Religion in the Public Square I

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

The persistence of religion in modernity, despite the expectation that it would fade away, challenges the notion that religion is retreating to private life.  Religions presently continue to occupy the Public Square in politics, science, law, non-religious art, cyberspace, and the marketplace.  In politics, we see churches trying to impose their religious conceptions on others; in science, we see religious opposition to evolution and the religious denials of climate change; in the marketplace, we witness the intense commercialization of religious goods and services.  This session welcomes proposals that examine religions’ presence in the Public Square and the tensions and debates that this presence has produced in diverse contexts globally.
Session Organizers:
Orivaldo LOPES JR, Mr., Brazil and Vincenzo PACE, University of Padua, Italy, Italy
Orivaldo LOPES JR, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Oral Presentations
Performing Religion in Public between Italy and Sri Lanka
Carlo NARDELLA, University of Milano, Italy
The Catholic Church’s Deconstruction of the Philippine President’s War on Drugs
Patria Gwen BORCENA, Greenresearch Environmental Research Group, Inc., Philippines
Parliamentary Discourses on Same-Sex Marriage: A Brazilian Case
Emmanuel H. Souza RODRIGUES, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Distributed Papers
Performing Shahbaz Qalandar: The Marketization of Public Religion in Pakistan
Amen JAFFER, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan