15 January 2015

Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics

The Centre for the Humanities is proud to announce a new publication: Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics, edited by Prof. Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard (Aalborg University), Tobijn de Graauw and Dr Eva Midden. This volume is a collective effort, documenting the activities and research of first cycle of the Postsecular Programme of the Centre for the Humanities.

Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics takes issue with the secular condition and accepted beliefs of its liberal emancipatory foundations. The authors contribute a counter-discourse to the myth of secularism. This myth is a strongly-held belief, predominantly advocated in the westernised world, that progress and modernity is intimately linked to secular politics and social relations. This book develops a range of critiques of this myth through discussions on the current political, social, and technological conditions in which we find ourselves. It explores the political implications of the myth, as well as exploring postcolonial relations, liberal-secularism and religious sentiments, and the mediated public sphere, with an in-depth focus on the Dutch case.

Postsecular Programme

This edited volume is a collective effort as it documents the activities and research of first cycle of the Postsecular Programme of the Centre for the Humanities. The programme started over 6 years ago with a lecture series on the theme of the postsecular. A host of distinguished international scholars have been invited as guest-speakers in events for both scholars and students as well as for a broader audience, among which: Tariq Modood, Saba Mahmood, Judith Butler, Charles Taylor, Claire Colebrook, Simon Critchley and Statis Gourgouris.

Religion, Secularism and Political Belonging

Since almost 2 years now the CfH is participating in the international project “Religion, Secularism and Political Belonging” (RELSEC), funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and carried out by 5 centres. This project is connected to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). It explores the problematic nature of the notions of 'religion' and 'secularism' and their relation to political belonging.

Title: Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics
Author(s): Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard, Eva Midden, Tobijn de Graauw (eds.)
ISBN: 9781137401137
Price: £65.00
Publisher: 2015, Palgrave MacMillan