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Studying Religion and Violence

Mini-Series of Short Lectures and Discussions

By and With Dr. Marian Gh. Simion, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

How can we best conceptualise and analyse systems and phenomena around religion and violence? This field is positioned at the intersection of politics, conflict studies, theology, sociology, psychology, and many more. Marian Simion (Harvard), an Orthodox expert on the subject is exploring the different viewpoints and the necessity of developing a truly integrated multi-disciplinary approach for students, researchers, and teachers alike.

A week-long series of online talks and discussions aims to make a practical contribution to this field. The mini-series is aimed at anyone interested in phenomena around religion and violence, especially those who are concerned with setting up a meaningful framework or curriculum for the study of this ever-current subject.

Talks (short lecture and discussion) will take place Mon-Fri, 25-29 April, at 5:15-6:00 pm (online and on campus).

Join us

Online: unimeet.uni-graz.at/b/arg-fq5-cy1-nlq
On Campus: SR 47.12, UZT


Monday (April 25) Faith Elements in Conflict (Respondent Dr Maximilian Lakitsch, Peace and Conflict Researcher,

Institute of the Fountains of Law (Department of Global Governance)

Tuesday (April 26) How Policy Makers Study Violence
Wednesday (April 27) How Religious Leaders Study Violence (Respondent: Dr Franz Winter, Institute for Religious Studies)
Thursday (April 28) Building a Multidisciplinary Framework/Curriculum
Friday (April 29) The case of Russia | Summary and Outlook

Marian Gh. Simion, Ph.D., is a political scientist and a religious historian with a wide array of expertise ranging from social sciences and humanities to policymaking and management. He holds a Ph.D. in international politics, policy, and law from Northeastern University in Boston (where he studied public policy and political leadership with Michael S. Dukakis, the former Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States) and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University in religion and diplomacy.

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