A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, Oxford University, 27-30 July

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A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, Oxford University, 27-30 July

Conference themes

The past 20 years have seen the development of the interdisciplinary subfield of ‘secularism studies’ or ‘critical secularism studies.’ Previous theories of secularisation typically presupposed the steady march of human civilisations toward non-religion—in part under the influence of scientific advance. By contrast, these new approaches view secularism and narratives of secularisation as ideological artefacts corresponding to specific times and places and in need of critical framing. Are we then living in what some have called a ‘postsecular’ age? Why have atheism and secularism become so fascinating for scholars—and in popular culture—for the past two decades? Has the secularisation narrative gone away (or changed shape?), putting religion back on the agenda of scholarship, global politics, law-making, and commerce? Are developments in science contributing to these trends? What effect have the New Atheism and new deployments of scientific authority had on secularisation theory? Why do secularisms look different in different times and places? What is the role of globalisation in the emergence and transformation of secularisms?

Plenary speakers

Cassie Adcock (Washington University in St Louis)
Courtney Bender (Columbia University)
Matthew Engelke (London School of Economics)
Alister McGrath (Oxford University)
Ann Pellegrini (New York University)
Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Wesleyan University)
Graham Ward (Oxford University)  

Key dates and times:
(further information to be posted as it becomes available)

Wednesday 27 July 2016

14:00      Registration opens
18:00      Reception
18:30      Dinner
20:00      Introductory presentation: Prof. Graham Ward

Saturday 30 July 2016

16:30      Final plenary presentation
18:00      Reception
19:00      Dinner 

Sunday 31 July 2016

10:00 Departure of those staying overnight


All those wishing to attend the conference are invited to register as soon as possible via:

Oxford University online shop:

The basic registration fee £130 [standard] / £115 [students] includes a simple lunch, tea and coffee for each day.

Online registration also offers the following options to purchase accommodation and meals at St Anne's College:

(1) Book a room at St Anne’s College, Oxford, arriving Wed 27 July, departing Sun 31 July in the morning. This option includes the cost of all the dinners during the conference; or

(2) Purchase individual dinners only, without accommodation.

Call for papers

Short papers are invited on topics relevant to the conference themes, to be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20-minute paper, 10 minutes discussion). Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 300-word abstract that situates the paper against its scholarly backdrop, and institutional affiliation by email to irc.admin@theology.ox.ac.uk with the subject line:

“A Postsecular Age Conference Abstract”

Closing date for abstract submissions: Friday, 15 April 2016

Notification of acceptance: Friday, 6 May 2016

For questions on paper submissions, please contact donovan.schaefer@theology.ox.ac.uk.

Additional Information Date 27-30 July 2016 Time 14:00 Speakers 2016 IRC Conference Speakers Place St Anne's College, Oxford

Источник: Centre for Science and Religion (IRC)

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