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Wednesday, March 6 • 14:30 - 16:30
#6/205.1 - Religion and Nationalism: Across Traditions and Political Cultures

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Nationalism is not simply an ideology: it is also a set of practices by which territory, political power and the cultural identity of the people that inhabit this territory are constituted in a unique and singular fact. The religious dimension of nationalism has been infrequently analyzed by historians and even less so by social scientists who have operated under the influence of theories of modernization and hence perceived nationalism and religion as incompatible. In the last three decades however, with the growth of religious claims in diverse national and international contexts, new scholarship has emerged on the connections between religion and nationalism. The two panels will present this new scholarship. In the first panel, the historical evolution of religion and nationalism in Europe and the USA will be discussed. The second one will address the diffusion of the nation-state outside the West as well as atypical experiences like ISIS or the ASEAN region.

  • Jocelyne Cesari (EuARe / University of Birmingham / Georgetown University)

  • Bryan Turner (Australian Catholic University) - Anglican Nationalism: church, state and imperialism
  • Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol (University of Cambridge) - Visions of a “Christian nation”: religious nationalism in the emerging nation states of Germany and the Netherlands
  • Petr Kratochvíl (Institute of International Relations, Prague) - Religion without Belief: Invoking religion in the politics of Europe´s secularized societies
  • Jocelyne Cesari (University of Birmingham) - Unexpected convergence. Beyond the state: The religious dimension of the national habitus in Pakistan
  • Joshua Roos (Australian Catholic University) - Religion, Nationalism and the “ASEAN Way”
  • Gregorio Bettiza (University of Exeter) - Nationalism and Sacred Capital
  • Natanel Fisher (Academic Center for Law and Science Sha’arei Mishpat, Israel) - Religion and nationality: conflict, complement and neutrality

Language: English


Gregorio Bettiza

University of Exeter

Jocelyne Cesari

EuARe / University of Birmingham / Georgetown University

Natanel Fisher

Academic Center for Law and Science Sha’arei Mishpat, Israel

Petr Kratochvíl

Institute of International Relations Prague

Joshua Roos

Australian Catholic University

Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol

University of Cambridge

Bryan Turner

Australian Catholic University

  • Language English
  • Language English