Events Calendar

Mar
20
Thu
2014
Bottom-up Secularism in the Top-down States of Eurasia @ Alumni House
Mar 20 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Bottom-up Secularism in the Top-down States of Eurasia @ Alumni House

with John Schoeberlein, Nazarbayev University

The resurgence of religion in the post-Soviet space has been accompanied by heightened appeals to secularism as a social and political order.  Most research on secularism in Eurasian contexts —and indeed, in general — has focused on the top-down institutional construction of the secular order. Furthermore, scholarship on post-Soviet societies tends often to present social construction as a largely top-down process; this being a legacy of the Soviet context where a state with high ambitions for penetrating and transforming society was at the center of most analysis of social process. John Schoeberlein will explore the ways in which bottom-up processes shape the formation of secularism in post-communist states. Drawing on an ethnographic perspective from field research in Central Asia and the Caucasus, he will make an argument that what might be called “secular sensibilities” of people who inhabit all levels of the social process are a crucial factor in shaping the ways that religion has assumed a new role in social and political processes.
Mar
21
Fri
2014
International Water Day @ Conference Room 505
Mar 21 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
International Water Day @ Conference Room 505
With
Marlene Laruelle, Central Asia Program, George Washington University
Julia Collins, Women and Water Project
Marcus King, George Washington University
Barbara Miller, Global Gender Program, George Washington University
Amanda Klasing, Human Rights Watch
Rebecca Fishman, WASH Advocates
Kara Gerson, Voss Foundation
In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22nd as the official “World Day for Water”,with the aim to raise awareness and focus attention on sustainably managing thisimportant resource. This year World Water Day focuses on the interplay of Energy andWater. In honor of this day, the State Department-funded Women and Water Project atGW’s Elliott School, along with WASH Advocates, invite you to a roundtable breakfastevent to discuss energy and water challenges and share knowledge on improvingmanagement and governance through enhanced participation of women and socialinclusion.