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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

International Graduate Seminar on Post-Secular Europe

1 November 2011

Deadline for applications: 31.12.2011

International Graduate Student Seminar

Warsaw

Over the past decade, the concept of post-secularism seemed to solve several of the conundrums an exploration into the present and the future of intercultural interaction has to face today. In contrast to the doom-and-gloom visions of the inevitability of conflict between religiously defined global regions, famously defined by Samuel Huntington as a clash of cultures, post-secularism hopes to reconcile diverging interests in multicultural societies, to allow for a dialogue between diverse religious commitments, and, more importantly, to establish common ground between faith-based communities and societal constituencies which reject any form of religious identity or commitment.

This graduate student seminar intends to investigate this assumption. In its first instalment, it should address more specifically

  • the concept of post-secularism and its philosophical, social and political implications
  • the relationship of Enlightenment philosophy and religious thought in the 18th century
  • the cultural and religious transformations of east European Jewish communities in the 19th century

An opening keynote will be delivered by Professor David Sorkin, Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, author, among others, of The Religious Enlightenment. Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna (Princeton University Press 2008). Professor Sorkin will also attend the seminar itself, and engage in our discussions.

The seminar will inquire whether the tools to investigate earlier examples of multicultural cohabitation can teach us about the potential of post-secularism, and develop a critical assessment about the limits of its applicability. Also, a discussion with multi-faith initiatives in London involved in educational initiatives is planned.

London and Warsaw

The seminar should be held in two instalments, the first in May 2012 in London, the second in September 2012 in Kraków. An equal number of graduate students from London and from Kraków (ca 6-8 from each side) shall meet on both occasions, prepare presentations, discuss research projects, and engage with lecturers invited for the occasion. A detailed programme of the second instalment of the seminar will be available shortly.

The seminar is addresses graduate students (MA and PhD) in the Humanities and in Social and Political Sciences, but students from other disciplines may also apply. The language of the meetings will be English. Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Students from outside London may apply for a contribution to travel and accommodation expenses.

Applications

Applications are now open for the first instalment of the seminar. Please send a cover letter including a proposal for a presentation (within the framework of the above mentioned perspectives), a short CV, and the contact details of one referee, ideally the supervisor of the applicant, by e-mail only, to:

Dr François Guesnet
Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
University College London
f.guesnet@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for applications to this first workshop is 31 December 2011.


This Graduate Student Seminar has been developed in cooperation of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, the Department of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, the Department of Humanities, Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza, Kraków, the Polish Cultural Institute, London, and the UCL European Institute.