Transnational Christianity and the Problem of Democracy: A Workshop


Thursday, February 7, 2013, 8:30am to 5:00pm

Lower Level Conference Room

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
Harvard University
27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Breakfast, CES Lobby: 8:15am-8:45am


Opening remarks (Peter Gordon): 8:45am


Keynote speaker: Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall): 9am


1. The Ideological Underpinnings of Postwar Christian Democracy (10am-11:15am)

Sarah Shortall (Harvard University), "Catholic Ecclesiology and the Problem of Democracy"

Aline-Florence Manent (Harvard University), "CDU and The Theory of Dependency"

Comment: Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University)

Coffee break, CES Lobby: 11:15am-11:30am


2. The Practices of Postwar Christian Democracy (11:30pm-12:45pm)

Giuliana Chamedes (Columbia University), "The Italian and German Postwar Constitutions: Reinventing Christian Europe?"

James Chappel (University of Chicago), "Democracy in the Name of the Father: Catholic Social Science and the Family, 1930-1950"

Commentator: Phil Nord (Princeton University)


3. Christian Democracy and Human Rights  (1:45pm-3:30pm)

Marco Duranti (University of Sydney), "Economic Democracy and Political Democracy in Transnational Catholic Politics after the Second World War: A Human Rights Perspective"

Piotr Kosicki (University of Virginia), "Catholic Rights-talk and Eastern European Autocracy: Polish Christian Democracy between Regionalism and Transnationalism, 1937-1955"

Hannah Waits (UC Berkeley), "Democracy and the Great Commission: American Global Missions and Postwar Foreign Relations"

Commentator: Samuel Moyn (Columbia University)


Coffee break, CES Lobby: 3:30pm-3:45pm


4. Roundtable: How Can We Study Transnational Religious Politics?  (3:45-4:45pm)

Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall)

Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth College)

Peter Gordon (Harvard University)