Program: Religious Norms in the Public Sphere, Florence 2009


Thursday, December 10, 2009

6:00 to 7:30 PM


Heddy Riss, Program Director of iGov, UC Berkeley

Keynote Lecture:  Professor Olivier Roy, European University Institute, head of the Mediterranean program at RSCAS: “Religious Norms in the Public Sphere: Triumph or Defeat of Multiculturalism?”

Friday, December 11, 2009

9:30-10:30 AM

What is religious in “religious norms”? How to address or ignore the specificity of religion?

Patrick Haenni, Swiss Religoscope Foundation and Husam Tammam, Swiss Religoscope Foundation: “Minarets and Niqab's ... The State of the Debate in Islamic and Secular Public Spaces: Are There Non-religious Public Spaces?”

Christopher Kutz, UC-Berkeley Law School: "Understanding Liberalism in the Modern World"

Nadia Marzouki, Yale University: “Islam as an Object of Public Speech in France and North-America”


11:15-12:15 PM

Holistic models and real practices

Baudouin Dupret, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS): "What is Islamic Law? Looking at Legislative and Judicial Practices"

Alexandre Caeiro, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: “Understanding Minority Fiqh”

Emran Qureshi, Harvard Law School: "Enforcing Religious-Political Norms: The Use of Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws in Muslim-Majority Polities”

Rajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi:“Why Indian Muslims want Secularism”

12:15-12:45 PM


12:45-2:00 PM


2:00-3:00 PM

When different paradigms compete or translate into one another

Mohamed Jeghllaly, Hasan II University of Casablanca: “Exit, Voice, and Communal Loyalty: Religious Groups in the Open Political Configuration (Lebanon and other cases)”

Amel Boubekeur, Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut: “The Impact of Islam’s Public Controversies on Religious Norms, in Particular Relation to Gender and Security.”

Nicolas Pouillard, Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies: "When Political Islam Meets the Left: The Political Uses of Alter-Globalist Activism among Islamist Parties, and the Interactions between Radical Nationalisms and Global Social Movements. The Case of Hezbollah (2003-2009)."

Alexander Rosas, UC-Berkeley: “Diversification of the Republic: Muslims and Multiculturalism in Contemporary France.”

3:00-3:30 PM


3:30-3:45 PM


3:45-4:45 PM

Recasting of religious identities under pressure and incentives: How states put constraints and make offers to recast religious identities

Joseph Gardner, UC-Berkeley and Akasemi Newsome, UC-Berkeley: “Immigration and Nativization Policy in the Gulf Region.”

Benjamin Boudreaux, UC-Berkeley: “A Model of Social Unity and Religious Accommodation”

4:45-5:15 PM


7:30 PM


Saturday, December 12, 2009

9:30-10:30 AM

How actors redefine the issue of religious norms

Gersallah Abdelhafidh, University of Essenia: “Religious Norms of Students in Algeria and the Public Sphere” 

Stephane Lacroix, Sciences Po: "Saudi Arabia and the Debate over the Salafi Norm"

Romain Seze, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales: “Imams in France Facing Religious Deregulation"

Munir Jiwa, Graduate Theological Union: “E Pluribus Umma: Secular Fundamentalism and the Aesthetics of Islamic Norms”


10:30-11:00 AM


11:00-12:00 PM

Roundtable discussion on the future of RPS network