Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Religious Counterdiscourses to Modernity

UWC 6000 CEU University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Religious Counterdiscourses to Modernity 

Instructors: 
Aziz Al-Azmeh (Department of History and Center for Religious Studies)
Carsten Wilke (Department of History, Department of Medieval Studies, and Center for Religious Studies)  

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About the course: The current upsurge of "postsecular" approaches to the study of history, society, and politics is of vital interest for Religious Studies, which unexpectedly finds itself in the position of a key discipline for the understanding of our cultural world.The concept of the postsecular appears as (1) the description of a social reality, (2) a historical narrative, (3) an epistemological model, and (4) a political norm. This PhD seminar will discuss critically how the postsecular concept, launched in 2001 by Jürgen Habermas in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, expanded rapidly, how it is marking academic and politicocultural debates, and how it relates to antecedent conception arising both from sociological revisions of modernity and secularization, and older, romantic anti-modernist ideas arising at the time of the French Revolution.

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 1
27 September 2018
Kristina Stoeckl (University of Innsbruck)
Theoretical Models of Post-Secularism

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 2
4 October 2018
Vlad Naumescu (CEU)
Whence the Post-secular? A Critical Look at the Field          

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 3
11 October 2018
Carsten Wilke (CEU)
Anti-Modernist Conversions in the Nineteenth Century

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 4
18 October 2018
László Kontler (CEU)
What's Left of the Counter-Enlightenment?

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 5
25 October 2018
Aziz Al-Azmeh (CEU)
Disenchantment Disenchanted at the Turn of the Millennium

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 6
31 October 2018
Harout Akdedian (CEU)
The Post-Secular Construct in Syria: From Neo-Liberalism to Systemic Collapse

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 7
8 November 2018
Karl Hall (CEU)
Atomick Atheists and Plastick Nature: Disquisitions on Matter, Spirit, and Unbelief in the Scientific Revolution

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 8 |
15 November 2018
David Weberman (CEU)
Recent Work on the Doctrine of Secularism

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 9 
22 November 2018
Murat Akan (Boğaziçi University)
The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

UWC 6000 Post-Secularism and its Precedents: Lecture 10
29 November 2018
Jean-Christophe Peaucelle (Ambassador, Advisor for Religious Affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Central Administration)
French Secularism in the 21st Century