LISD's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) will convene a conference, "Religion and Crisis: The Situation of Women and the Next Generation," June 7-9 in Vienna, Austria. This is the fifth annual PORDIR conference. Previous PORDIR conferences focused on religion and self-determination (2011), religion in crisis diplomacy (2010), religion in development (2009), and the influence of religion and religious beliefs in the conduct of international diplomacy and power politics (2008). Participation in the conference is by invitation only.
The objective of the 2013 PORDIR colloquium is to analyze issues pertaining to the nexus between religion and issues related to women and youth, as events around the world make it clear that calls for better governance, democratization, and human rights are likely to become louder in the years to come. Special consideration is given to the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. The push to secure rights for women, and empower the next generation, and the rising emphasis on faith are inextricably linked, and this colloquium will explore this relationship through presentations by ten Princeton PORDIR fellows and roundtable discussions with practitioners, diplomats, and scholars.
LISD created the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International relations in 2007 in response to the role religion currently plays in interstate and intrastate conflicts and aspects of international affairs. The program offers students and faculty at Princeton University the opportunity to study, reflect, and generate ideas concerning the multiple intersections of religion, diplomacy, and international relations. The project currently includes a student fellowship program, weekly seminar series, and annual conference. The program is directed by LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber.
Lufthansa is the official airline partner for the PORDIR 2013 conference.