Studium Generale Lecture Religion & Conflict by Joram Tarusarira
|When:||Tu 29-03-2016 20:00 - 21:30|
|Where:||Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen|
Assistant Professor Joram Tarusarira of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of GRoningen will give the second lectures in the Studium Generale series on Religion and Conflict. His lecture will focus on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding: Through the lens of competitive victimhood.
Tarusarira will argue that the conflictual relationship between religion and the secular is often sparked by humiliation, deprivation and embarrassment: a sense of victimhood.
The argument that religion is inherently violent has since been disproved, or at least is now hard to sustain. Violence is not essentially constitutive of the religious or the secular. It is people who act in the name of religion or the secular, hence religiously-articulated violence is driven by people’s interests and/or fears. So is the case with secular-orchestrated violence.
The conflictual relationship between religion and the secular, which has occasionally degenerated into violence, is often sparked by denigration, humiliation, annihilation, deprivation and embarrassment: a sense of victimhood. When secularists have violently responded to alleged religiously-inspired attacks, they claim that it is because they are victims of the religionists. Likewise, when religionists violently attack representations of the secular, they also claim that it is because they are victims of the secularists. The resultant effect is competitive victimhood. Why do parties to a conflict compete for victimhood? What are the implications of victimhood identity for conflict and violence on one hand and peace and reconciliation on the other?
Tarusarira is Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding, in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at University of Groningen. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain. He attained his PhD from the University of Leipzig (Germany). His research interests, in which he has published journal articles and book chapters, include the role of religion in conflict and its transformation, religious non-conformism and cultural dynamics, religion and civil society, social movements and post-conflict reconciliation. He is the author of the forthcoming book: Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe, to be published by Routledge.
€3,- / free for students and SG-members.
You can order tickes via the website of Studium Generale.
Series Religion & Conflict
The series is organized by Studium Generale and the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Other lecturers:
- 22 March 2016 - 8 pm: William Cavanaugh -Does Religion Cause Violence?
- 5 april 2016 - 8 pm: RUG University Colloquium by Paul Rasor - Hate Speech, Pluralism and the many Faces of Tolerance