In this tenth conversation in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series, Seligman will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss such themes as civil society, trust, authority, collective belonging and the challenges posed by individualism and modern human rights discourse to any shared idea of a substantive public good. Weaving together theory and practice, the two scholars will also discuss Seligman’s role as director of CEDAR, which leads workshops every year on how to live with difference in a divided world.
- Reset Dialogues on Civilizations is proud to work with The Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion to host the conference “Toleration in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Practices, Documents” from January 19-23, 2021, over Zoom. The conference gathers scholars to talk about the ways in which religious toleration has been articulated and practiced in places and periods outside of modern “Western” history. Each day will feature a thematic panel — on spaces, philosophy, law, political theory and textual interpretation — that brings together speakers from across fields and disciplines. The conference will begin with a keynote address by Professor Denis Lacorne, of Sciences Po.
- Hefner will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss the background to and aftermath of his major work Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia (2000) and the promises and limitations for democratization in Muslim-majority countries two decades later. The two scholars will also discuss the dynamics of contention and patterns of collaboration between public and Muslim education in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world, as well as between public and religious education globally.
- 10 years ago, an unprecedented season of uprisings and political and social changes – now referred to as the Arab Spring – swept North Africa and the Near East. Today, we are seeing transformations, considered unimaginable at the time, both internally and in the region’s balance of power. Reset DOC, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is organizing a two-day international conference that will look at what has been accomplished over these last ten years and how much road is left to go in rebuilding democracy in the region.
- Appleby will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss the Fundamentalism Project, its strengths and weakness, and the continuing validity of the category of fundamentalism or “strong” religion, as well as Contending Modernities, its originating assumption, and the project’s most important outcomes to date. They will also examine the ambivalence of the sacred and its power to both sacralize and desacralize violence, as well as religious contributions—particularly Catholic ones—to peacemaking.
- In the aftermath of last week’s vote, Reset DOC in collaboration with the Italian Academy at Columbia University and the Centro Studi Americani in Rome will host an event of world-renowned experts to examine the results of the November 3rd elections with an outlook towards the long-term effects of these deep semantic and cultural divisions.
- In this conversation, Bhargava will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss Indian secularism, as well as comparative secularism globally. They will examine the particular challenges that majoritarian Hindu nationalism presents to Indian secularism, the relationship between dual global crises of secularism and of democracy, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting both. They will also discuss U.S.-Indian relations in the context of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- The pandemic shock, the “titanic”, but still on-paper, reaction with the Next Generation EU package, the multiple threats and tensions in the neighborhood and the “vanishing” momentum for democracy globally. Where is the EU heading after the shock(s) of 2020? A special double initiative by ResetDOC and Fondazione Corriere della Sera.
- Peter van der Veer is director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen. His work focuses on religion and nationalism. Specifically, he is interested in a syntagmatic structure linking four concepts – religion, magic, secularity, and spirituality – and how they’ve emerged entangled in global colonial encounters between East and West. He also works on issues of refugees and religion, in addition to other modern global encounters, primarily between Asia and Europe. This conversation builds on four others in the ongoing Global Religious and Secular Dynamic Discussion Series.
- Dr. Azza Karam, secretary-general of Religions for Peace, will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss the evolution of the role of major religious bodies and multinational faith-based organizations on the world stage and at the United Nations. They will then turn to topics of religious pluralism and mutual recognition of religions, examining the role of dialogue at different levels of engagement. This conversation builds on four others in the ongoing Global Religious and Secular Dynamic Discussion Series.