Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die. So now what?

March 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM  EST 


About the Lecture

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promotes a new nationalism that defines India as a Hindu state. In Myranmar (Burma), Buddhist monks lead a populist nationalist movement that targets Muslim Rohingya as a “foreign” threat. In the United States, evangelical Christians overwhelmingly support Donald Trump’s brand of “populist” nationalism. Despite predictions that globalization would consign both religion and nationalism to the dust heap of history, there has been a resurgence of religiously inspired nationalist movements worldwide. Following up on Mark Juergensmeyer’s lecture and research, David Seljak will examine the phenomenon of religious neo-nationalism against the background of the ethics of nationalism defined by Canadian Roman Catholic theologian Gregory Baum and in Pope Francis’s 2020 encyclical Fratelli tutti.


About the Speaker

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David Seljak is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Jerome's University and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo. Along with Paul Bramadat, he co-edited Religion and Ethnicity in Canada (2005) and Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada (2008). He has published extensively on religion and nationalism in Canada. He has worked on issues of religion and multiculturalism with the Canadian government’s Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.


This lecture was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was cancelled because of the pandemic.


Friday, March 25, 2022 - 7:30pm

The March 25th lecture was originally scheduled to be delivered in both an in person and live stream format. Due to unexpected circumstances, the lecture will be held in an online Teams format only. Ticketholders who registered to attend this event in person will be notified of this change to online delivery. 


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