PANEL 84 - RELIGION AND POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIA: NEW APPROACHES AND NEW PERSPECTIVES
Kikue Hamayotsu (Northern Illinois University), Eunsook Jung (Fairfield University), and Erik Kuhonta (McGill University)
In recent years, expanding scholarship in the sub-field of religion and politics has made considerable contributions to accumulation of new empirical and theoretical knowledge. What can Southeast Asian cases offer to the literature and scholarship of religion and politics in general? Can trajectories of political Islam in Indonesia help us to predict the future of new democracies in the Middle East? How should we situate the 2007 monk-led Saffron Revolution in Myanmar within the literature on democratization? Can comparisons of Islamic politics in Southeast Asia address wider themes of religious pluralism in the developing world? This panel invites discussion that will further the analytical and comparative potential of religion and politics in Southeast Asia and embed such studies into the larger theoretical literature. We are particularly interested in theoretical debates and questions in the following areas: (1) the role of religious organizations and ideologies in political mobilization and transformations; (2) state-religion relations; (3) religion, civil society, and pluralism; and (4) religious conflict and violence. Each paper should adopt an insightful methodological and/or theoretical approach to advance an original analytical perspective in order to gain a better understanding of increasingly complex and intriguing empirical realities many Southeast Asian nations are facing today.
Please direct all applications and inquires to the panel convenor no later than November 30, 2012.
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