Library Talk: Religion, Identity and Human Security

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    2016•06•14    18:30 - 20:00

    On 14 June 2016, the UNU Library will host a library talk for Religion, Identity and Human Security by Giorgio Shani (Routledge, 2014).

    Religion, Identity and Human Security seeks to demonstrate that a major source of human insecurity comes from the failure of states around the world to recognise the increasing cultural diversity of their populations which has resulted from globalisation. This book begins by setting out the theoretical foundations, dealing with the transformative effects of globalisation on identity, violence and security. The second part of the volume then draws on different cases of sites of human insecurity around the globe to develop these ideas, examining themes such as securitisation of religious symbols; retreat from multiculturalism; rise of exclusivist ethno-religious identities post-9/11; and state religion, colonisation and the ‘racialisation’ of migration.

    Highlighting that religion can be a source of both human security and insecurity in a globalising world, the author offers a “critical” human security paradigm that seeks to de-secularise the individual by recognising the culturally contested and embedded nature of human identities. The work argues that religion serves an important role in re-embedding individuals who have been torn from their communities by neo-liberal globalisation.

    This event will be held in English; Japanese interpretation will not be provided.


    This event is open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 16:00 on 13 June 2016). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    You may also register by contacting the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    Giorgio Shani is Professor of Politics and International Relations at International Christian University (Japan).


    Sukehiro Hasegawa is Director for Academic Exchange and Cooperation at the United Nations Association of Japan.


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