Negotiating Religion

Samuel Huntington wrote, in his seminal work, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order,
"People define themselves in terms of ancestry, religion, language, history, values, customs, and institutions. They identify with cultural groups: tribes, ethnic groups, religious communities, nations, and, at the broadest level, civilizations. People use politics not just to advance their interests but also to define their identity. We know who we are only when we know who we are not and often only when we know whom we are against." 

Negotiating Religion is a series of curated conversations that take place at regular intervals in Chennai. Specifically looking at themes that center around religion, we aim to inform our attempts at civilian peace building through open dialogues. Sessions are typically between an hour and two hours long with a small and intimate gathering of individuals. If you would like to be a part of a session, please write to us at

To read up on our discussions, use the list below

Session 0: Religious Identity
Session 1: Religion and Patriarchy
Session 2: Personal Stories and Faith