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