Keynote Speaker


"Romanticism, Modernity, and the Study of Religion: Politics, Ecology, and Spirituality at the Crossroads"

Mark S. Cladis is the Brooke Russell Astor Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Public Vision, Private Lives (Oxford University Press, 2003; paperback edition, Columbia University Press, 2006) and A Communitarian Defense of Liberalism (Stanford University Press, 1992), and over fifty articles and chapters in edited books. After receiving his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied philosophy and social theory as they relate to the field of religious studies, he taught at the University of North Carolina, Stanford University, and at Vassar College where he served as Chair for six years. Since 2004, he has been at Brown, where he has served as Chair. He is the editor of Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (Oxford University Press, 2001) and of Education and Punishment: Durkheim and Foucault (Oxford: Center of Durkheimian Studies, 1999). Currently he is completing the book, In Search of a Course: Reflections on Pedagogy and the Culture of the Modern Research University. He is also working on a new book project, “Radical Romanticism: Religion, Democracy, and the Environmental Imagination.”