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Conference on Religion and Violence

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Religion and violence have been in an unholy marriage since many centuries but in the recent past it seems to have erupted to new heights. This colloquium will examine the relationship between religion and violence from ancient times to recent years. Our topic is deliberately broad; participants from a wide range of disciplines and religious traditions are invited to consider what makes religious violence distinct from other forms of violence. We are interested specifically in what connects religious violence to religion, its traditions, texts and peoples, and how this connection manifests differently across cultures and throughout history.
In recent years, religion and violence have become semantically linked such that violence is often seen as inherent to religious practices and beliefs. Due to this perception - that religion begets violence - religiously motivated acts of violence are often treated as more egregious than non-religious acts of violence. This perception has resulted in the creation of specialized government programs, research task forces, and legislation to address the supposed problem of religious violence. While scripture remains the starting point for many investigations into the relationship between religion and violence, there are few opportunities for historians and literary scholars of religion to connect and share knowledge with those working on such programs.
This colloquium is a joint venture between the Centre for Research on Religion of McGill University and the Department of Theological Studies of Concordia University and will bring together emerging and established researchers, policy advisors, politicians, and religious community members . This event aims to deepen research ties between McGill University, Concordia University, the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies, the Centre d'expertise et de formation sur les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation, and forge new connections with researchers associated with international research networks in the U.K., France, and the United States. By bringing together researchers working in diverse fields such as religious studies, theology, sociology, political science, english literature, anthropology, Jewish Studies, and Islamic Studies, this colloquium will serve as a nexus for targeted and substantive discussions on the nature of religious violence. The combined expertise of this group promises to lead the way towards public policy reforms that will redress the harmful effects of religious violence in the contemporary world.
The "Religion and Violence: Sources, History and the Contemporary World" colloquium will be held at McGill and Concordia Universities from 17-20 April 2017. The colloquium will consist 17 scholars and X graduate students who will exchange original research in a variety of formats (papers, fishbowl sessions, workshops, discussions). All the research exchanged through this event will be open-access and made available to as wide an audience as possible. The colloquium will be accessible to all audiences on the specified dates and will equally be made available online through McGill University's social media channels (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). In addition, the research presentations, discussions and workshops will be published in a special first edition, peer-reviewed edited volume.

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