New on Rethinking Religion

Head over to Rethinking Religion to listen to audio from recent talks by Jose Casanova and Alyshia Galvez.

Listen to  talk by Jose Casanova, one of the world’s top scholars in the sociology of religion, delivered on January 31st, 2013 at Columbia University. The talk explores, first, the concept of diffused “civil” religion in contradistinction to differentiated “eclesiastical” or “denominational” religion. It then examines the pattern of congruent relations between “civil” and “denominational” religion in America in comparison to two divergent European patterns: the French laicist oppositional model between civil and Catholic religion and the Nordic secular integrational model between civil and Lutheran religion. Finally, it examines the conditions under which both “civil” and “denominational” religions in America may turn “uncivil,” ending with some critical reflections about the contemporary culture wars around gender and sexual mores. Jose Casanova is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center’s Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular.

Professor Galvez, a cultural anthropologist (PhD, NYU 2004),  spoke at Columbia University on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013. Her work focuses on the efforts by Mexican immigrants in New York City to achieve the rights of citizenship. This talk asked: How do spaces of devotion become spaces of activism? What role does faith play in the construction of civic spaces and civil society among recent immigrant groups? What are the limitations of these forms of social mobilization? This talk will explore a decade of Guadalupan-based devotion and activism for immigration rights among recent Mexican immigrants in New York City. Based on Gálvez’s extended ethnographic research in New York City and many years of activism and advocacy, she will reflect on the changing immigrant rights movement and its intersection with faith based institutions and organizations.

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