Pentecôtisme et développement

Un appel à sessions est ouvert pour le prochain colloque de The European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) sur Pentecostalism and Development, 5–6 septembre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Londres. Date limite de candidature 30 avril 2014.

Journée des études juives

Afin de mesurer l’importance des études juives en langue française, d’en repérer les tendances et de favoriser la promotion de nos meilleurs étudiants, la Société des études juives et le Centre d’études juives de l’EHESS proposent une journée des doctorants francophones en Etudes juives, E.H.E.S.S., Paris, 28 mai 2014. Les doctorants intéressés par cette initiative pourront exposer leurs travaux de manière individuelle ou en se regroupant par thèmes.  Continuer la lecture de « Journée des études juives »

Public / privé: politiques religieuses et laïques au 21ème siècle

Un autre appel à contribution est ouvert pour le colloque 2014 ECPR, Public and Private: Religious/secular politics in the 21st Century, Glasgow, 3-6 septembre 2014. Date limite de candidature 12 février 2014.

The modern state has supposedly taken control from religious institutions over the regulation of significant aspects of private lives like marriage, sexual behavior, parenting and education. In practice, religion continues to play a significant role in private lives, the division of authority between religious and secular institutions often remains unclear and religious and secular groups struggle over questions of authority. Consequently, in many countries religion remains central to political debates and religious politics remains a contentious issue. Agreements and arrangements between religious and secular established in earlier years face different challenges in the contemporary global world when religious (or traditional) groups demand to restore order and morality, or secular groups demand new freedoms and less religious authority. Questions like the recognition of gay marriage, abortion, polygamy and religious slaughter of animals receive political salience as states contend with conflicting demands of groups unsatisfied with existing rules and groups fighting against change. In many democracies, therefore, previous agreements between are re-negotiated between religious and secular groups. This proposed panel invites papers that engage with different aspects of religion in private lives and the political debates or struggles involved. Specifically, topics like gay marriage, abortion, religious rituals and religious/secular education are welcome.
In case you are interested, please send us notice by mail as soon as possible, and send a complete abstract (100-200 words) by Wednesday 12 February to Guy Ben-Porat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel gbp@som.bgu.ac.il and Jeffhaynes106868@aol.com.

Conflit de cultures dans les mondes contemporains

Un appel à contribution est ouvert pour le colloque 2014 ECPR, Culture Wars in the Contemporary World, Glasgow, 3-6 septembre 2014. Date limite de candidature 12 février 2014.

Convenors: Alberta Giorgi (Centro de Estudos Sociais, Coimbra, albertagiorgi@ces.uc.pt) and Luca Ozzano (University of Turin, luca.ozzano@unito.it)
The concept of “culture wars” has been proposed for the first time, in its present meaning, by James Davison Hunter in his 1991 book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, arguing that contemporary America was the battlefield of the struggle between the orthodox (finding their guide in transcendent authority and in principles inherited from the past) and the progressives (committed to rationalism and to the change towards a more inclusive and tolerant world). In the following years, a fierce debate flared in both academic circles and popular press, about the existence, the consistency, and the meaning of this cultural struggle.
Although the concept has been applied mainly to the US case, there have been some attempts to adopt it also in relation to other cases studies: for example, the affaire du foulard in France, the controversies about religious symbols (such as the crucifix and the veil) in public schools, the accusations of blasphemy related to the Danish cartoons, the bioethical issues, and the debates on same-sex marriage and adoption in several European countries. Some scholars have also proposed the idea of a “global culture war” waged by powerful transnational organizations, in both the Christian and the Muslim world.
Papers’ topics include (but are not limited to): case studies on a single issue/country, cross-country comparisons, analyses of the role of transnational organizations, longitudinal analyses.
In case you are interested, please send us notice by mail as soon as possible, and send us a complete abstract (100-200 words) by Wednesday 12 February.