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Religion and Internationalism Faculty Colloquium

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Kim Koo Library, 3rd Floor

Religion and Internationalism Faculty Colloquium, sponsored by the Watson Institute’s Religion and Internationalism Project and the Religious Studies Department. 

The colloquium will take the form of book discussions and research presentations relating to current debates about the meaning and place of religion and secularism in international affairs, both in the academy and beyond. It seeks to bring together scholars from across the Brown community with the aim of developing novel interdisciplinary research approaches and theoretical inquiries, and exchanging ideas on policy relevant initiatives that would inform public debates. The ultimate goal would be to create an interdisciplinary network at Brown that would engage in a series of joint projects over the next few years.

The first meeting will focus on Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury and Free Speech (Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley; 2009) (essays by Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler and Saba Mahmood), which is also available online at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/84q9c6ft . The meeting will take place on October 19th , 3-5 pm at the Kim Koo Library (located on the third floor at the Watson Institute for International Studies).

If you are interested in participating in this particular event and/or being part of the Religion and Internationalism Faculty Colloquium, or if you know another Brown scholar who might be interested in this meeting and/or the series, please let us know. We hope to generate stimulating interdisciplinary discussions and projects around religion and the public sphere and we look forward to your insights and feedback. For questions, queries and suggestions please contact Nathaniel Berman (nathaniel_berman@brown.edu), Thomas A. Lewis (thomas_lewis@brown.edu) and Nukhet Sandal (nukhet_sandal@brown.edu).