Workshops

Cape Town, South Africa – February 5-6, 2014

Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices in the Southern Africa

The Cape Town workshop aims to explore the kinds of politics being carried out today in the name of religious freedom in Southern Africa, the forms of normative contestation and hybridization that have occurred, and both the colonial and post-colonial origins and agendas of religious liberty.

About the Cape Town Workshop
Cape Town Workshop Program
Cape Town Participants and Bios
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Evanston, IL (Northwestern University) – 17-18 October, 2013

Politics of Religious Freedom: Capstone Workshop

This 2-day capstone workshop is the concluding public event of a three-year project, funded by the Luce Foundation of New York, to study the politics of religious freedom in a variety of contexts, including Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, the U.S., and South Asia. The conference will discuss project findings and new directions for future research.

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Evanston Workshop Program
Evanston Participants
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Cairo, Egypt – January 9-10, 2013

Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

The Cairo workshop will focus on the legal and political struggles around the concept and practice of the right to religious freedom in the Middle East.  Following the events associated with what has been called the “Arab Spring,” we are particularly interested in how the debate on religious liberty is being transformed by the ongoing political unrest and change taking place in the region.

About the Cairo Workshop
Cairo Workshop Program
Cairo Participants and Paper Abstracts
Report on Cairo Workshop

Chiangmai, Thailand – December 14-15, 2011

Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia

In the workshop in Chiangmai, we will focus on the legal and political struggles around the concept and practice of the right to religious freedom in post-colonial societies of the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.  Part of the aim of our project is to track the contested and multivalent meanings and histories of the right to religious liberty in non-western societies, with special attention to how the development of this concept in Europe, the United States, and international law continues to shape debates in non-western parts of the world.

About the Chiangmai Workshop
Report on Chiangmai Workshop
Chiangmai Workshop Program
Chiangmai Participants and Paper Abstracts

Venice, Italy – July 11-12, 2011

Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices

Hosted by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation – Venice School of Human Rights

We will hold our first workshop in Europe, which remains one of the most influential centers for thinking about different models of religious pluralism and religious liberty. Given its variegated history of church-state relations, legal traditions, and layered jurisdictions, Europe is a crucial site for re-thinking the history and politics of the right to religious freedom. This first workshop will explore contemporary legal and political debates, conflicts, and ongoing practical projects concerning religious freedom in Europe.

About the Venice Workshop
Report on Venice Workshop
Venice Workshop Program
Venice Participants and Paper Abstracts