Religious Pluralism and Civil Society in Ukraine

Thursday, April 19, 2007
12:00 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a talk by Prof. Jose Casanova, titled:

"Religious Pluralism and Civil Society in Ukraine"

The condition of religious pluralism in Ukraine, which several years ago Prof. Casanova characterized as that of "incipient denominationalism," arguing that it was the only religious market in Europe that approximated the American model of extreme denominationalism, rather than the typical European model of dominant church(es) and sects (i.e. religious minorities), has if anything been solidified in the last decade. The lecture will analyze some of the implications of such religious pluralism for civil society in Ukraine.

José Casanova is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he has taught since 1987. Casanova has published widely in the areas of sociological theory, religion and politics, transnational migration, and globalization.