• 1.Conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life

    Building on a wide swath of recent scholarship, the SSRC conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life explores the institutions and traditions that construct spiritual activities and identities, and it considers their relations to systems and patterns of political participation and public engagement in the contemporary United States. Invited papers addressed questions of spirituality in politics, culture, and the media as well as the meaning of the "public sphere" and civil religion, while other topics were taken up during multidisciplinary panel discussions in which leading scholars assessed the current state of the study of spirituality in their respective fields.

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    Lindsay Rogers Common Room, Columbia University
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    Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life
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  • 2.Spiritual Politics/The Politics of Spirituality

    An interdisciplinary group of scholars convened to discuss the intersections of the spiritual and the political, looking in particular at specific sites and issues in which political contention and discourses of the spiritual are closely conjoined, such as ecology, health and medicine, sexuality, and civil religion. Conversation centered on ten papers presented over the course of the workshop, which addressed themes ranging from transnational Evangelical and Pentecostal movements and associations to the politics of sex in Western Europe and the United States, and from medicine and healing to ecological activism and the governmental production of spirituality in state parks.

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    Social Science Research Council
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    Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life
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