José Casanova is one of the world’s top scholars in the sociology of religion. Awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of life-long achievement in theology, he is professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, USA and heads the Berkley Center’s Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. Among others, he is author of Public Religions in the Modern World (1994) –translated into five languages, including Arabic and Indonesian, and by now a classic in the field.
Irfan Ahmad is Associate Professor of Political Anthropology, IRPS, ACU Melbourne. He is author of Islamism and Democracy in India (2009), short-listed for the 2011 ICAS Book Prize for the best study in Social Sciences. With Bryan S. Turner, he is co-editor of Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Routledge). He contributes, inter alia, to Aljazeera, OpenDemocracy, The Hindu, BBC, Channel News Asia, SBS, Voice of Russia, and People’s TV.
Mark Chou is Associate Professor in politics at ACU, Melbourne. Trained as a political scientist and lawyer, he is author of Theorising Democide: Why and How Democracies Fail (2013) and Democracy against Itself: Sustaining an Unsustainable Idea (2014). With Jean-Paul Gagnon, he edits the journal Democratic Theory (Bergahn).
When: June 17th, 2015 (Wednesday) from 5.30-7.00 pm, followed by a reception.
Where: The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society (IRPS), Level 6, 215 Spring Street, Melbourne (Lonsdale St exit of Parliament Station)