Timeline Entries

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Saba Mahmood presents her work on the book Azazeel (a character from the Hebrew Bible usually taken to mean 'scapegoat', or 'fallen angel/demon') by Youssef Ziedan (published in 2008). The book Azazeel led to a controversy after its publication for its alleged blasphemic content. This lecture continues Mahmood's interest for the way in which criticism, and the perceived secularity of freedom...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The work of Simon Critchley (New School, New York) covers many directions topics and dimensions, from exploring the ethical dimensions of the work of Levinas and Derrida in the beginning of his career, to an interaction with the literary work of Samuel Beckett. Critchley has also been a provocative interlocutor of such philosophers as Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Among his recent exploits is...

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...

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...

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

December 17, 2014March 15, 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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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