What is RELSEC?

The Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging Initiative is led by five centers located in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and China. This project investigates how religious and secular formations organize the practices of political belonging across the globe. RELSEC brings together scholars from across a wide variety of fields. RELSEC's ultimate goal is to move from beyond a mere "comparative study" -- whether religion or secularism -- and toward a translocal mapping of the global networks of religious and secular discourse.


The timeline charts the progress of the RelSec centers and their projects. Drag inside the timeline to move back and forth and click on entries for more information and links.

RelSec is comprised of five partner sites situated in universities around the world. The participating centers conduct parallel research projects whose exact shape reflects the distinct missions of the centers and research profiles of the teams. All will include some combination of public presentations and events, faculty workshops, and/or curricular initiatives, such as the development of team-taught courses on secularism, religion, and political belonging.
Click on the icons below to link to each partner’s individual websites.