Religion and Development seminar seriesSeptember 2008 - April 2009
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For many years, religion was effectively ignored by development practitioners and academics. Secularist development traditions, combined with essentialist conceptions of religion as inherently conservative and reactionary, left no room for religion. But recent years have questioned both the secularisation thesis and the modernisation theory on which this thesis has been built. Combined with a number of other factors, such as the disappointing outcomes of mainstream development aid, this has prompted a re-conceptualization of development discourses and practices. Today, religion is increasingly seen as an important, though ambiguous, factor in development aid. This has created a need for practical and academic explorations of the relations between religion and development.
With this seminar series on religion and development we seek to establish a forum for such an exploration of the ambiguous relations between religion and development. Five internationally renowned scholars will give lectures on different aspects of the relations between religion and development, each lecture commented upon by two national experts in the field, leading to a discussion with the seminar’s participants.
The Religion and Development Seminar Series is organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies in cooperation with the Department for Anthropology and Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. The seminar series is financed by the Danish Social Science Research Council (Forskningsrådet for Samfund og Erhverv).