Thank God We’re Not Like Them!

Participants at the workshop.

You are invited to attend a one-day conference on the topic of the global dimensions of religious othering. This conference is a project of the Orfalea Center Global Religion Hub.

LOCATION: UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312
[See the bottom of this post for more time and location information.]


10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction

10:15 a.m. – First Panel

Topic: The Big Picture

Moderator: Ann Taves, Religious Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “The Big Lie: Its Model, Making, and Motive”

– James Aho, Dept of Sociology, Idaho State University

Presentation: “Imagining the Other”

– Giles Gunn, Dept of Global Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “Why Shari’a Matters in This Age of Islamophobia”

– Kathleen Moore, Dept of Religious Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “Who Invented Othering? The Alternatives of swaraj, jiefang, and Ubuntu”

– Manoranjan Mohanty, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India

Response and discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Second Panel

Topic: Case studies

Moderator: Terence Keel, Black Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “To Russia with Love: Religion, Global Capitalism, and Gay Solidarity”

– Melissa Wilcox, Dept of Religious Studies, UC Riverside

Presentation: “Othering in ISIS”

– Mark Juergensmeyer, Global Studies and Sociology, UCSB

Presentation: “How Europeans Stripped Coffee of Its Muslim and Arab Associations”

– Jamel Velji, Dept of Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Response and discussion

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Third Panel

Topic: Case studies

Moderator: Amit Ahuja, Political Science, UCSB

Presentation: “Religion and First Encounters”

– Rudy Busto, Dept of Religious Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “’My Saints Protected Me’: De-Othering Transgender Women’s Sacred Worlds”

– Elizabeth Perez, Dept of Religious Studies, UCSB

Presentation: “India in the American Evangelical Imaginary: Protestant Mission and Popular Geography, 1812-1915”

– Mary Hancock, Dept of Anthropology and History, UCSB

Response and discussion

5:00 p.m. Closing Comments

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