Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Webinar with Julia Berger

A recording of this session is available on our Vimeo channel.

Religion has come to play an increasingly visible role in the construction of the modern world. Once deemed irrelevant in an avowedly secular public sphere, religion is now the focus of a growing research agenda in the social sciences. This presentation will address some of the key concepts and concerns in the contemporary study of religion in society including secularization, the question of modernity, faith-based organizations, and the debates about the nature of religion, among others. It will explore some of the limitations of current approaches to the study of religion and the promising avenues for Bahá’í engagement. The presentation will offer some insights from Ms. Berger’s on-going research about Bahá’í engagement with the United Nations.

Julia Berger is a PhD candidate in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). Her research focuses on the Bahá’í community’s engagement with the United Nations, and, more broadly, the engagement of faith-based organizations in international affairs. From 2004-2015, she served as Senior Researcher at the Bahá’í International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. Ms. Berger holds an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She lives in Queens, NY, with her husband and twin daughters.