2011 Religion and International Affairs Dissertation Workshop

The SSRC program on religion and the public sphere will convene twelve advanced graduate students and five distinguished professors for a five-day dissertation workshop on religion and international affairs. The workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to share their ongoing work and receive critical feedback from their peers as well as from a small group of distinguished faculty members. During the course of the workshop, students will lead discussions of their own projects and entertain critiques from both student and faculty participants on their fieldwork or research plans, writing strategies, and conceptual frameworks. Prior to the workshop, participants will prepare synthetic essays incorporating what they take to be the key methodological and thematic issues in each of the projects to be presented and discussed. These synthetic papers will themselves be presented at the workshop and will help to orient discussions. The workshop will take place June 5-9, 2011 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

Student Participants

Letitia Campbell, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University
Encountering the Other, Engaging the World: Christian Short-Term Mission as Popular Ethics and Vernacular Cosmopolitanism

Aryo Danusiri, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Arab Saints and Sufi Bikers: Urban Circulatory Forms of the Tariqa Alawiyya Youth Movement in Contemporary Indonesia

Jeffrey Guhin, Department of Sociology, Yale University
Moral Technology: A Comparison of Sunni Muslim and Evangelical Protestant High Schools in Amman and New York

Andrew Johnson, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Religion Behind Bars: Pentecostalism Inside Brazilian Prisons and the Social Consequences of Religious Inmates

Rosemary Lee, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
A Printing Press for Shah Abbas: Science, Learning, and Evangelization in the Near East, 1600-1650

Ronald Osborn, Political Science and International Relations Program, University of Southern California
Re-Conceptualizing "Religious Violence"

Lena Salaymeh, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Legal Histories: Contextual Changes and Comparative (Re)Considerations

Tanya Sermer, Department of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Soundscapes of Jerusalem: Musical Language, Political Discourse, and the Battle to Define the Jewish State

Jenna Tiitsman, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Whole Earth Made Vocal: Religious Imaginaries of the World at the Advent of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Secularization in the East?: Capitalism and Catholicism in Bangalore and Dubai

Chika Watanabe, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Making Persons: Religion and Transformation in Capacity Building Trainings by a Japanese NGO in Burma/Myanmar

Ismail Yaylaci, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The Discourse of Post-Islamism and Performative Socialization in International Order: Secularism, Democracy, and Islamist Subjectivity in Turkey and Egypt