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We are an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers drawn from the eight campuses of Indiana University.

We support the Religion and Ethics Seminars and sponsor events relating to religion, ethics, and values.

 

NEWS & EVENTS

 

 

 

Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility

Nur Amali Ibrahim

Religious Studies, International Studies, IU Bloomington

 

Thursday Feb. 22nd 4:00-5:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, GA Building, Room 2134

Faculty seminar with Nur Amali Ibrahim, who will discuss his book manuscript in progress.

This book is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts. To cultivate piety, young Indonesians are drawing from accounting, auditing, self-help, and other methods originating from the business world, as well as reading Islamic scriptures alongside the western human sciences, from John Locke’s treatises to the writings of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Clifford Geertz.  The Indonesian case study, which occurs in a heightened and volatile political context, brings into sharper relief processes that are happening in ordinary Muslim life everywhere. In the contemporary political discourse where Muslims are often portrayed as uncompromising and adversarial to the West and where bans and walls are deemed necessary to keep them out, this story about flexible and creative Muslims is an important one to tell.

 

Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE GLOBAL SPHERE seminar

 


 

Reading Group in Comparative Political Theory and Ethics

 

Friday February 23rd 1:00-2:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Global Affairs Building, Room 1023

 

Hosted by the GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO RELIGION, ETHICS, AND POLITICAL THEORY seminar

 


 

Conserving Consumption: Sustainable Business Models that Work

Shaun Maeyens

Zen Cafe

Becky Reimbold

Proprietor, Just Goods

 

Moderator: Harry Vasilopoulos

Wednesday, February 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Learn how local business people in South Bend incorporate social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency to promote prosperity.

 

Hosted by the ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE SEMINAR

  


 

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Announcing new Religion & Ethics seminars

Set to run in 2018

Global and Comparative Approaches to Religion, Ethics, and Political Theory

This seminar will explore the overlapping intellectual goals of comparative religious ethics and global or comparatively oriented political theory, much of which is based in religious thinking about politics and justice.  These two fields are both combinations of descriptive and normative analysis, frequently drawing on religious as well as philosophical thinking about fundamental issues of human social order.

Aaron StalnakerReligious Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; Bloomingtonastalnak@indiana.edu

Hussein BanaiInternational Studies; School of Global International Studies; Bloomingtonhbanai@indiana.edu

Mounds of the Midwest

This seminar investigates how religious ideas have shaped attitudes to the natural environment by focusing on the Mounds of the Midwest.  It will examine the meanings and burial practices of the early Native American peoples, highlight the history of these indigenous groups, and explore the multiple meanings of the Mounds today as revealed in contemporary governmental policies and the American public educational system. The goal is to create critical conversation around environmental ethics and the complex intersections of state power and religion.

Charmayne Champion-ShawNative American Indigenous Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUIcchampio@iupui.edu

Kelly HayesReligious Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUIkeehayes@iupui.edu

 

Renewed Religion & Ethics seminars

Continuing through 2018

 

Economic Justice: The Ethics of Doing Business with the Poor

Islam in the Global Sphere (previously themed Islam in the American Public Sphere)

The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts