Sacred Values and Intractable Conflicts

 

By Scott Atran (French National Centre for Scientific Research and Atris Director of Research)

 

September 2013

 

Our September 23-24, anthropologist Scott Atran returned to give another lecture and seminar. The topic was the role of religion and sacred values in the creation and resolution of intractable conflicts. Sacred values -- which drive actions independently of calculated costs, risks, rewards and consequences -- sustain intractable conflicts that defy “business-like” negotiation, but also provide surprising opportunities for resolution.

 

Scott gave a Monday morning lecture to all the students and then held two afternoon interactive seminars with about 20 - 30 students each. All went exceedingly well.  The students were bright, inquisitive and eager to engage in the issues.  During one of the seminars, the students literally wouldn’t let Scott go and it ran for over 2 hours.

 

Read the student commentaries to Scott’s seminar

 

On September 25, Scott also held seminar at Pax et Bellum for students at Uppsala University, which also went very well.

 

 

 

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