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The Jesuits and Globalization

The Office of the Vice President of the Loyola Schools and the Office of the Vice President for University and Global Relations invite you to an engaging talk about the Jesuit and globalization by Professor Jose Casanova of the Georgetown University on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5 PM in Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.


Since its founding by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, the Society of Jesus has embraced a global horizon. Over the centuries, the Jesuits have propelled interreligious and intercultural dialogue; spurred educational innovation; and advocated for justice and the global common good.

In today’s era of globalization, marked by unprecedented political, cultural, and religious pluralism and pressing international challenges of peace, human rights, and development, the Jesuits’ global horizon is more critical than ever before. How can we improve understanding across the world’s great religious and cultural traditions? How can we educate students for citizenship and leadership in a globalizing world? And how can we build more just and effective global governance?

Focus of the Talk

The Jesuits and Globalization Project at Georgetown University addressed these questions over three years through a series of symposia and a book project that brought leading Jesuit and lay scholars to examine the historical contributions of the Jesuits to globalization and the contemporary relevance of their global perspectives for the challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

The Speaker

JOSÉ CASANOVA is one of the world’s top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center’s Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into five languages, including Arabic and Indonesian. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of life-long achievement in the field of theology.

Casanova’s most recent research has focused primarily on two areas: globalization and religion, and the dynamics of transnational religion, migration, and increasing ethno-religious and cultural diversity. His research on religion and globalization has adopted an ambitious comparative perspective that includes Catholicism, Pentecostalism and Islam.  His work on transnational migration and religion explores the incorporation of minorities and the construction of transnational networks, identities and structures.


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