• 26.Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

    The two-day conference aims to enrich the debate fostered by the publication of Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age." SSRC sponsored the proceedings, along with Yale's Dept. of English, the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society, and the Office of the Provost. The conference proceedings will be published by Harvard University Press, in a volume co-edited by Craig Calhoun, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, and Michael Warner.

    Date
    Location
    Yale University
    Program
    Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age
    Meetings & Events
  • 27.Rethinking Secularism

    Co-sponsored by the SSRC and New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge, this series of public dialogues were hosted and moderated by SSRC President Craig Calhoun: Secularism, Liberalism, and Modern Governance, September 13, 2007, King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, Rajeev Bhargava, Mark Juergensmeyer, Saba Mahmood | Secularism, Religion, and Human Rights, October 30, 2007, King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, Saad Eddin Ibrahim | Exploring the Post-Secular, Febrary 12, 2008, Jurow Hall, Silver Center, New York University, Jorhn Torpey, Philip Gorski | Religion, Secularism, and Spirituality, March 26, 2008, The Bronfman Center, New York University, Ann Taves, Courtney Bender | A Secular Age, April 2, 2008, Jurow Hall, Silver Center, New York University, Charles Taylor, Michael Warner | Religion and U.S. Politics: Election 2008, April 29, 2008, D. Michael Lindsay | Who Speaks for Islam?, May 6, 2008, Kimmel Center, New York University, John Esposito | Sex and Secularity, October 8, 2008, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, Michael Warner, Stathis Gourgouris, Kathryn Lofton | The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere, October 22, 2009, The Great Hall, Cooper Union, Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Cornel West.

    Date
    September 12th 2007–
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 28.Are We Living in a Post-Secular World?

    As religiously motivated political activity has captured more and more headlines in the post-Cold War world, it has increasingly become conventional wisdom that we live in a “post-secular society,” as Jürgen Habermas and others have put it. But to what extent is the burgeoning scholarly preoccupation with religion a matter of an empirically ascertainable resurgence of religious devotion and practice, and to what extent is it simply the product of a shift in scholarly interests, which now once again are increasingly focused on religion after at least a generation of relative neglect? While there is no doubt that religion has assumed a more dramatic role in public life, that is different from saying that there is “more of it” than there was before, and that we are leaving behind a period that was “more secular” than is the present. In order to understand religion’s place in the public sphere, we must certainly come to a more adequate understanding of shifting historical patterns of religious affiliation and activity. Co-sponsored by the SSRC and the CUNY Graduate Center, this workshop explored both shifting historical patterns of religious affiliation and activity and, especially, shifting patterns of scholarly research.

    Date
    Location
    Social Science Research Council
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 29.Can There Be a Social Science of Spirituality?

    Co-sponsored by the SSRC and the School for Advanced Research, this working meeting was broadly concerned with the current state of knowledge regarding spirituality and religious experience, both in the United States and in global comparative perspective. The two-day discussion was focused not only on “spirituality” and “religious experience” as objects of academic knowledge, but on the forms, practices, and assumptions of social scientific knowledge production itself, specifically as concerns the “problem” of knowing about religious belief and spiritual experience within the context of the contemporary secular university.

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    Location
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 30.Varieties of Secularism: A Colloquium

    Discussion of secularism has been unfolding at a rapid rate over the past few years. In this international debate, it is no longer taken for granted that secularism is a neutral governance structure, or that it can be understood simply as the negation of “religion.” Yet disagreements are also emerging. How closely can secularism be identified with the Christian culture from which it arose? Within the umbrella of a globalizing secular imaginary, what distinctions are to be made among varieties of secularism? How does a critical analysis of the secular affect our understanding of modernity, sovereignty, the postcolonial, or the academic disciplines? Anticipating an engaging array of responses to these and related questions, the aim of this one-day event is to bring together a diverse group of scholars, in order to take stock of the unfolding conversation and to assess the current stakes of debate.

    Date
    , 8:00am –
    Location
    New York University
    Program
    Religion and the Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events