ISASR Conference 2016


ISASR draft conference programme 2016

Fifth Annual Conference – Religion and Revolution

University College Cork

16th – 17th June 2016


Thursday 16th June

9.00-10.30: Registration and Coffee: Mary Ryan Room, G0.27B, O’Rahilly Building

10.30-12.00: Session 1

Theorizing Revolution: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Jenny Butler

Miriam M. Müller, Daesh’s Weltanschauung – Political or Religious Revolution?

Paul O’Connor, Religion and the Revolutionary Subject

Laurence Cox, Changing the World or Changing Yourself?: Historicising the Cliché

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.30 Session 2

Ireland and Britain in the Revolutionary Decade: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Patrick Claffey

Amy Heath-Carpentier, Revolution and Revelation: Esotericism, Mysticism, and Conversion in the Lives of Maud Gonne and Ella Young

Malcolm P.A. Macourt, The remnant and Revolution?

Tony Walsh, Conservation and Change; the Challenge of Identity Maintenance for Religious Minorities

Brendan McNamara, Religion and Change: “Forgetting” Pre-First World War Religious Discourse

14.30-15.00: Coffee

15.00-17.00 Session 3

Panel 3A: Political Islam: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Yafa Shanneik

Akintunde E. Akinade, Engaging Boko Haram: Radicalization, Rebellion, and Revolution

Muhammad Al-Atawneh, Protest in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Practice: The Case of the “Arab Spring”

Abed Kanaaneh, Muqawamah and Jihad: Two Competing Political Theologies

Helena Walsh-Kiely, Identity in the Saudi Arabian Student Studying Abroad: Examining the Notion of its Change, Nature, and Likelihood to Influence Reform in Present Day Saudi Arabia

Panel 3B: The Politics of Revolution: O’Rahilly Building G0.27B

Chair: Laurence Davis

Pablo Bradbury, Liberationist Christianity in Argentina and the Responses to State Terror (1974-1983)

Sorin Gog, National Religious Identities, Democratization and the Issue of Religious Governance in the European Union

Patrick Claffey, Laicite: Value or Ideology?

18.00 – 19.00 Keynote lecture

The Role of Religion in the Arab Uprisings: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Dr Andrea Teti

Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, as well as Co-Director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance and the Centre for Modern Thought. His current work focuses on the politics of democracy in Euro-Mediterranean relations, and he is Scientific Lead on the FP7-funded Arab Transitions Consortium. He has also written on Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and the work of Michel Foucault.

19.30-21.00: Conference Dinner: La Dolce Vita Restaurant, Crosses Green, Proby’s Quay, Cork (across from St Fin Barre’s Cathedral)


Friday 17th June

9.00-10.30 Session 4

Panel 4A: Religious Transformations: States and Technologies: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Brendan MacNamara

Roland Clark, Rethinking Divine Intervention under State Socialism

James Kapaló, Hidden Galleries: Secret Police Archives and Material Religion

Brad Anderson, Sacred Texts in a Digital Age: Exploring a Changing Landscape 

Panel 4B: Gender and Identity Politics: O’Rahilly Building G0.27B

Chair: Amanullah De Sondy

Shai Feraro, Invoking Hecate at the Women’s Peace Camp: the presence of Goddess Spirituality and Dianic Witchcraft at Greenham Common during the 1980s

Marian Caulfield, The Causes and Consequences of the Death of the “Caoineadh na Marbh”: An Examination of the Loss of Women’s Lament in Ireland During the Formation of the New Irish State

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11.00-13.00 Session 5

Panel 5A: Worldviews, Divides, Cultures and Science: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Shai Feraro

Jenny Butler, Revolution in the Academy: Challenging the Scientific Paradigm in the Study of Religions

Amanullah De Sondy, Robert Burns of Scotland and Mirza Ghalib of India: Religious Enlightenment, Revolution, Cultural Divides and Hegemonic Masculinity

John (Jack) R. Lovell, Revolutionizing Neoliberal Hegemony via Combined Pathways of Cree and Celtic Indigenous Epistemology

Panel 5B: Religion and Revolution in Context: O’Rahilly Building G0.27B

Chair: Chris Heinhold

Stephen D. Glazier, Religion and Rebellion: The Baptist War in Jamaica, 1831-32

Lourdes M. Portus, Revolutionizing Religion: The Case of Ciudad Mistica

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce, The Traskites – Judaizing and Resistance in the 17th Century

Amin Sharifi Isaloo, The 1979 Revolution and Shia Religion in Iran

13.00-13.30: RE21 Book Launch

13.30-14.30: Lunch

14.30-16.00 Session 6

Panel 6A: Religion, Identity and Politics in Contemporary Ireland: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A

Chair: Brad Anderson

Hazel O’ Brien, Linkages of Faith and Family amongst Mormons in Ireland

Richard O’Leary, The Faithful Underground: Gay Christian Activism in Ireland, 1976-1993

Gerard Madden, Monitoring Suspected Revolutionaries: John Charles McQuaid and the Marine, Port and General Workers’ Union

Panel 6B: Shia Muslim Communities in the UK: Local and Transnational Dimensions: O’Rahilly Building G0.27B

Chair: Amin Sharifi Isaloo

Sufyan Abid, An Alternative Umma: The Construction and Development of Shia Globalism among South Asian Shia Muslims in London

Chris Heinhold, Constructing Sacred Space: Ritual and Knowledge Transmission in the Creation of Sacred Spaces

Yafa Shanneik, “It’s my own head”: Self-Flagellation among Shia Women

16.00-17.30: AGM: O’Rahilly Building G0.27A


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