Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on: The Politics of Religion Freedom
What happens when social difference is conceived through the
prism of religious rights and religious freedom? Join us for a lecture by
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd as she explores the consequences of a religious rights
model for politics and religion, arguing that it singles out religious groups
for legal protection as religious groups; molds religions into discrete faith
communities with clean boundaries, clearly defined orthodoxies, and senior
leaders who speak on their behalf; and privileges a modern liberal understanding
of fa! ith. The right to religious freedom is one among many possible modes of
governing social difference in contemporary international relations.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She 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.
Sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.