Religious Norms in the Public Sphere (RPS): Berkeley Workshop


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UC Berkeley, May 6-7th, 2011
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (near Café Strada)

Friday May 6 th, 2011
8:30-8:45 AM: Opening Remarks: Heddy Riss, Olivier Roy, David Lieberman.
8:45-10:15: Religious Norms and Public Spheres: The Challenge     
Chair: David Lieberman
Olivier Roy: “Muslim Democrats vs. European Populists”
Silvio Ferrari: “A European Perspective”
Peter Danchin: “Islam in the Secular Nomos of the European Court of Human Rights"

10:15-10:30:  Break

10:30-12:00: The Debate of Islamic Norms in Arab Countries
Chair: Hatem Bazian
Enrique Klaus: “Scandals in Egypt and the Manufacturing of Religious Norms in the Public Spheres”
Belkacem Benzenine: “The Challenge of Secularism in the Political and Religious Spheres in the Arab World”

Discussant: Charles Hirschkind

12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch

The Debate on Religious Norms in the Public Sphere

1:00-3:30: The Case of European Countries
Chair: Leti Volpp
Geneviève Zubrzycki: “Debating the Place of Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere in Poland, 1989 2010”
Matthew Francis: “Return? It never left. Exploring the ‘sacred’ as a Resource for Bridging the Gap Between the Religious and the Secular”
Valérie Amiraux: “Burka Bashing in the European Union: the Racialization of Muslims”
Romain Sèze: “Standardization of the Exercise of the Islamic Religious Authority in France”
Christian Joppke: “Limits of Restricting Islam: The French Burqa Law of 2010”
Discussants:    Prof. Sarah Song, Berkeley Law

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-4:45: North American Countries Cases
Chair: Ron Hassner
Pasquale Annicchino: “Mosques Controversies in the U.S.: Emotions, Politics and the Right to Religious Freedom”
David Koussens: “Catholic Rituals and Symbols in Government Institutions: Juridical Arrangements, Political Debates and Secular Issues in Quebec”
Discussant: Sr. Marianne Farina

4:45-5:45: Asian Countries Cases
Chair: Pradeep Chhibber
Sophie Lemière: “Cracks in the Mosaic: The Rise of Right-Wing Ethno-Religious Groups in Malaysia”
Marco Ventura: "You Shall Go to Hell: Legal Arguments on Forced Conversions Before the Supreme Court of India"
Discussant: Nargis Virani

5:45-6:45 PM: Keynote Lecture
Ebrahim Moosa “Norms in the Madrasa-Sphere: Between Tradition, Scripture and the Public Good”

Saturday May 7th 2011

9:00-10:30 Conclusions Panel: "How to face the Challenge of Religious Norms and the Public Sphere?"

Olivier Roy
Naomi Seidman
Ebrahim Moosa
Marianne Farina
Imam Faheem Shuaibe

10:30-10:45: Break

10:30-12:00: Partner University Fund's "Transatlantic Network of Scholars on Muslims' Religiouus Identity, Secularism, Democracy, and Citizenship" Presentations

Chair: Mahan Mirza

Elise Massicard: “When heterodoxy Challenges the Public Place of Religion: The Case of Alevism in Turkey

Munir Jiwa: “E Pluribus Umma: Secularism and the Mediation of Islamic Norms

Soraya Tlatli: “The Separation of Cult and State in Colonial Algeria.


12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch

13:00-4:00 PM: PUF Presentations Cont.
Jo Gardner: "Religious Nationalism and the Westphalian State”
Alexander Rosas: “Diversification of the Republic: Cultural Diversity in Contemporary France”
Sheherazade Kahil: “Institutionalization in France of the pilgrimage to Mecca”
Mary Hoopes: “Asylum Claims Before the Federal Courts of Appeals: Considering the Role of Religion”
Akasemi Newsome: “Immigrants Before German Administrative Courts: Do Islam and Gender Matter for the Application of Foreign Legal Regimes in Germany?”
Zehra Sahin: “The Diyanet -Program of International Theology: Adjustment to Western Norms or Aggiornamento from Inside?”