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Law On Trial 2017: Religion On Trial - “Demystifying Secularization"

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Friday 16th June – “Demystifying Secularization" (Dr Marinos Diamantides and Dr Anton Schutz)

This session is devoted to a recently published book, co-authored by School of Law members Dr Marinos Diamantides and Dr Anton Schutz: “Political Theology: Demystifying Universalism”. Anton Schutz will speak on the topic: “Religion, Secularization, Christianity”.

Religious communities, creeds, rites, confessions, are not immune against new sociological trends (“spectacularization”, “extended labelling approach”, “new mediators”, etc.) which currently replace an increasing number of matters with forms of representing those matters. The new tendency, sometimes referred to as “populism”, has, as far as religions are concerned, also an effect on the economy of power structures: it tends to substitute mass-media-generated authorities for internal hierarchies. At the same time, a growing reliance on the form of comparison gives rise to new differential evolutions, as an outcome of which the general term “religion” acquires an increasingly different sense according to each religion specifically. This, in turn, transforms the specific endowment of certain religious communities by transforming them, from versions of, or variations about, the generic theme “religion”, into fully fledged forms of social existence (giving rise to identities that increasingly reside in incompatible belonging, rather than mere faith), while certain other communities rely, on the contrary, on their privileged relationship to the becoming secular and modern of modern secular society.

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. It will be: ‘Religion On Trial’. Running from Monday 12th to Friday 16th June 2017, the event brings together academics, recognised internationally as authorities in their field, both from the School of Law's own ranks and from around the world.

Sign up to the week's events via the links below:

Monday, 12th June 2017 - “Why Does Liberalism Find It So Hard To Cope With Religious Identity?”

Tuesday, 13th June 2017- “Babylon System: Prophecy and Political Advocacy in Marley’s Lyric”

Wednesday, 14th June 2017 - "Islamic Law and Gender Justice"

Thursday, 15th June 2017 - “Islamic Finance: the Middle East, Malaysia, and the West”

Friday, 16th June 2017 - “Demystifying Secularization"

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