Religion and Global Public Life
Convenor: Mark Juergensmeyer
The research hub on Global Religion in Public Life at the UCSB Orfalea Center brings together faculty and advanced graduate students who are interested in the role of religion in the social, cultural, and political transformations related to globalization. By “global religion” we mean both the transnational reach of religious traditions, and the varied religious responses to globalization. By “public life” we mean anything in the arena of the public sphere from political institutions to movements in civil society. We research such diverse topics as religious nationalism, social media, diasporic communities, multiculturalism, terrorism, and social paranoia as exhibited in racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia. Almost any aspect of contemporary culture and society is affected by the tumultuous changes of globalization and its religious responses.
Workshop: October 27, 2017 Lecture Series and Workshop on the Topic of: “Thank God We’re Not Like Them” The Global Dimensions of Religious Othering Concept: This is a topic that has been developed in consultation with a working group of faculty from various departments who work on religion-related research
Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in the Multiethnic Empires of Ancient Iran Co-sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative, the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Funds at UCSB, and the Gramian-Emrani Foundation Schedule of Events PANEL 1: THE ACHAEMENID PERIOD (10:00-12:30) Chair: Janet Afary, UCSB 1. John W.I. Lee, UCSB Achaemenid Mixed
The Orfalea Center Research Hub on Religion in Global Public LIfe is hosting a colloquium on a work in progress entitled “Othering in ISIS”. Mark Juergensmeyer very recently has been in the region of Iraq and Syria to conduct research, and will be reporting on his findings in this