Symposium on “Religion & Law”

Symposium on Religion and Law at VTechWhen: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9 am – 4 pm
Where: 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA
Cost: Free and open to the public

The role of religion in politics has, of course, merited some public discussion recently, as scholars and politicians alike have struggled to understand the appeal of ISIS, the status of secularism in Europe, the policies of African nations such as Uganda, and reactions to the migrations of peoples into the United States. Moreover, how much can past intersections of religion and politics inform the present? Should we, for example, look to the Crusades for answers on ISIS or to the American Civil War for answers on the question of immigration and “birthright” citizenship? The particular expertise of the faculty at Virginia Tech, particularly in the Department of Religion & Culture (RLCL) and School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) have light to shed on these questions. Combining that expertise with that of St. Andrews’ Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (having worked directly with the Dalai Llama, the Vatican, and the government of Somaliland, among others), could potentially result in a very productive partnership. But for this partnership to grow, we must become more familiar with one another.

Guests Speakers

  • Prof. Mario Aguilar, “Exploring Religion and Politics in Contemporary Constitutionalism: The New Constitutions of Somaliland and Kenya”
  • Dr. Eric Stoddart, “Surveillance, Privacy and (In)visibility: Attending to Skill Not Only Taking Recourse to Law”
  • Prof. Rachel Scott, “Religion and the Egyptian Constitution: Women, the Family, Islamic Law, and National Culture”
  • Prof. Raji Singh Soni, “Impunity’s Ends: Critiques of State Violence between Law and Sikh Cultural Memory”

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