The Temenos lecture 2018 will be held by Justin Beaumont (Honorary Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London) on the topic “Postsecularity or reflexive secularization? Assessing where we stand today”.
Abstract: In this lecture I address the concepts, processes, and antagonisms that are associated with the notion of postsecularity. I present five rubrics on the postsecular derived from critical theory and an argument for “reflexive secularization” to assess where the debate across the social sciences and humanities rests today. “Reflexive secularization” focuses on secularization processes and how these practices unleash complementary as well as antagonistic tendencies, a confrontation of normativities and specific social-empirical challenges. Social-empirical analysis should focus on non-naturalistic relations between individuals occupying structurally equivalent positions in narrative networks that takes plurality of values and norms seriously. From this basis, I turn towards ideas on the decolonization of the secular/ postsecular dyad or “otherness”, with ramifications for reconceiving the urban in an age of megaurbanization. I try to show how these ideas enlighten both an emerging new paradigm for studies of decolonial urban postsecularity, with quite specific implications for new theoretically-informed social-empirical research.
In connection to the Temenos lecture, the Donner Research Prize 2018 will be awarded to Dr. Henni Alava, from the University of Helsinki, for her doctoral thesis ‘There is Confusion.’ The Politics of Silence, Fear and Hope in Catholic and Protestant Northern Uganda (2017).
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The Temenos lecture is organized by the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion and the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University. The lecture on december 12 at 6-8 pm, in auditorium Helikon, Arken, is open to all and free of charge.
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