Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

RelSec founder and principal investigator Lee Medovoi delivered a lecture for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona titled “Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Racism in the West.” The lecture was held in the Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center on the UA campus and was attended by a robust audience of scholars, students, and some community members.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Institute For the Study of Religion and Culture and its co-sponsors welcomed the first of a series of conversations entitled “The Abrahamic Family Reunion: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Moses, Jesus and Muhammad” on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The event ran from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 to Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Political secularism in Western Europe has been destabilized by the triple contingency of the arrival and settlement of a significant number of Muslims; a multiculturalist sensibility which respects “difference”; and a moderate secularism, namely that the historical compromises between the state and a church or churches in relation to public recognition and accommodation are still in place to some extent. 

Friday, October 31st, 2014

On Halloween afternoon, 2014, the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University hosted a conversation between two of the most eminent thinkers of our time: Professors Slavoj Žižek and Jean-Pierre Dupuy.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Eric Santner held a workshop on his book The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the End of Sovereignty.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Professor Santner delivered a public lecture entitled “The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject Matter of Political Economy”.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Timothy Brennan held a workshop on his book, Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Timothy Brennan delivered a public lecture on “Secular Spirit".

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Faisal Devji held a workshop on his chapters “GWOT” from The Terrorist in Search of Humanity and “Leaving India to Anarchy” from The Impossible Indian. Later that night, Professor Devji delivered a public lecture entitle “Mohammad Iqbal and the Jewish Question”.


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.
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