Northeastern University Political Science graduate students Tasbiha Batool and Juheon Lee presented their papers last November as part of the panel “Religious Freedom and National Identity in Fragile Democracies: Turkish, Korean, and Nigerian Experiences” at the Northeastern Political Science Association in Montreal. The students’ papers were respectively titled: “The Islamic Movement
in Nigeria” and “Why Do Far-Right Activists in South Korea Wave Israeli Flags?” Lee and Batool are working under the supervision of Prof. William Miles as part of Research Cluster “Freedom of Religion v. National Identity: Democracy and Secularism on Trial,” sponsored by the Humanities Center.
Prof. Miles joined the students and was able to meet Professor Carsten Anckar from Abo Akademi University in Finland who dedicated and presented a copy of his book Religion and Democracy. He also presented the paper “Who Defines the Turks? Competing Elites and Rival Nationalisms in Turkey” on behalf of another student, Ahsen Utku, who was unable to travel to the event.
Prof. Miles provided this experiential learning opportunity in his role as a mentor to the graduate students and coordinator of the research cluster.