January 2, 2020 at 11:30 am

Baker Peace Conference | Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives and Possibilities, Feb. 20-21

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Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute announces the theme of “Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives and Possibilities” for the 2020 Baker Peace Conference on Feb. 20-21 at the Athens campus. The Keynote will be held in Baker Center, Ballroom A. Subsequent panels will be in Walter Hall Rotunda.

“Our speakers include former State Department officer Professor Peter Mandaville (keynote speaker) and experts on religion, politics, and identity ranging from South America to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia,” says Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Professor of History and Director of the Contemporary History Institute.

The Baker Peace Conference is an annual event at Ohio University dating back to 1988. The upcoming conference will examine religion as a source of peace, a force in peacebuilding in the Global South, and a source of identity in the contemporary world. It will feature a Thursday evening keynote address and three panels on Friday in the format of a symposium.

“We hope that this interdisciplinary conference will appeal to a wide range of audiences from scholars to practitioners in the field. It is free and open to the public. We would love to meet you, your colleagues, friends, or students in Athens this February,” says Trauschweizer. Contact him at or for more information.

Baker Peace Conference Program

Thursday, Feb. 20


  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Baker Center, Ballroom A
Peter Mandaville, portrait

Dr. Peter Mandaville

Dr. Peter Mandaville, Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, State Department Policy Planning Staff (2011-12) and Senior Advisor in State’s Office of Religious and Global Affairs (2015-16)

Friday, Feb. 21

Panel 1: Transnational and Religious Identities

  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Walter Hall Rotunda

Moderator: Dr. Assan Sarr, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University

Cecelia Lynch, portrait

Dr. Cecelia Lynch

Dr. Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science at University of California – Irvine

Jonathan Agensky, portrait

Dr. Jonathan Agensky

Dr. Jonathan Agensky, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University

Jeremy Rinker, portrait

Dr. Jeremy Rinker

Dr. Jeremy Rinker, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Panel 2: Christianity and Peace

  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Walter Hall Rotunda

Moderator: Dr. Brandon Kendhammer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Development Studies at Ohio University

Amy Erica Smith, portrait

Dr. Amy Erica Smith

Dr. Amy Erica Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University

Slavica Jakelic, portrait

Dr. Slavica Jakelic

Dr. Slavica Jakelic, Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Thought at Valparaiso University

Margaret Scull, portrait

Dr. Margaret Scull

Dr. Margaret Scull, Post-doctoral researcher at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Panel 3: Religion and Peace in the Middle East and the Islamic World

  • 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Walter Hall Rotunda

Moderator: Dr. Loren Lybarger, Associate Professor of Classics & World Religions at Ohio University

Afra Jalabi, Ph.D candidate at Concordia University in Montreal in the Department of Religions and Cultures

A. Rashied Omar, portrait

Dr. A. Rashied OmarDr. A. Rashied Omar, Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, portrait in Baker Center atrium

Dr. Nukhet Sandal

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Ohio University


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