Secular sensibilities and Minority Religious subjects

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a conference


Religion affects people and society in different ways. So does secularity. In a dominantly
secular context, secular sensibilities shape the ways people at various levels of society see
religion and expressions of religiosity. Arguably, this tends to entail a problematizing of
religious identities. As personal a-religiosity or at least the acceptance of a clear division
between a religious realm (private) and a secular realm (public) becomes the norm, religious
people who ignore or surpass this dichotomy figure in the public imagination as problematic
subjects. These problematic subjects – or communities which do not live up to the dominant
norms – are by definition members of a minority: either a minority within a cultural majority
religion or standing in a minority religious tradition. The problematizing varies to different
extents. This panel therefore aims to explore the configurations of a secular society and the
problematizing of minority religious subjects by zooming in on secular sensibilities, affects,
attitudes, subjects and policies and by exploring their relation to particular religious subjects,
practices, discourses, and conceptions of the self and of others. We warmly invite you to
contribute to this exercise, giving new input on theory formation on secularism(s) and
secularity and/or by offering empirically based case studies from a variety of secular
Periode20 jun 2018
Evenementstitel16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR): Multiple Religious Identities
LocatieBern, Switzerland
Mate van erkenningInternational