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12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of „Strong Religion“

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“Pray during the night and be persistent in asking God to give you victory, control and conquest“, Mohamed Atta, one of the terrorists of September 11, 2001, wrote down before the attack on the World Trade Center Towers. Since 9/11 fundamentalism has been perceived by many mainly in its Islamic expression. This overlooks the fact that „de-secularization“ (Peter L. Berger) and the rise of „strong religion“ are almost universal phenomena that significantly predate the 9/11 attacks. Funda-mentalist movements can be found in all of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Moreover, the term „fundamen-talism“ is also used to describe absolutist tendencies in non-religious contexts.

This seminar is intended to acquaint students with theoretical and conceptual think-ing about fundamentalism and „strong religion“, to widen historical, psychological and sociological perspectives on these issues, and to illuminate a broad array of ques-tions and dynamics relating to the complex interplay of religion, culture and society. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: What are the social and cultural characteristics of „fundamentalism“ and „strong religion“? What are the differences between religious „traditionalism“/“conservatism“ and religious „fundamentalism“? Why have forms of religious fundamentalism grown globally? What are viable responses to these developments?

Professor of Religious Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor for Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, School of Catholic Theology, University of Graz

Ph.D. William D. DINGES

Professor of Religious Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

BA in History, Fort Hays State University MA in History, Emporia State University Teaching Assistant, Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Department, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Kansas School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Ordinary Professor (2006) Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland, University College Fellow, Life Cycle Institute, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
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Mag. Dr. Kurt REMELE

Associate Professor for Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, School of Catholic Theology, University of Graz

Assistant Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany Fellow at the Catholic College "Kommende" in Dortmund, Germany Assistant Professor, University of Graz
1984-1990
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 Visiting Scholar at Campion Hall, University of Oxford (1996), Fulbright Scholar at The Catholic University of America (2003), Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota (2007)

Seminarwoche

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14.08.2008

15:00 - 15:30Eröffnung des Europäischen Forums Alpbach 2008Plenary
15:30 - 17:00EröffnungsreferatePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Vorstellung der SeminarinhaltePlenary
18:30 - 21:00EröffnungsempfangSocial

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about itSeminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worldsSeminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische EntscheidungenSeminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizensSeminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgementsSeminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issueSeminar

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actionsSeminar
Seminar 09: PredictabilitySeminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-makingSeminar
Seminar 11: Transatlantic relationsSeminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of „Strong Religion“Seminar
Seminar 13: Wahrnehmung von Verantwortung im „globalen Verfassungsnetzwerk“ – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen (inter)nationaler HöchstgerichteSeminar
Seminar 14: Art and PerceptionSeminar

15.08.2008

18:30 - 19:30Special Lecture: Europa – Strategische Entscheidungen für den KontinentPlenary

16.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00Plenarveranstaltung: Klimawandel und VorhersagbarkeitPlenary

18.08.2008

17:00 - 18:30Plenarveranstaltung: 40 Jahre Prager FrühlingPlenary

19.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00Plenarveranstaltung: Was blieb von 1968?Plenary