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Religion and Global Citizenship International Workshop - London

We live in a time when forces of globalization are in tension with various nationalistic movements and sentiments around the world. The tension is reflected in domestic contexts and debates on a host of issues—trade, immigration, terrorism, and war. Recent political rhetoric and elections, in North America and Europe especially, epitomize the conflict between global and nationalist outlooks. In such a moment, it is urgent to raise questions about moral responsibilities beyond national borders as well as within them. Religion—as a force that can challenge or reinforce the nation-state and that can underscore or undercut moral duties—remains an often under-studied phenomenon within the landscape of “global citizenship” and related issues. This workshop will explore how globalization is changing the nature, scope and moral responsibilities of citizenship, with attention to the role religion plays facilitating or impeding moral aspirations and civic actions on a global scale.


  • What is the nature and extent of citizens’ moral responsibility with respect to others beyond national borders? What religious and cultural resources exist for an expanded or diminished sense of responsibility to “the other”? How do national citizenship and religion interface to shape identity and responsibility—locally, nationally, globally? To what extent does the idea of “global citizenship” depend upon secular and/or religious orientations and commitments?


  • What moral duties, if any, do states, governmental organizations, and citizens have to respond to various crises by drawing upon resources of government? Do states with greater power and resources bear greater responsibility? Does this include: the responsibility to open one’s borders to refugees?  The responsibility to protect victims of gross human rights abuses, including through use of force? The responsibility to intervene militarily for other reasons? What are the limits and dangers of envisioning moral responsibility in this fashion?


  • What other global problems—such as extreme poverty, climate change, human trafficking, democratic reform movements, violent extremism, failed states—are illuminated by the language of “global citizenship” or the individuals, institutions, and movements to which such labels may apply? Given the term’s range of meanings, what are the perils of global citizenship and its prospect for success?


The workshop is part of a three-year project on Religion and Global Citizenship, undertaken by the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University and funded by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

August 7, 2016 to August 9, 2016
London, United Kingdom


“Personhood as 'Global Citizenship': Its Christian Roots and the Challenge of the Immigrant Crisis”
“Global Citizenship and Religion: Setting the Stage”
“The Case against the Case against Humanitarian Military Intervention”
“Ummah and its Moral Duties: Historical Concepts and Contemporary Practices from DAESH to Turkey”
"Political Philosophy and the Ethics of Migration"
“Insurgent Publics: Reflections on Ethical Cohabitation, Interdependency, and Moral Communities”
“What ‘Responsibility’ Do States Have to Protect Human Rights Abroad? The Case for Utopian Realism”
“'Cosmopolitan Muslims”
“Religion, Responsibility and Global Citizenship”
“Regulating Religious Diversity in an Age of Migration: The UK Experience”
“Religion as Expanded Egotism”
“Ethics and Religion in an Interdependent World: Dilemmas of Global Citizenship”
“Reducing the Risk of Conflict: Comments on the Mining Industry Faith Engagement Initiative”
“Approaching Migration and Migrants from an Islamic Perspective: Cases from Twentieth Century South Asia”
“Global Citizenship and the Religion Question: Issues of Inclusion/Exclusion and Universal/Particular”
“‘Weaponised’ Refugees, Just War Theory, and Global Citizenship: Challenges of Contemporary Conflict”
“Secularism, Global Justice and the Politics of Global Citizenship”