Utretcht Humanities Center (Europe)

The Utrecht group is engaged in a quite distinct project on “post-secularism” that aims to call into question Europe’s understanding of itself as the global vanguard of secularization and modernization, asking what this re-evaluation might mean particularly for European feminism and sexual emancipation movements. They will focus closely on themes of secularity, citizenship, modes of belonging and social equality and explore acts of religion as acts of citizenship. Two seminars a year will be organized: the first is an internal seminar with all the concerned Utrecht staff and fellows of the Centre for the Humanities. They will discuss central selected texts and prepare the larger event, which will be scheduled later in the academic year. This second event will be a public symposium with invited speakers and a broader audience. It will investigate in-depth aspects of the main research theme.


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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