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Negotiating Religion 1
Publication date: Nov 24, 2011 04:50 PM
Nov 23, 2011 12:00 AM
End: Nov 23, 2011 12:00 AM
23 November 2011
European Legacies, European Challenges
23 November 2011
Chadwick LT G08
Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation
In 2011-12, a series of four
workshops will discuss the complex processes through which
religious communities create or defend their place in a given
commonwealth, both in history and in our world today.
The focus is on communities' ability to formulate and present their claims, to identify potential spokespeople and their addressees, to secure their institutions and assert their physical and political presence, as well as on the epistemological, political and social conditions facilitating or complicating processes of negotiation. The workshops thus intend to focus on the agency of both sides in processes of negotiation, broadly understood as all societal and political interactions that not only concern a religious community but directly involve it.
The main objective is to stimulate a debate about the complex relationship between religion and society. Throughout their history, European commonwealths have been shaped by religious identity, community, and conflict. Constitutions and legal systems to this very day are deeply affected by religious traditions. Secularization has reduced religious tension within Western societies. However, these find their spiritual and cultural identity challenged by communities marked by stronger religious commitment, notably communities belonging to the world of Islam. Instead of reducing present day conflicts to essentialised notions of religious community, the workshops aim to explore the impact of religious legacies in European history and to contribute to a more precise understanding of the role of the multilayered processes of moderation and negotiation in the shaping of contemporary societies.
For information on the next upcoming workshop, see here.
Workshop 1: European Legacies, European Challenges
23 November 2011
This first workshop addressed the history of
religious conflict and accommodation, and gauges the impact of religious
skepticism and secularization in Europe.
After a keynote on the relationship of public reasoning and religious
commitment, discussing the role of forgiveness in economic relations and
the impact the notion of the journey of the soul has for setting health
care priorities, four papers reflected on historical examples of
religious communities and attitudes negotiating their place in state and
The concluding panel discussion engaged a group of outstanding experts and the public in a discussion on
a more visible and proactive investigation of the relationship between
religion and society at UCL.
|Prof David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)|
Prof Albert Weale FBA (UCL School of Public Policy):
Can There be a Public Reason of the Heart?
|4 pm||European Legacies, European Challenges|
Prof David d'Avray FBA (UCL History):
Religious and Secular Values - A Historical Sociology of the West
Prof Benjamin Kaplan (UCL History):
Negotiating Religious Difference in Borderland Settings
Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies):
Speaking for Religious Minorities: Jews and Protestants in the 18th century
Prof Helen A Hackett (UCL English):
Seventeenth-century English Catholics at home and abroad – the case of the Aston Thimelby circle
Envisioning Religion & Society at a Global University
Prof Albert Weale FBA (UCL School of Public Policy)
|Dr Charis Boutieri (Theology and Religious Studies, King's College)|
|Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies)|
|Chair: Dr Uta Staiger (UCL European Institute|
Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies)