Faith & Globalisation Network Continues to Grow

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Faith & Globalisation Network Continues to Grow

22 Jul 2014

Queen's University, Belfast, has become the latest institution to join the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's network of universities teaching courses that investigate the intersection of faith and processes of globalisation.

Founded in 2008 when the Foundation's patron, Tony Blair, taught a course at Yale, we support universities teaching courses concerned with faith and globalisation through the provision of teaching resources, hosting collaborative platforms and aiding research impact.

The Faith & Globalisation Teaching Network now consists of over 30 universities worldwide including Yale University, McGill University, the National University of Singapore, Peking University, the University of Western Australia, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Banaras Hindu University. In the last few months the network has been joined by Sabanci University in Turkey, the University of Vlora in Albania, Wesley Theological Seminary in the US and Sejong University in South Korea.

Charlotte Keenan, Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation said:

"It is vital we provide current and future leaders with the knowledge, analysis and skills to negotiate the complex religious landscape of the 21st century, specifically in areas of religion and conflict.

"A key part of our work is to coordinate and support a rapidly growing global teaching network of leading universities and the teaching, research and analysis that comes from this network ensures that future leaders have a better understanding of the ways in which religion is influencing the modern world.

"I am delighted that Queen's have joined our global network of Universities. We have always been incredibly grateful for the support, advice and expertise that Queen's University has brought to our work, especially with schools in Northern Ireland, and are very excited to deepen this collaboration through this partnership. We look forward to working with them, studying the role of religion, not only in conflict situations, but also in transformation and reconciliation processes post-conflict."

Professor John Brewer of Queen's University said:

"Queen's University has a long and distinguished reputation for the study of conflict, religion and peace, and the new Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice gives expression to the University's commitment to helping Northern Ireland become reconciled to its past.

The Faith & Globalisation programme is a brave attempt at understanding religious conflict and the potential for religious peace building around the world.

"This commitment extends to other parts of the world, from whom Northern Ireland can learn and where Northern Ireland's lessons can apply. Being part of the Faith & Globalisation Teaching Network is a measure of this commitment and Queen's University is excited to be working alongside the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and other leading research universities in the Network to assist the global search for religious tolerance and peace building."

"The Faith & Globalisation programme is a brave attempt at understanding religious conflict and the potential for religious peace building around the world, and Queen's University is privileged to be part of the global network of the world's leading research universities studying and teaching in this area. We look forward to developing our links with other universities in the Network and to future collaboration with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation."

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) connects the perspectives of all those who seek to contribute to conflict transformation and social justice, facilitating sustained interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching. Bringing together the insights of world leading researchers and the experience of practitioners, policy makers, politicians and activists, ISCTSJ strives to create a dialogue within which all voices can be heard. In this way it aims to provide strategic focus to support world-class research and policy development in this field.

The Masters in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, which has been associated with the Faith & Globalisation Teaching Network, provides students with the opportunity to undertake study across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. They benefit from the enriched interdisciplinary learning environment and expertise of award winning academic staff that Queen's University fosters.Students engage with core theories, concepts, issues and debates within conflict transformation and social justice as they relate to religion, the nature and character of conflict, examples of global conflicts, modes and forms of conflict transformation and legal and human rights.