“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.
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Religion & Politics
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
From Tanya Schwarz:
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The American Political Science Association is co-sponsoring a teaching workshop at the 2019 Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa taking place in Nairobi, Kenya October 24-26, 2019. Participants in the “Teaching about Religion and Humanitarianism in Africa Workshop,” will discuss approaches, pedagogies, and methodologies for teaching critically about religion, humanitarianism, and development in Africa. Need-based travel grants are available.
Submission details can be found here. Deadline EXTENDED to August 2.
Tanya B. Schwarz, PhD
Director, Teaching & Learning
American Political Science Association
Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – 2019
The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be given annually to a conference paper studying any aspect of religion and politics presented by a Ph.D. student in political science. The conference can be affiliated with any of the US-based political science associations or a conference affiliated with another association, such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, or the International Studies Association, as long as the paper was written by a student or students enrolled in a graduate program in political science. Papers written with faculty will not be considered. Papers presented at poster sessions are welcome. The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award if no submissions merit such recognition.
Nomination Instructions: Please send nominations (self-nomination is okay) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair.
Deadline for Nominations: May 24, 2019
Daniel Bennett (Chair)
Department of Political Science
John Brown University
Department of Political Science
John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor
Department of Politics
The APSA Religion and Politics Section invites nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award. The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of religion and politics. Eligible dissertations have been defended in the last two years, and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee – self-nominations are welcome!
Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee chair, Rebecca Glazier at email@example.com.
Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2019