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  • Open Lectures at Peking University by New Zealand Centre Visiting Fellow Professor Douglas Pratt of Waikato University

    Dr Douglas Pratt, NZC V.F. 2014.

    17/11/2014 - OPEN LECTURE: "Religious Diversity in New Zealand: The 2013 Census Results, the National Religious Diversity Statement, and Implications for Interfaith Relations" by Professor Douglas Pratt of Waikato University

    "In this lecture I shall discuss the theme of religious diversity as a global phenomenon, applying the issues raised and any lessons learned in the New Zealand experience to a wider context of modern secular societies that includes both New Zealand and China" - Professor Douglas Pratt

    18/11/2014 - OPEN LECTURE: "Fundamentalism and Terrorism: Contemporary Religious Extremism" by Professor Douglas Pratt of Waikato University

    "Religious extremism, and instances of violence and terrorism allied to it, is of particular concern in modern world. Secular societies are not immune from either direct or indirect involvement. Whenever we fly internationally we are subject to security measures that for the most part have been prompted by concern to prevent religiously motivated extremist acts. Most often, such religious extremism is identified as fundamentalist. But the history and identity of fundamentalism is complex. " - Professor Douglas Pratt

    If you are interested in attending any of the above lectures, please contact our liaison officers for more information including lecture venue and means of access (photo ID required for all non-university attendees).

    About the Lecturer:


    Professor and Convenor, Religious Studies Programme, School of Social Sciences University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

    Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Christkatholische Theologie, Faculty of Theology University of Bern, Switzerland

    Adjunct Associate Professor (Research), School of Social and Political Inquiry Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


    New Zealand Associate, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific

    Associate, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, University of St Andrews, UK

    Co-Editor, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue

    Associate Editor, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

    Fulbright Campus Adviser, University of Waikato

    Chair of Publications, Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR)

    International Assessor, Australian Research Council

    Dr Douglas Pratt prepared his lectures as part of a Visiting Fellowship with the New Zealand Centre. If you are a member of the academic staff from any of our eight partner institutions and you are interested in attending a fellowship at Peking University, get in touch with our liaison officers to learn more about the application process. Visiting fellowships for New Zealand academics are held year-round at Peking University, across a broad range of departments, forming a significant contribution to the advancement of academic exchange between China and New Zealand.

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