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Religion, Protest and Social Upheaval

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NOVEMBER 15-17, 2017

The recent proliferation of social, political, and economic protest and populist expression, from Black Lives Matter to Hindu Nationalism, invites renewed exploration of religion's age-old power to fuel and shape cultural change. This conference brings together a diverse group of scholars across national and religious divides to examine the impact of religion on various social and political movements. Organized around six themes — nationalism, immigration, race, gender, ecological concern, and economics — the conference aims to illuminate the complex dynamics of religion in protest and social upheaval. 

This conference is co-sponsored by Religious Studies and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Preliminary Schedule

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

1-3:15 PM: Religion and Nationalism

Presider: Caroline Johnson Hodge, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Balmurli Natrajan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, William Paterson University, on Hindu Nationalism

Donovan Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania (former lecturer at University of Oxford) on Religious Affects and Trumpism

Respondent: Mathew Schmalz, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

3:30-5:45 PM: Religion and Immigration

Presider: Caner Dagli, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Zayn Kassam, Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College on Muslims and Migration

Nichole Flores, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia on Religion and Latinx Immigration

Respondent: Justin Poche, Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

9-11:15 AM: Religion and Gender/Sexuality

Presider: Karen Guth, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Kwok Pui Lan, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University on Religion and the Women’s March

Ju Hui Judy Han, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UCLA on Religion and LGBTQ Movements

Respondent: Mary Roche, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

1-3:15 PM: Religion and Race/Ethnicity

Presider: Joanne Pierce, Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Mark Lewis Taylor, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary on Religion and the Alt-Right

J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Theology, English, and African American Studies, Duke Divinity School on Religion and Black Lives Matter

Respondent: Nadine Knight, Assistant Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross

3:30-5:45 PM: Religion and Economy

Presider: Todd Lewis, Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Devin Singh, Assistant Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College on Religion and Capitalism

C. Melissa Snarr, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School on Religion and Labor Movements

Respondent: Kendy Hess, Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

9-11:15 AM: Religion and Ecology

Presider: Rev. William Clark, S.J., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Chung Hyun Kyung, Associate Professor of Ecumenical Studies, Union Theological Seminary on Interfaith, Indigeneity, and Ecological Movements

Mary Doak, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego on Catholicism, Pope Francis, and Ecological Movements

Respondent: William Reiser, Professor and Chair, Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross