Conference on religion and politics in the West
The different ways in which religion, politics, and society manifest themselves in Europe and the United States will be examined in a conference entitled "For God’s Sake: Religion and Politics in the West“. The international symposium will take place on July 2 and 3 at Elmau Castle near Munich. Led by Michael Brenner, Institute of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, and John Efron, Institute of European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), renowned academics from all over the world will compare the ways in which immigration has changed the social balance on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, they will address the impact of religious radicals and fundamentalists on politics and society, drawing on the examples of Holland, Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States. Other areas explored will include the different interpretations given by Christians, Muslims, and Jews to secularization in the face of modernity and the consequences of religion's entry into the public sphere in the United States.
This year’s conference is the third of its kind in a series launched in the summer of 2007 with a symposium entitled “Islam through Jewish Eyes: Judaism through Muslim Eyes“, followed by a conference on the significance of Jewish and Muslim heritage in European culture in 2008. LMU supports the symposium as part of the “LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program”, an integral part of the research partnership that LMU Munich sealed with UCB within the framework of its institutional strategy LMUexcellent in 2007. The conference is also sponsored by the Institute of European Studies at UCB, the Friends of the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at LMU Munich, the foundation alliance “anstiftung & ertomis”, and Elmau Castle.
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