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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Jointly organised by CISA and VHI

The Cambridge International Studies Association (CISA) and the Von Hügel Institute are the co-organisers of this special panel discussion on security and religion. The speakers are four leading UK experts on religion in international relations:

  • Prof. Scott Thomas (University of Bath) "Culture, Religion and Violence and the contours of the 21st Century"
  • Prof. Jeff Haynes (London Metropolitan University) "Religious transnational actors and their influence on national security"
  • Dr Stacey Gutkowski (King's College London) "Interfaith dialogue, 'religious moderation' and political trust"
  • Dr Steven Kettell (University of Warwick) "New Atheism, Religion and Violence"

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About the speakers:

Prof Scott Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries at the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies of the University of Bath. His research is centred on how the global resurgence of culture and religion have transformed international relations. He writes for a variety of journals, and speaks widely on the role of religion in international relations today to both academic organizations, such as the International Studies Association, and to a variety of NGOs, governments, religious groups, and other organizations.

Prof Jeff Haynes is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University. He is recognised as an international authority in five separate areas: religion and international relations; religion and politics; democracy and democratisation; development studies; and comparative politics and globalisation.He is the author of many books, journal articles and book chapters, including a 17,000-word discussion paper for the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, ‘Religion, Fundamentalism and Identity: A Global Perspective’ (1995) and a 15,000-word study for the Commonwealth Secretariat, ‘Political Transformation in the Commonwealth’ (2009).

Dr Stacey Gutkowski Dr Stacey Gutkowski is a Lecturer in conflict/post-conflict studies in the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London. She is co-director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network and deputy co-director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, King's College London. Her research is at the crossroads of international political sociology and critical security studies. Her primary interest is in how so-called secular or nonreligioius ways of living and knowing condition people's experiences of war and security, and the ramifications for global politics

Dr Steven Kettell is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 2003 on the subject of exchange rate policy-making, with particular reference to Britain's membership of the gold standard during the interwar period. He worked as a lecturer in British Politics at the University of Birmingham and is also a founder and Co-Executive Editor of British Politics. His
research is centred on the politics of secularism, non-religion and the role of religion in the public sphere.

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Room S1, 1st floor Alison Richard Building, West Road, Cambridge



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