A Conference and Workshop

11-13 October 2007
Pluralism has been an important underlying logic within many recent discussions and debates about tolerance, difference, and democracy in multicultural societies, but it has not fared well as either a descriptive or analytical tool. The political language of pluralism emphasizes orthodox religious institutions and theologies and imagines religious individuals relating to each other across distinct lines of difference. As a consequence, models of interreligous engagement that begin with pluralism obscure both the range of orthodoxies and diversity within religious traditions, their sometimes fuzzy and indistinct boundaries, and additionally the range of ways that diverse religious actors respond to similar modern circumstances. Building on these critiques, this conference poses the question of what will come "after pluralism."
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Thursday, 11 October 2007

Public Panel

3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Columbia University School of Law
W & J Warren Hall (corner of 115th and Amsterdam)

The Practices, Structures, and Futures of Religious Pluralism

Keynote Panelists:

James Tully, University of Victoria
"The Practices of Pluralism"

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, SUNY-Buffalo School
"The Way We Live Now: Religion Unbound"

R. Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University
"Equality and Perplexing Legal Questions About Religion"

Panel chair:

Courtney Bender, Columbia University

Public Reception

6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
W & J Warren Hall (corner of 115th and Amsterdam)

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  • Columbia University Department of Religion
  • Center for Democracy, Tolerance and Religion at the School for International and Public Affairs


Keynote Panelists

Contact Us

Courtney Bender

(212) 851-4134
Department of Religion
Columbia University
Room 202
80 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Pamela Klassen

(416) 978-5938
Department and Centre for
the Study of Religion
University of Toronto
123 St. George Street
Toronto ON M5S 2E8

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