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Law On Trial 2017: Religion On Trial - “Demystifying Secularization"
Fri 16 June 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Friday 16th June – “Demystifying Secularization" (Dr Anton Schütz)
Event details TBC.
This is a free event, however booking is required.
Law On Trial 2017: Religion On Trial
The School of Law’s annual ‘Law On Trial’ event, a week-long programme of free to attend public lectures and panel discussions will this year focus on the theme of ‘Religion On Trial’. Running from Monday 12th to Friday 16th June 2017, the event brings together academic staff from around the world, recognised internationally as authorities in their field.
In light of various scholarly efforts (history, theology, sociology, hermeneutics) we are able to analyse what the experience of past years has allowed us to conclude regarding the dependence of power networks upon communitarian structures based on religion. Doubtlessly, religious evolution needs to be read autonomously. Even so, the new world-wide take-off of religion allows us to grasp:
• Longstanding South-North confrontations, the worldwide defeat of institutionalized socialism and the neoliberal exacerbation of global inequality, have generated an immense suck for plausible programs. Political principle has lost its credibility and is no longer able to channel such promises. How can religion found a new power politics?
• How can standard versions of liberalism be modified, put upside down, replaced, etc., in order to enable religious forms absent from its own genesis to find their place?
• Modernity, historically speaking, is the result of efforts in favour of dividing up that which makes sense inside of religion, from that which makes sense outside of religion. Modernity's religion does not include everything. Yet, on closer look, not all religious traditions sit equally well with such a divide. Friday’s lecture will discuss the relevant aspects of Christianism.
• An important percentage of the world’s population is born into one or the other forms of Islam. This gives rise to encounters with diverse issues, as they used to be flourishing, in non-Islamic cultures, outside of religion. By means of which concepts and operations does Islamic international economy function in international economy today? What is the state of the questions of Feminism and Gender studies in the Islamic world today? Two of our sessions will deal with these questions.
• The world of religions today includes an important number of non-standard religions. The case of the Rastafarians extends as far into the history of music as into that of religiously inspired spirituality. One of our sessions will be devoted to the Rastafarians.