Venstreregimene i Latin-Amerika

A church for the voiceless? Religion, politics and social justice in Latin America



 NorLARNet Seminar  


Wednesday 1 December, 12:30 - 15:30

Litteraturhuset (room: Amalie Skram), Wergelandsv. 29, Oslo


 The relationship between religion and social justice has recently become an important topic in debates about development policy and development cooperation. Latin America is the most unequal region in the world in terms of income and living conditions, but also one with strong religious traditions and churches. Important currents within these traditions have historically promoted social justice, and given a voice to marginalized groups. This seeming paradox gives rise to a number of questions that will be addressed in this seminar: How does religion, and more precisely, Latin American religiosity, think about and promote equality and social justice today? Is the reproduction of inequality and poverty an unintended result of religious world visions, ethics, and pastoral strategies? Do religions play a role in politics and policies fighting or reproducing inequality and poverty, on an individual, community and national level? 



EMILCE CUDA, Department of Theology, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Argentina Populism, Religion and Democracy: Facing Inequality in Latin America
HANS EGIL OFFERDAL, UiB Global, University of Bergen/CLACSO-CROP  Pastoral Action and Politics for the Poor: Being Church for the voiceless
 GENARO ZALPA, Department of Sociology, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico  Religions and Poverty in Latin America: Ethics, Ethos, and Practices 
 EINAR BERNTZEN, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen  Religion and Politics in Nicaragua: What difference does a revolution make?







The seminar is supported by The CLACSO-CROP Programme on Poverty Research, UiB Global and Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.





Published Nov. 15, 2010 7:32 PM - Last modified Oct. 24, 2013 11:13 AM