners from international NGOs working in the region to discuss the role that religion plays in civil society within this regional context.

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