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Religion II – Dynamics, Processes, and Change

April 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University will host a one-day conference entitled Religion II: Dynamics, Processes, and Change on Friday, April 21, 2017. IRCPL will bring together visiting scholars and fellows to take up the theme of religion from various critical perspectives that engage: democratic processes, states, ideologies, identity-making, gender, social class, kinship, space, symbols and meaning construction in diverse places such as Canada, China, India, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, and the U.S. The conference aims to facilitate an active intellectual exchange and provide a comparative understanding of the multi-layered dynamics and processes undergirding religion in societies.



Panel 1: Religious Politics, Labor and Economic Thought // 10:00am-11:30am

Discussant: Katherine Ewing (IRCPL Director, Columbia University)

Sami Al-Daghistani (IRCPL, Columbia University & University of Leiden)
Modernity, Islamization, and the Making of Islamic Economics

Bahar Tabakoglu (IRCPL, Columbia University & The New School For Social Research)
Religious Catalysis: Constructing Politics, Class and Identity in Turkey and India

Sirine Mechbal (IRCPL, Columbia University & University of Paris IV- La Sorbonne)
“Doing God’s Work?” Religion, Labor and Organizing: The Case of New York City’s Egyptian and Mexican Street Vendors

Coffee Break // 11:30-11:45am

Panel 2: State-Society Relations, Sovereignty, and Constitution-Making // 11:45am-12:45pm

Discussant: Jessica Roda (Heyman Center, Columbia University)

Navid Zarrinnal (MESAAS, Columbia University)
Safavid Iran and Mughal India: Ulema-State Relations in Comparative Perspective

Matan Cohen (MESAAS, Columbia University)
(Re)thinking the (Post)Secular: Disaggregated Sovereignty and Post-National Constitution-Making in Palestine-Israel

Lunch Break // 12:45pm-1:45pm

Panel 3:  Making of Identities, Social Space, and Cultural Practices // 1:45pm-3:15pm

Discussant: Soraya Batmanghelichi (IRCPL, Columbia University)

Jessica Roda (Heyman Center, Columbia University)
Beyond Blood and Filiation? Solidarity, Affinity and Caring Among Ex-Haredim

Gabi Abramac (Steinhardt, New York University)
Hasidic Negotiations with Digital Media: Prohibition, Restriction and Legitimization

Daniela Moisa (Sudbury University)
Religion Behind Closed Doors: Housing, Authenticity and Everyday Life in Orthodox Community, Quebec, Canada

Coffee Break // 3:15pm-3:30pm

Panel 4: Texts, Ethics, and Narratives of Devotion // 3:30pm-5:00pm

Discussant: Bahar Tabakoglu (IRCPL, Columbia University & The New School For Social Research)

Manpreet Kaur (IRCPL and Department of Religion, Columbia University)
Genre and Affect In Early Modern South Asian Devotional Poetry

Robban Toleno (Department of Religion, Columbia University)
Longevity Patterns Among Buddhists, Daoists, and Public Officials in Pre-Modern China

Yuri Contreras-Vejar (City University of New York & Universidad Diego Portales)
Regimes of Happiness: An Intellectual History of Ethical Ideals and Religion


April 21, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


80 Claremont Ave, 1st Floor Conference Room
80 Claremont Ave
New York, 10027
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