Timeline Entries

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

RelSec officially kicks off with a public forum, designed as a conversation between internationally distinguished humanities scholars Janet Jakobsen and Mayfair Yang at the University of Arizona

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

The visiting scholars from the various research teams participated in a seminar in Tucson organized around presentations of the various centers’ research agendas and further conversations about the four selected texts. This format develops a dialogue that grows increasingly comparative as the seminar progresses through the full set of research agendas and readings.

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”

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 (...

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”.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

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”.

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. 

Family reunions refer to those...


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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