DePauw to Host Two-Day Symposium: 'Roman Catholicism and Islam as Transcivilizational Political Phenomena'
April 11, 2006
April 11, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University will host a symposium, "Roman Catholicism and Islam as Transcivilizational Political Phenomena," on April 24-25, 2006. The event will feature scholars from Rutgers, Georgetown and Pepperdine Universities, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and members of the DePauw faculty. The sessions all take place in the Emerson Room of the Walden Inn Conference Center and are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Lee G. Hall Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Political Science, the symposium will bring together several of the nation's leading experts on religious politics in the contemporary world. "These scholars will compare and contrast the political roles of Islam and Catholicism: two monotheistic religious traditions with strong missionary histories, which promote values and beliefs held to be universal," states Ted G. Jelen, Lee G. Hall Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at DePauw University. "Adherents of both traditions are politically consequential actors in diverse national and regional settings throughout the world."
Professor Jelen (seen at right) adds, "This symposium will compare and contrast the political role of each tradition in different national, regional and global political contexts, and will pose the question of the comparability of political impact of Islam and Catholicism. The symposium participants will consider whether, and to what extent, the Catholicism/Islam comparison can provide material for more general theories of sacred politics."
The symposium schedule includes:
Monday, April 24:
- 4 p.m. Opening Session Welcome Address: "The Search for a Theory of Sacred Politics,"Ted G. Jelen, Lee G. Hall Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, DePauw University
- 5 p.m. Session II: The Transcivilizational Politics of Roman Catholicism -- "The Vatican as a Transcivilizational Actor," Mary C. Segers, Professor of Political Science and Department Chair, Rutgers University; "Catholic Politics and Religions Markets: A Comparative Perspective"; Ted G. Jelen with Discussant: Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Tuesday, April 25
- 9 a.m. Session III: The Transcivilizational Politics of Islam -- "Islam, Law, and Politics in the Middle East," Mehran Tamadonfar, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; "Muslims and the State in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany," Joel S. Fetzer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University and J. Christopher Soper, Director, Center for Faith and Learning, Pepperdine University with Discussant: Jeffrey Kenney, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, DePauw University
- 11 a.m. Session IV: Roundtable: Summary and Prospects -- Joel S. Fetzer, Ted G. Jelen, Jeffrey Kenney, Mary C. Segers, Mehran Tamadonfar, Clyde Wilcox.
For further information, contact Professor Jelen by sending an e-mail here or call (765) 658-4754.Back