Can International Relations Survive the Resurgence of Religion?

The discipline of International Relations has over the last ten years seen a reorientation to the question of religion. There is now a special section on 'Religion and International Relations' at the International Studies Association’s annual meetings and a growing bibliography which makes a case for the importance of religion in the discipline of international relations. Engaging the work of Jeffrey Haynes, Ron Hasner and Scott Thomas, the speaker argues that attention to religion calls into question key assumptions of international relations as a discipline. The two key intellectual challenges are those of generalisation from particulars and the scale at which discussion operates.

Nicholas Adams is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses on the relation between philosophy, politics and the study of religion. He is the author of two monographs on German philosophy, Habermas and Theology and Eclipse of Grace: Divine and Human Action in Hegel and two edited books on the relation between philosophy and theology, Oxford Handbook of Modern European Theology and Impact of Idealism on Religion.

Siddharth Mallavarapu is Professor at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shiv Nadar University.

Thursday, 4 October 2018
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi