PhD Course (3 ECTS) – Professional Training Course: Violence Committed in the Name of Religion
Phenomena, root-causes and practical responses.
About the course
Violence incited, perpetrated and justified in the name of religion is a shocking reality in different parts of the globe, and the brutality displayed in such acts frequently leaves observers speechless. Violence with religious undercurrents, moreover, is an extremely multifaceted phenomenon; it inter alia exists in the shape of terrorism, communal violence, civil war and even international aggression.
While attracting much public attention in political debates and media reports, violent incidents occurring in the name of religion at the same time puzzle observers and commentators. What is the actual role of religion in such violent acts? Do certain religions, e.g. the monotheistic religions, display an inherent propensity towards violence, possibly originating from their dogmas, superiority claims and foundational scriptures? Or are acts of violence always “political” in nature? Do political and other Entrepreneurs of violence merely “abuse” religion for justifying acts of aggression whose real causes lie elsewhere? If so, however, how can politicians utilize religion to whip up aggression without receiving some support from within the respective religious communities themselves?
The PhD course (professional training) organized by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights tackles such questions consistently from a human rights perspective.
Course participants will be charged a 3,500 NOK (Norwegian kroner) fee. There is a fee exemption for PhD candidates from Norwegian universities, who have to pay only a small fee for lunches of 500 NOK. The fee covers the course and the lunches for the three days of the course. Any other expenses are to be covered by the participants themselves.
Participants are expected to study the course material beforehand. The compulsory reading materials will be made available upon registration. In order to get the 3ECTS, the PhD candidates are expected to write an essay of 4,000 words on an assigned, or approved topic by one of the course lecturers.
While the course is primarily aimed at PhD candidates doing research on this area, it is also open to professionals (with different backgrounds) who have an interest or are working with issues concerning religion and violence. The course is limited to 20-25 participants.