Crepuscular Secularism: The Post-secular Intellectual in Europe and the Middle East


Mar
18
2013

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  • Host Department: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)
  • Date: 03/18/2013
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

  • Location: Room 1636, International Institute, 1080 South University  (Show map)

  • Description:

    Secularism as a political doctrine was formulated during the nineteenth century, when a group of British intellectuals proposed the separation of church and state and argued that the ideal foundation of government was a moral system grounded in universal rather than religious values. Like many of the teachings of the Enlightenment, secularism has proved difficult to export, and is showing signs of strain even in Europe. This event brings together well-known scholars to debate and discuss the secular revolution and its aftermath.

    Session One, 9:00-10:30 AM
    Archeologies of Old World Secularism
    Speaker: Philip S. Gorski, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
    Discussants: Tomoko Masuzawa and 
    Anna Grzymala-Busse, University of Michigan
    Chair:
    Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan

    Session Two, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
    Slouching toward Bethlehem: Secularism in the MENA Region
    Speaker:Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
    Discussants: Pauline Jones Luong and Butch Ware, University of Michigan
    Chair: Karla Mallette, University of Michigan

    Session Three, 2:00- 3:30 PM
    Is religion back? Did it ever go away?
    Speaker: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
    Discussants: Paul Johnson and George Hoffman, University of Michigan
    Chair: Lisa Disch, University of Michigan

    Sponsors: the International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Center for European Studies, and Islamic Studies Program.

     


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