Prof. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd: 2019 MF CASR Annual Lecture

We are extremely happy to announce that Prof. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd will give the 2019 MF CASR Annual Lecture. 


06.09.2019 - 18:00

Religion on the border: The politics of the ‘Muslim ban’ and the limits of law

Within a week of taking office, Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries. The Federal Courts deemed the order and a second version unconstitutional. In October 2017, a district court in Hawaii granted an injunction barring enforcement of a third iteration placing entry restrictions on the nationals of eight states whose systems for sharing information the President deemed inadequate. The 9th Circuit upheld the injunction. In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit, ruling 5-4 in favor of the government. With anti-Muslim rhetoric at the highest levels of the U.S. government, including numerous incontrovertible statements by the President, how could the majority find that the ban is not about religion? In this lecture, Professor Hurd suggests that it is not and never has been possible to disentangle religious animus from practices of national security. To understand the ban, therefore, requires confronting the ways in which religion and national security are entangled in Proclamation 9645 and in the history of American foreign and immigration policy more broadly. The law is ill-equipped to address this situation because it is in part responsible for creating it.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Hilde Restad (Bjørknes høyskole), Iver B Neumann (NOVA, OsloMet), Andreas Hvidsten (MF) and Iselin Frydenlund (MF).

About the presenter:

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Professor of Politics and Religious Studies at Northwestern University, US. She studies the politics of religion in international relations and is writing a book on religion and politics on the border. Recent public writings include The Border President and Does Religious Freedom Favor Some Religions over Others? For interviews on recent work see here or here. On why she wrote Beyond Religious Freedom see here. Hurd co-directs a Faculty Research Group on Global Politics and Religion, Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad and Talking Religion: Publics, Politics and the Media. She co-curates the Teaching Law and Religion Case Archive.

Place: Litteraturhuset

Time: Friday 6th of September 2019, 18:00-20:00. More information will follow.

About the MF CASR Annual Lecture:

The MF CASR Annual Lecture invites distinguished academics to reflect upon current trends in the academic study of religion, including both historical and contemporary perspectives. It takes place in September each year.