Renée LaReau | March 31, 2019
R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, is the recipient of the 2019 Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award.
Appleby accepted the honor at the annual International Studies Association (ISA) convention in Toronto. The celebration featured an academic roundtable dedicated to Appleby’s scholarship and its contribution to the field of international studies.
“Scott Appleby’s work has brought religion to the attention of academic audiences and clarified how religion matters in the world,” said the committee from the ISA Religion and International Relations Section, which presented the award. “His research has inspired and will continue to inspire debate and scholarship across multiple disciplines.”
The roundtable discussion highlighted Appleby’s development of key concepts in the study of religion and international relations, including fundamentalism; the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding; sustainable peace; religious engagement; interreligious dialogue; religious engagement in foreign policy; and strategic peacebuilding, a set of practices that aims to transform a society from a state of violence or deep injustice to one of peace.
“Scott Appleby has shown that, while religion can promote political violence and conflict, it can also promote nonviolent civic engagement, development, conflict resolution and reconciliation,” said Scott M. Thomas, associate professor of international relations at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, one of nine scholars participating in the roundtable. “Informed by this multifaceted understanding, he has pioneered a policy-oriented approach of the role of religion in international relations.”
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