International Conferences

Each year, an International Conference is organised at the Institute under the leadership of Professor Jean-François Bayart, Yves Oltramare Chairholder, to analyse the impact of the relationships between religion and politics and reinforce dialogue between the principal stakeholders, experts and international actors.

2017 International Conference

Religious Facts, Economic Facts

4-5 December 2017   
The Graduate Institute, Geneva (Maison de la paix)

Since the publication of Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, much has been written about the relationships between religion and economics/finance. The idea is not to reopen a very rich theoretical debate, often based on a simplistic and sometimes erroneous reading of the work of the sociologist in Heidelberg, who sought to « prevent causal absolutisation ». International news provides us with enough complex facts about this to lead us to question afresh and on an empirical basis “the concrete genetic connections” between religious and economic facts in various contemporary political situations, while remaining at the same time faithful to the Weberian method. (more).

Previous Conferences

2016 Conference


Violence et religion en Afrique

5-6 December

Opening Lecture: Ruth Marshall, professeur adjoint, Study of Religion & Political Science, Université de Toronto


2015 Conference

Des empires aux Etats-nations : religion et citoyenneté en Méditerranée orientale
(19e-21e siècle)

7-8 December

Opening Lecture: Thorniké Gordadze, conseiller à l'IHEDN, Paris; ancien ministre d’Etat de l’Intégration euro-atlantique de Géorgie


2014 Conference


Secularisms: Ideals, Ideologies, and Institutional Practices

25-27 September

Opening Lecture: Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore


2013 Conference


Blasphemy as Political Game

17-19 October

Opening Lecture: Aziz Al-Azmeh, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Religious Studies, Central European University, Budapest