IDP Roundtable Series"Muslim Heresy and the Politics of Human Rights"
with Dr. Matthew J. Nelson, SOAS University of London
*Free and public event. Registration required. Lunch will be served.
Date: 21.02.2019, ThursdayTime: 12:15 - 14:00Venue: Dialogue Platform, Rue Montoyer 31 (2nd floor), 1000 BrusselsYou are cordially invited to the IDP's round table discussion: "Muslim Heresy and the Politics of Human Rights" with Dr. Matthew J. Nelson.
This talk examines an unexpected link between allegations of heresy and the practice of human rights law (in this case, a law in which 'freedom of conscience/religion' is protected 'subject to public order'). Specifically, Dr. Nelson illuminates a pattern in which those described as heretics are targeted as religious provocateurs who pose a risk to public order. When this claim is accepted by senior judges, he shows how legal references to 'human rights' actually work, somewhat counterintuitively, to exclude more than include. This pattern of engagement with human-rights law has played an important role in religious majoritarian national-identity formation in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and elsewhere.
Dr. Matthew J. Nelson (PhD Columbia) is a Reader in Politics at SOAS. His research focuses on non-elite politics, constitutional politics, the politics of Islamic institutions, and democracy, particularly in South Asia. Before SOAS Dr Nelson taught at UC Santa Cruz, Bates College, and Yale University; at SOAS he is a founding member of the Centre for Comparative Political Thought and the Centre for Conflict, Rights, and Justice. In 2009-2010 he was the Wolfensohn Family Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); in 2011 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.; in 2014-15, he was a Fellow at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) in Germany.
Program:12:15 - 13:00 Registration and Lunch13:00 - 13:30 Lecture by Dr. Matthew J. Nelson13:30 - 14:00 Q&A Session14:00 End of the event