Friday, May 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maison Française, East Gallery, Columbia University

Religion and Social Justice Movements in Transatlantic Perspective is a full-day event focused on religious responses to exclusionary populisms, including racial and religious exclusions, anti-immigrant movements, and responses to the global refugee crisis more broadly. Continue reading to learn more and please register in advance at this link.


Given the rise of often extreme exclusionary movements on both sides of the Atlantic, which have mobilized against (and racialized) immigrant groups and communities of color, the symposium brings US- and Europe-focused research more directly into dialogue with regard to scholarship on the range of religious responses to phenomena such as Islamophobia, the demonizing of migrants, and the broader attacks on growing racial and religious diversity. This full-day event is arranged around three sessions of relatively informal roundtables, addressing how religious transformations influence social action; the ways in which social mobilization has changed in the past fifty years and the effects on religious engagement with social justice; and the religious and social movement responses that may hold promise in advancing a more just and democratic future.

Participants in these roundtables include Sarah Azaransky (Union Theological Seminary), Jean Beaman (Purdue University), Ruth Braunstein (University of Connecticut), Luke Bretherton (Duke Divinity School), Matthew Engelke (IRCPL), Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University), Gale Kenny (Barnard College), Méadhbh McIvor (University of Groningen), Katharyne Mitchell (University of California, Santa Cruz), Timothy Peace (University of Glasgow), Salman Sayyid (Leeds University), Melissa Snarr (Vanderbilt Divinity School), Erin Wilson (University of Groningen), and Richard Wood (University of New Mexico).

A fuller agenda will be provided closer to the event date to those who have registered. Please register in advance at this link.

This event is organized by the Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere (RPS) in collaboration with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University (IRCPL), and cosponsored by Columbia Maison Française. Support for this event has been generously provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.