Upcoming Events

This section provides a partial listing of upcoming events on religions and the practice of peace at Harvard University and beyond.

To submit information on an upcoming event, email rpp@hds.harvard.edu and include the link to the webpage on which the event announcement appears.

Religions and the Practice of Peace Events

Our final RPP Colloquium for 2018-19 semester has concluded.

Videos of RPP Colloquium Series in 2018-19 are available online. Visit the RPP Video Archive to view videos and full descriptions of past RPP Colloquium sessions.

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Other Events of Interest 

The U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
July 16-18, 2019

Secretary Pompeo will host the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event will focus on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change. The Ministerial will convene a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Women’s Religio-Political Witness for Love and Justice 
July 19, 2019

In her presentation, Rosemary P. Carbine, associate professor of religious studies at Whittier College, offers critical and constructive theological reflection on the theological claims and political praxis of emerging U.S. social justice movements that exemplify a praxis of worldmaking, of imagining and incarnating the world otherwise than rising gender and sexual violence, xenophobic hate crimes, and white nationalist movements. More specifically, this lecture engages feminist and womanist theory and theology to elaborate on love as a theo-political ethic of justice based on the Revolutionary Love Project and its trifold notion of love as seeing no strangers, tending personal and socio-political wounds, and birthing a new future. Pointing out unexpected key parallels with Mary Magdalene, this talk explores her witness as one theological model for women’s ways of doing public/political theology today, that is, of generating alternative possible futures of love and justice.

KAICIID Fellows Programme
August 15, 2019

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) seeks dialogue experts from all over the world for the KAICIID Fellows Programme. Fellows will take part in dialogue training from KAICIID experts over the course of a year and implement funded grassroots interreligious dialogue projects in their own communities.

Africa, Globalization, and the Muslim Worlds
September 19-21, 2019

Scholarship on globalization of Islamic Africa has been focused either on merely describing (if not romanticizing) African Muslims’ experiences abroad, on one hand, or on exploring how Muslim societies in Africa are affected by global Islamic trends, on the other hand. Little attention has been paid to the ways in which Islam and what it means to be African and Muslim have been and are being negotiated at the intersection of local, regional and global encounters, narratives, perceptions and exchanges.

We welcome proposals focusing on Islamic Africa' s global and local interactions through circulations of people, ideas, goods, beliefs and practices in any time period. We especially encourage original research that investigates creatively the interplay between the religious, political or social experiences of African Muslims and the transformations of Islamic Africa in a globalized world. We hope to include papers which examine the importance of transnational Muslim networks in Africa and the role Africans play in global Islamic arenas. At the turn of the 20th century, African Muslims have established or re-established contacts with Muslims all over the world, including Turkey, Iran, Europe, the United States, Arab monarchies of the Gulf, Egypt. Papers focusing on these intra-Muslim dynamics are especially welcome.

Questions that we seek to investigate include but are not limited to: How to account for the dynamics of continuity and change in forms of Islamic piety, authority and knowledge production in Africa, in a context of increased global connections? How do African Muslims articulate their religious life in a globalized world? For African Muslims in the diaspora, how do religious links with their homelands shape their relationship to Islam?

The Alliance for Peacebuilding PeaceCon
October 2-4, 2019

Each year, the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Annual Conference gathers together a diverse network of peacebuilders and provides them with the opportunity to share their achievements, insights, and, most importantly, visions for the future of peacebuilding. Over the course of three dynamic days, conference participants have the opportunity to constructively engage in an array of activities and workshops structured around cutting-edge developments in the field of peacebuilding, from neuroscience and psychosocial healing to storytelling and the media.

Conflict & Identity: confronting the past through education
October 17-18, 2019

This two-day conference will explore the evolving relationship between conflict and identity, with a specific interest in the role of history education in pre-conflict, at-conflict, and post-conflict societies. It will focus on how teachers and lecturers present history; how such choices shape identity; and how history education can be used for the purposes of promoting or undermining peaceful societies.

The Paris Peace Forum
November 11-13, 2019

As cross-border challenges multiply, international cooperation is inhibited by tensions between countries as well as national and populist movements. To foster collective action and to defend and adapt multilateralism, the Paris Peace Forum gathers all relevant societal actors under one roof.

The Build Peace Conference
November 14-16, 2019

Build Peace brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. How to build peace? Join us to chart the future.

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