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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on: The Politics of Religion Freedom

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302 420 West 118th

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.