Living in and under Jakarta’s streets

Saskia Schaefer portrait

Saskia Schäfer, IRCPL Post-Doctoral Researcher, reviews Daniel Ziv’s feature-length documentary Jalanan for New Mandala and places it within the context of Indonesia’s turbulent political climate. Schäfer writes, “Listening: this is what makes Daniel Ziv’s depiction of these three urban poor so effective. He doesn’t speak for them, he doesn’t put them on display, and he doesn’t romanticize or pity […]

Religious Wars conference report

In conjunction with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University and RESET: Dialogue of Civilizations (Italy), the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (RBIIS) recently organized a two-day conference on “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam.”  The organizers, RBIIS director John Torpey and IRCPL director Karen Barkey, […]

New from CUP: Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites

IRCPL publication - Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites book cover

Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Reslution is out this month from Columbia University Press.  Edited by Karen Barkey and Elazar Barkan, this collection explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and cooperation, coexistence and conflict. Contributors […]