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Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in the Era of Globalization
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Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
CALL FOR PAPERS - Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in the Era of Globalization
We invite proposals for papers that explore the competing social, political and theological understandings of religious proselytization in everyday life through focused studies exploring the practice in a number of ethnographically and historically diverse contexts across Asia. We are particularly interested in papers that consider the following questions:
• How have religious groups balanced the need to get along with others in increasingly crowded public spaces, while still seeking to propagate their own religious traditions?
• How do these new types of missionary activity intersect with competing sources of authority and allegiance, including nations?
• How do simultaneous evocations of both universal human rights and sectarian religious truths function in these developments?
• Where does “communication” end and “coercion” begin for the many groups that embrace “modern” understandings about the freedom of religious self-determination at the same time that they continue to vigorously proselytize on behalf of their own religions?
This conference is designed to facilitate the production of an edited volume that considers new forms of proselytizing engaged in by religious groups and institutions in the era of globalization and explores the implications of these new forms of proselytizing on debates about balancing religious freedom and religious harmony in increasingly crowded public spaces.
Date: 16 Sep 2010 - 17 Sep 2010
Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a Paper Proposal which includes a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a short paragraph of personal self-description by 15 February 2010.
Click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form.
Please submit and address all applications to Dr Juliana Finucane (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Asia Research Institute.
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 March 2010.
Full Papers are due on 31 July 2010.
Dr Juliana FINUCANE (email@example.com)
Assoc Prof Michael FEENER (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Miss Alyson ROZELLS