50 jaar debat & verbinding: De Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen en haar leden 1971-2021

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In 2021 deMens.nu, the umbrella organization of Dutch language secular organisations in Belgium, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. CAVA (Centre for Academic and Secular Archives of the VUB) undertook the research for a book on this half-century of organised secularism. The research focused on the relationship between the ‘Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen’, as deMens.nu was initially called, and its member associations. UVV/deMens.nu's own archive, preserved by CAVA, was the first source for the research. In parallel with the archive research, the authors undertook an interview series, to further supplement the written and printed sources with the insights and perceptions of people who are themselves part of UVV history. A year and a half after the start of the research, the book ’50 jaar debat & verbinding’ (‘50 years of debate & connection’) was published (December 2022). Apart from being a historical study, the book is also a tribute to all who have dedicated themselves to the debate on the secularist life stance over the past 50 years. We hope it will reinvigorate interest of the secularist community in Flanders and Brussels in its own history. There is still a lot of non-confessional history to collect, record, preserve and write, involving paper, oral and, increasingly, digital sources. CAVA is happy to continue its commitment to this, together with the secularist community.
Original languageDutch
Number of pages250
ISBN (Print)9789461172792
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • secularism
  • organisations

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