The Forum on Religion, originally based in the LSE's European Institute, is now part of the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion. The Forum hosts the Programme's public lectures and an interdisciplinary seminar series, which are free and open to all.
Details and podcasts (where available) of previous events can be found at the Forum on Religion Past Events page.
FORUM ON RELIGION PUBLIC LECTURE
Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems
Date: Thursday 6 February 2014
Venue: LSE campus, venue TBC to ticketholders
Speaker: Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana).
The current global financial crisis has already continued for six years now – much longer than most feared at the beginning. Moreover, there have been several sequels, the Euro crisis being the most notable. Let us reflect on the surprising technical origins of the crisis and the shocking moral ones. Let us ask what the system has learned, what insights have been acted upon, what reform is underway. And let us explore areas that remain to be reformed, in particular the responsibility of governments to embed practices of financial stewardship. Would the restoration of economic stability and prosperity be enough? Pope Francis would have the economy commit to real remedies for grinding poverty, growing inequality, social exclusion and environmental degradation.
This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required; only one ticket per person can be requested.
Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the online ticket request form which will be live on the listing below from approximately 6pm on Wednesday 29 January until at least 12 noon on Thursday 30 January. If at 12 noon we have received more requests than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received. If we have received fewer requests than tickets available, the ticket line will stay open until all tickets have been allocated.
The podcast can be accessed here.
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FORUM ON RELIGION SEMINAR
Governing Difference through Rights: The Politics of Religious Freedom
Speaker: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University)
Chair: Mathijs Pelkmans
Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, WC2A 2AE
What happens when social difference is conceived through the prism of religious rights and religious freedom? Far from occupying an autonomous sphere independent of religious affairs, human rights advocacy is a site of difference and governance that implicates religion in complex ways. This paper explores the consequences of a religious rights model for both politics and religion. It argues that this model regulates the spaces in which people live out their religion in specific and identifiable ways: singling out groups for legal protection as religious groups; moulding religions into discrete “faith communities” with clean boundaries, clearly defined orthodoxies, and senior leaders who speak on their behalf; and privileging a modern liberal understanding of faith. The right to religious freedom is a specific, historically situated mode of governing difference through rights.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd teaches and writes on the politics of religious diversity, the intersection of law and religion, the history and politics of US foreign relations, and the international relations of the Middle East including Turkey and Iran. She is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008), which won an APSA award for the best book in religion and politics (2008-2010) and co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2010) which will appear in paperback in 2013. Recent publications include “International politics after secularism” in Review of International Studies (2012) and “Contested secularisms in Turkey and Iran” in Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives (Ashgate, 2013). Hurd is currently writing a book on the “strategic operationalization” of religion in international affairs and its implications for religion, law and public policy.
The event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Dr Mathijs Pelkmans, firstname.lastname@example.org.