International Conference on Religion, Violence, and Peace

International Conference on Religion, Violence, and Peace
A Human Rights and Global Justice Event
Wake Forest University
April 9 – 11, 2015

poster conference April 9-11 (1)

Tentative Schedule
All events, except where indicated, will be held in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall
Click here for a copy of the Program.


3:00 PM 

3:30 PM
Welcome by Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University
and Mary Foskett, Director of the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and Kahle Professor of Religion

Opening Remarks by Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Professor of Religion, Wake Forest University

Introduction of the Speaker by Simeon Ilesanmi, Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion, Wake Forest University

Special Guest Speaker
Richard Miller, Professor of Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School
“Anger, Revulsion, and Incomprehension: Moral Reasoning and Responses to Terror”

Dinner at Hillel Lounge, Collins Hall A001

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

All events in Annenberg Forum, unless otherwise noted

8:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

9:00-10:45 AM
Theoretical Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and Peace
Moderator: Neal Walls, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Wake Forest University Divinity School
Bruce Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Duke University
Jordan Kiper (with Richard Sosis), Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Hyun Jeong Ha, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

10:45-11:00 AM

11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Religion and Violence in Local and Global Contexts
Moderator: Gail Bretan, PhD, Director of Jewish Life, Wake Forest University
Marinus C. Iwuchukwu, Associate Professor of Theology, Duquesne University
Serawit Bekele Debele, Junior Fellow, Bayreuth University, Germany
Meron Zeleke, Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Dereje Feyisa, Professor, Addis Ababa University and Africa Research Director, International Law and Policy Institute, Ethiopia

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Lunch Speakers in the Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall

2:15- 4:15 PM
Religious Violence and Moral Responsibility
Moderator: Win-Chiat Lee
, Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
John Kelsay
, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Florida State University
Betsy Mesard
, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Guilford College
Rosemary Kellison
, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of West Georgia
John Sianghio
, Doctoral Student, University of Chicago Divinity School
Geoffrey Claussen, Assistant Professor of Religion, Elon University

4:15 – 5:00 PM
Discussion and Future Publication Options

Jewish Prayer Service
Gail Bretan, PhD, Director of Jewish Life, Wake Forest University

6:15 PM
Hillel Lounge, Collins Hall, A001



8:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Women’s Experiences in Contexts of Violence
Moderator: Jordan Kiper, Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Habibat Oladosu-Uthman, Lecturer, Islamic Thought, Gender, and Civilization, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Nomatter Sande, Lecturer, African Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Elliot Masomera, Doctoral Student, University of South Africa
Elizabeth Motswapong, University of Botswana

10:45-11:00 AM
Coffee break

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Graduate Students Panel
Moderator: Jarrod Whitaker,
Associate Professor of Religion, Hindu Studies and Graduate Program Director, Wake Forest University
Catherine Culbertson
, “Constructing Christian Soldiers”
Kelsey Ostergren
, “Religion, Identity and Violence in the American Prison System”
Anne Donovan, “Othering the Disabled”
Jillian Alexander, “Jewish Identity in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts”
David Priddy, “Coptic Hagiography and Facing the Other”
Finley Trent, “Colonialism, Orientalism, and Heteropatriarchy in Hindu Nationalism”
Martha Fulton, “Kurdish Citizenship in ISIS”
Sarah van Sickle, “Слава Україні! Героям слава!: The Relationship Between Protesters and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kievan Patriarchate in the Euromaidan Protests ”

1:00 PM
Lunch for Speakers and Graduate Students
Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall



Invited speaker will be staying at the Winston Salem Hotel and Spa
3050 University Parkway, Winston Salem NC 27105
Tel. 336-723 2911 (Reservations are under the program: Human Rights and Global Justice, Wake Forest University).
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


Parking will be available on Upper Davis Field. In the event of inclement weather, parking will be available in Lot A, around the outside perimeter.