Events

Monday, September 15th, 2014 to Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In addition to these meetings, Minerva hosted a major public event at Tel Aviv University on June 17, under the title “Jewish-Democratic / Muslim-Democratic: Religion and State in Contemporary Middle East.” In light of the current highly volatile political debate on Israel as a Jewish-Democratic state, the goal was to propose a change in the coordinates of the discussion and to put the question of the Jewish-Democratic in a comparative framework – yet not together with Western liberal (and Christian) states, to which Israel is too easily, and somewhat mistakenly often compared, but with oth

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 to Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The Center for the Comparative Study of Antiquity (CCSA), operating under the Research Institute for the Humanities at CUHK organized a conference dedicated to examining the religious transformation of China and Rome, c. 100-600 CE. This conference aimed at understanding the early stage of religious transformation by comparing the West and the East. Scholars of early Buddhism in China and early Christianity in Rome, including Prof. Lu Zhongli from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Prof. Harold Drake from University of California, Santa Barbara and Prof.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Following a well-received panel of public reports about RelSec’s ongoing research to the CHCI membership in Hong Kong, fourteen research team representatives met in Hong Kong for a second project-wide symposium titled “Spirits, Dogmas, and the Limits of the Post-Secular.” This symposium included in-depth discussions of the previous day’s reports by Ernst van den Hemel (Utrecht), Ori Goldberg (Tel Aviv), Marcia Klotz (USA), and Poo-Mu-Choo (Hong Kong), as well as pre-circulated papers by Shaul Setter (Tel Aviv), Albert Welter and Leerom Medovoi (USA).

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The “Visions Series” was comprised of presentations that examined the crossroads of creative practice and spiritual inspiration through the perspective of three women in the fields of artistry, history, and philosophical research. This well attended series was funded by external sources leveraged by the Mellon award. 

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Dr. Jain’s lecture, “Cultures of Sustainability, Sustainability of Cultures”, analyzed the Hindu basis for environmental politics in India.  Jain is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Philosophy & Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He wrote Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (Ashgate, 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The “Visions Series” was comprised of presentations that examined the crossroads of creative practice and spiritual inspiration through the perspective of three women in the fields of artistry, history, and philosophical research. This well attended series was funded by external sources leveraged by the Mellon award. 

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The “Visions Series” was comprised of presentations that examined the crossroads of creative practice and spiritual inspiration through the perspective of three women in the fields of artistry, history, and philosophical research. This well attended series was funded by external sources leveraged by the Mellon award. 

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

In recent times “the secular” has come under increasing scrutiny. Scholars have pointed out that notions of secularity are often intimately connected with a biased Western point of view. Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University) agrees that the secular needs to be criticized, but insists that this process itself needs to be secular. During this workshop, aimed at scholars, PhDs, and advanced Master’s students, we will explore the notion of secular criticism and the way it can be an addition to or alternative for contemporary debates about secularism and religion.

Friday, February 21st, 2014

RelSec holds a symposium with four internationally distinguished scholars: Akeel Bilgrami “Religion and the Possibilities of Political Radicalism”; Dilip Gaonkar—“The Rushdie Apology and the Quest for a Secular Persona”; Colin Jager—"London's Overthrow: Fundamentalism and Inequality”; Radha Radhakrishnan—“Being Secular, Knowing Secular”

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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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