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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Spring 2011 Conference

clough center for the study of constitutional democracy


Conference on Human Rights and Religion in Historical Perspective

Saturday, April 9 - Sunday, April 10, 2011
21 Campanella Way, Room 429
Boston College

Organized by Devin Pendas, BC History Department

Schedule (click to download):


Saturday, April 9, 2011

8:00-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Opening Comment
  Devin Pendas (Boston College), Religion in the Historiography of Human Rights: Universal Categories and the Return of te Repressed
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Human Rights and Religion in the Long Nineteenth Century

Valerie Cooper (University of Virginia), The People of God and the Spirit of Independence: Maria Stewart’s Theology of Human Rights

Pablo Mijangos y González (CIDE-Mexico), Religious Tolerance in an “Exclusively Catholic” Country: Mexico, 1833-1860

Daniel Malachuk (Western Illinois University), John Stuart Mill and Religions of Humanity in the History of Human Rights

Ellen Blue (Phillips Theological Seminary), Methodist Women in the Search for the Kingdom of God

Chair and Comment: Mac James (University of S. Carolina-Buefort)

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15-1:00 p.m.
Christian Democracy and the Origins of Postwar Human Rights

Marco Duranti (University of Konstanz), Globalizing the Guerre Scolaire; Christian Democracy, the Religious Schools Controversy in France and the Construction of European Human Rights Law after the Second World War

Miriam Rossi (University of Perugia), The Italian Christian Democratic Party and the early Development of Italy’s Human Rights Policy

Giuliana Chamedes (Columbia University), "Hyper-Nationalism and Rights Talk in the Catholic Search for Pan-European Legitimacy, 1942-1948." 

Charles Gallagher (Boston College), Maritain in America: the Turbulent History of the Committee of Catholics for Human Rights

Chair and Comment: Ken Kersch (Boston College)

1:00-2:30 p.m.
2:30-4:00 p.m. Human Rights, Religion, and United States Foreign Policy

Andrew Preston (Cambridge University), The Human Rights Crusade of Father Robert F. Drinan

William Steding (University College, Cork, Ireland), Jimmy Carter’s Evangelical Mission: Human Rights

David Zietsma (Redeemer University College), No Freedom from Fear: Enemy Civilians as a Human Rights Blind Spot in the Religious Narrative of American National Identity, 1941-1945

Chair and Comment: Seth Jacobs (Boston College).

4:00-4:15 p.m.
4:15-6:15 p.m.
Freedom of Religion as a Human Right

Emily Baran (UNC-Chapel Hill), Faith, Historical Memory, and Human Rights on Trial: Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Russian Courts

Bent Boel (Aalborg University, Denmark), Bible Smuggling and Human Rights in the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War

Alicia Juskewycz (Princeton University), “Religious Freedom” in Press and Politics, 1990-2010

Chan Woong Shin (Syracuse University), Saving Souls vs. Promoting a Fundamental Human Right? The Rise of Religious Freedom Advocacy within American Evangelicalism

Chair and Comment: David Hollenbach (Boston College)

6:30 p.m. Dinner


Sunday, April 10, 2011

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:45 a.m.
Women, Islam, and Human Rights

Claudia Koonz (Duke University), The “Veil” and the Politics of Gender in European Islam

Carlo De Angelo (University of Naples, “L’Orientale”), Reconciling the Status of Muslim Women and Human Rights: The ijtihad of the European Council for Fatwas and Researches

Perin Gurel (Yale University), Islam as Solution? Contemporary Muslim Women’s Rights Movements

Chair and Comment: Ali Banuazizi (Boston College)

10:45-12:00 p.m.
Closing Roundtable: The History of Human Rights and the History of Religion