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The Power of the Faithful: Genocide and Religion

March 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Union Theological Seminary | The Stewart Room
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Andrea White

Join Dr. Kate E. Temoney for her lecture addressing the under-studied nexuses between genocide and religion. Although rarely the motivating factor in mass atrocities, religious rhetoric, institutions and actors have played a significant role in both fomenting and stymieing genocidal violence. Despite this, there has been little focused research on or practical steps toward engaging religion in genocide prevention. This is beginning to change, and through an examination of recent studies and initiatives, the lecture will explore the promises and challenges of enlisting religious actors in mass atrocity prevention. Lecture sponsored by the Union’s Theology Field.

About Dr. Kate E. Temoney
Dr. Kate E. Temoney is a former Assistant Dean of Students and currently an Assistant Professor of Religion at Montclair State University. She earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University; an M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University in 2015.

She is trained as a comparative religious ethicist, and her areas of research and teaching are human rights, genocide, African Religions, applied religious ethics, and the problem of evil. Her current research focuses on the intersections of genocide and religion, mass atrocity prevention and peacebuilding, and theory of history.

A selection of her recent publications include: “‘Those Who Have the Sin…Go to this Side’: Genocide, Religion, and Genocide and Religion” in The Routledge History of Genocide (2015); “The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The Religion/Genocide Nexus, Sexual Violence, and the Future of Genocide Studies” in Genocide Studies and Prevention (2016); “Religion and Genocide Nexuses: Bosnia as Case Study” in Religions, 2017; and a co-authored article with Simeon O. Ilesanmi: “Counter-Terrorism and Religious Violence in Nigeria: A Human Rights Perspective on the Doctrine of Necessity in the Law and Religion in Africa Series: Religion, Law & Security (2018). A few of her forthcoming works are a book chapter titled “Anatomizing White Rage: “Race is My Religion!” and “White Genocide” in The Religion of White Rage: White Workers, Religious Fervor, and the Myth of Racial Progress, an entry on “Sacralization” in Core Concepts in Historical Thinking, and a contributing essay to the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Genocide.

She has presented her work both domestically and abroad, including Brazil, Poland, Australia, and Morocco. Her upcoming engagements include delivering papers at the Institute on Culture Religion and World Affairs at Boston University in April and at the International Association of Genocide Scholars conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in July.  Dr. Temoney is the current co-chair of the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit of the American Academy of Religion and the co-founder of the Genocide Education and Prevention Project (GEAPP)—a collaboration between Montclair State University and George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.