From Matt, Section Chair:
I look forward to seeing many of you at APSA over the next few days.
Please note on THURSDAY the Religion and Politics
business meeting (6:30–7:30pm)
and reception (7:30–9:00pm)
are both being hosted OFFSITE by the Public Religion Research Institute.
The address is:
1023 15TH ST NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
This is two miles from the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel.
This is a 12 minute drive or two stops on the metro (exit Farragut North) + a three block walk.
CONGRATULATIONS to new Executive Council members:
Güneş Murat Tezcür
THANKS in advance to next year’s program chairs:
The Religion and Politics organized section of the APSA is pleased to announce the following awards. Winners will be recognized at the section business meeting at this year’s annual conference. Congratulations to all the winners!
Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Consuelo Amat, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University
“The Hydra Effect: When Repression Creates New Opposition against Authoritarianism”
Weber Best Conference Paper Award
Jonathan Chu, Perry World House the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Carrie Lee, United States Air War College
“Race, Religion, and American Support for Humanitarian Intervention”
Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award
Jason Klocek, University of California Berkeley
“The Cult of Coercion: Religion and Strategic Culture in British Counterinsurgency.”
Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award
Elizabeth Sperber, University of Denver
Erin Hern, Syracuse University
Hubert Morken Best Book Award
Marie-Eve Reny, University of Montreal
Authoritarian Containment: Public Security Bureaus and Protestant House Churches in Urban China, Oxford University Press, 2018
“Introduction: Political Secularism and Religious Difference in Western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa”
Jeffrey Haynes and Erin Wilson
The introductory paper of this symposium compares the impact of “political secular” governing regimes in the countries of both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Western Europe. The overall objective is to assess the impact of political secularism in both regions, as a key component of inter-religious and cultural discord and contention with significant political ramifications. The concept of “political secularism,” a contentious term, often lacking in analytical clarity, is briefly assessed. That is, what does “political secularism” mean and what does it look like both within and across Europe and the MENA? Opinions differ from scholar to scholar. As there is no consensus regarding the meaning of the term “political secular,” a core contribution of this introduction is to examine what the term means analytically in the contexts of the MENA and Western Europe.
From the Section Chair:
The Religion and Politics Section of the APSA is pleased to announce a Call for Nominations for candidates to stand in an upcoming online election to serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the Religion and Politics Section. There are three vacancies on the Committee to be filled in this election.
Section members who wish to self-nominate as candidates should forward a short biography, including their institutional affiliation, to the Section Chair, Matthew Scherer, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 7, 2019.
Nominees who do not self-nominate will be asked by the Chair to consent to having their name on the ballot. An online election will be held shortly after nominations close.
According to APSA online elections are administered as follows:
1. APSA will send an email to all current section members with a message from the Chair that includes the names of the candidates, candidate bios, the number of positions open, the voting dates, and a link to the ballot.
2. The ballot typically gives the candidates’ names, and the option of choosing yes, no, or abstain.
3. When the voting period has concluded APSA will send a detailed report of the results to the Section Chair, who will convey the results via email to the section. I look forward to receiving your nominations.
Religion & Politics
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University