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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Religion and Catastrophes Workshop

15th December 2010, 09:45 to 16:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall

The venue can accommodate maximum 30 participants. Please, communicate your intention to participate by sending an email to the workshop convener Dr. Claudia Merli claudia.merli@durham.ac.uk 

Programme 

09.45-10.00 Opening/coffee

10.00-10.30   Introduction. Reversals of what is expected: magnitude of events and the politics of cosmologies: Claudia Merli (Department of Anthropology, Durham University)

10.30-11.00   Inshallah: Reconciling the mercy and benevolence of God with life in Pakistan: Stephen M. Lyon (Department of Anthropology, Durham University)

11.00-11.30   You must have a god riding on your shoulder: Himalayan idioms on surviving thunderbolts and landslides: Ben Campbell (Department of Anthropology, Durham University)

11.30-12.00Everyday survival in death's shadow with 'Allah' or 'Raam': The ultimate mantra for a cyclone prone poor community in Bangladesh: Md. Nadiruzzaman (Department of Geography, Durham University)

12.00-12.30 Buffet

12.30-13.00  Zionism and modern political possibility: redemption and catastrophe as modern politics: Ilan Zvi Baron (School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University)

13.00-13.30   Globalisation as catastrophe: Stories of dislocation and resilience in Latin American religious discourses: Joanildo Burity (Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University)

13. 30-14.00  Some reflections on the Quaker peace testimony: Peter Collins (Department of Anthropology, Durham University)

14.00-14.15 Coffee

14.15 -14.45 Virtues, resilience, and secular naturalism: Ian James Kidd (Department of Philosophy, University of Durham)

14.45-15.15   Humaneness, humanism and religion: Guy Bennett-Hunter (Department of Philosophy, University of Durham)

15.15-15.45  Discussion and Publication plans

15.45-16.00 Planning future events

Contact claudia.merli@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.