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Tuesday, March 5 • 08:30 - 10:30
#5/195 - Surveillance and Religion

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Religious communities are targets, as well as consumers, of surveillance. Religious practice as a site of surveillance and religious identity as a justification for a surveillance gaze is an emerging field of interest. State interest in monitoring faith groups has a lengthy history with particular strategies and consequences deployed in different periods and contexts. Watching-over co-religionists may be a significant duty of care expected of designated officeholders or looking out for the needs of fellow believers may be located in small, voluntary groups. Systems of support and formation, including disciplinary dimensions, are often integral to religious practice and the consequences of such surveillance warrant social scientific, philosophical and theological consideration. This panel aims to address some of these many dimensions, across a range of geographical contexts and faith traditions.

• Eric Stoddart (School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews)

• Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson (University College Stockholm) - The Principle of the All-Seeing God. Divine and Political Power 
• James Morris (University of Tsukuba) - The Surveillance of Aum Shinrikyō: A Rural Case Study
• Carolyn Alsen (University of Divinity) - Hermeneutics of Surveillance and Biblical Politics 
• William Glass (American Studies Center, Warsaw) - Ewangelista: Billy Graham and the Polish Secret Police 
• Eric Stoddart (School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews) - Surveillance: Intersecting with Law, Religion, and Human Right 


James Morris

University of Tsukuba
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Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

Stockholm School of Theology

Carolyn Alsen

University of Divinity

William Glass

American Studies Center, Warsaw

Eric Stoddart

School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews

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