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11: The impact of religions on societies

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Ever increasing religious diversity has become one of the most significant changes in the contemporary world. This bewildering variety of beliefs, practices, and organizations challenge our assumptions about how religion is or should be lived, believed, and practiced. Moreover, it has range of consequences – both intended and unintended – for the individual, society, and globally in terms of daily interactions, social cohesion, and a potential for local and international conflicts. However, some argue that these changes can also contribute to individual spiritual enrichment and social development. This seminar provides an opportunity to get an insight into how social scientists approach the challenging issues through empirical research and theoretical analysis. It also invites participants to contribute their own observations, thoughts and questions about the role and place of religion in the contemporary world.

1. Introduction: Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World
2. Religion, Secularisation, and De-secularisation. Is religion losing its social significance?
3. Religion and Globalisation. Global socio-economic and cultural forces and local religious expressions.
4. Religion, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World.
5. Religious Diversity, Pluralism, and Human Rights in contemporary Western societies.
6. Religion, Values and Civil Society. How can religion contribute to development and social harmony?

Vortragende

Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University; Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Jolm Jay College, New York Chair
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Sociology of Religion, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London Chair

Psy.D. Ph.D. Th.D. James W. JONES

Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University; Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Jolm Jay College, New York

1968-1969 Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence
1970-1971 Instructor, Department of Religion, Macalester College, St. Paul
1971-1975 Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
1975-1990 Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
since 1985 Associate member, Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
since 1990 Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
since 1999 Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York
since 1999 Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University, Madison
2000-2001 Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, Drew University, Madison
since 2001 Visiting Professor, University of Uppsala
since 2008 Appointed Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College

Ph.D. Marat SHTERIN

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Sociology of Religion, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

1990-1994 Executive Director, Interncentre, Moscow School of Social Science
1994-1996 Head, Department of Religion, State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow
1996-2000 Doctoral Dissertation, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science
2001-2005 Research Fellow, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science
since 2005 Lecturer/Associate Professor, Sociology of Religion, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

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