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Here you will find an overview of all our upcoming and past events, congresses and recent announcements.

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Workshop: Transnational Religious Spaces

The SFB 1199 and the Centre for the Study of Religion will host a workshop on "Transnational Religious Spaces: Religious Organizations and their Interaction in Africa, East Asia and Beyond." The workshop consists of two parts, in order to combine regional expertise on African and East Asian religious organizations on the one hand, with transregional and theoretical approaches on the other hand.


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12 - 14 December 2018
Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Our Senior Research Fellow Madlen Krüger (University of Münster) will present the preliminary results of her research project. The presentation will be entitled „The fluid concept of Sasana as a conceptual framework to differentiate between religion and other spheres.“

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de


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16 January 2019
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium with Heiner Roetz (Bochum University)

23 January 2019
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 4.55

Colloquium

Sjak Smulders (Tilburg University) on "Economics behind the Reformation"

Sjak Smulders' main research focus are the conditions for and impact of (sustainable) economic growth. In his lecture he will give a re-interpretation of Max Weber's Protestant-Ethics-thesis and discuss, if people might have opted for Protestantism in order to participate in greater economic freedom.
Currently, Sjak Smulders holds the Leibniz-Professorship at Leipzig University.

Reading: Curuk, Malik; Smulders, Sjak (2016). Malthus Meets Luther: The Economics Behind the German Reformation, CESifo Working Paper, No. 6010, Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo), Munich. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145045

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

30 January 2019
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Workshop: Interrogating Secularity in India and Beyond

Our Senior Research Fellow Anindita Chakrabarti will organise a Workshop on "Religion, Civil Society and Personal (Family) Law Reform in Post-Colonial Nation-States: Interrogating Secularity in India and Beyond". The workshop aims to unpack some of the recent as well as historical dynamics of judicial reform of personal law in India in order to think through how the principle of secularity has been intertwined with the questions of authority, authenticity and governance. We are looking for empirically grounded work that can contribute to a better understanding of the conceptual issues vis-à-vis the shifting contours of the guiding principles of secularity in post-colonial democracies. We also seek papers from other national contexts where similar issues of religious freedom, gender and personal law reforms have undergirded the debate on secularity in contemporary times.


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25 June 2019
Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Our Senior Research Fellow Ursula Rao (Leipzig University) will present the preliminary findings of her research project on Religious territory and secular terrain in urban India.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de


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5 December 2018
2:00 -4:30 p.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Roberto Blancarte (El Colegio de Mexico) will give a talk on "Latin-American secularity (and laicity) and the lessons we can learn from it."

Professor Blancarte will explore Latin American past and present in order to expose some of the lessons we can learn from the global process of secularization, but also in particular from secularization of the State (laicity). The use of these two concepts will help also to explain the paradox of a permanent presence of religions in the political sphere in an increasingly secularized world.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

7 November 2018
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Our Senior Research Fellow Bjørn Ola Tafjord (University of Tromsø) will give a presenation on "Indigenous Religion as a Method".

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

24 October 2018
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Colloquium in cooperation with the "Law and Culture", which is a cooperation between the Faculty of Law and the Institute for the Study of Culture at Leipzig University on the one hand and the University of Malang and Jakarta in Indonesia on the other hand.

The KFG contribute to this cooperation with a presentation by its Senior Research Fellow Edith Franke (Marburg University) on "Negotiating the boundaries between religion and non-religion in Muslim-dominated Indonesia".

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The process of negotiating the boundaries between religions and between religion and non-religion in Muslim-dominated Indonesia is shaped by the diversity of religious practices and denominations (from belonging to an Islamic or Christian community to Hindu-Buddhist orientations and even local mystical traditions) being historically taken for granted – an explicitly non-religious orientation is almost inconceivable. At the same time there are ongoing controversial discourses on the criteria under which a religion can officially be recognized as agama since the founding of the Republic of Indonesia in 1945. Beside the acknowledgement of Islam, Christianity and a short time later also Hinduism and Buddhism in terms of constitutional law, the acceptance of Confucianism took place only in 2006 while the efforts to achieve the acceptance of local mystical traditions like kebatinan or kejawen as agama have not been successful to date. A person without a religious commitment is usually seen as orang belum agama, a person with a preliminary status of literally being “not yet religious”. So what is religion in Indonesia and is there a space for non-religion? I will pay attention to critical issues in public discourses on religion, non-religion, and secularity referring to traditional distinctions of agama and kepercayaan. The analysis will reveal discrepancies between normative categorizations and individual negotiation processes as well as the impact of global discussions on Islamic purification on the one hand and the position of local traditions and secularization of Islam on the other hand. I will try to offer insights into crucial points of contemporary, sometimes heated discussions on religious diversity, religious freedom, the position of local or new religious tradition and last but not least on secularism.

17 October 2018
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Burgstraße 21, room 4.33

Colloquium

Kyuhoon Cho (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) on "Secularity and the Formation of Religion in North and South Korea"

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

10 October 2018
09:15-11:45

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Keynote: Early Modern Jesuit Intercultural Encounters and the Globalization of Secularities

José Casanova’s public lecture will be the opening keynote of the conference "Secularities – Patterns of Distinctions, Paths of Differentiation" (04-06 October) of the KFG „Multiple Secularities“.


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04 October 2018
06:30 p.m.

Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig

Conference: Secularities - Patterns of Distinction, Paths of Differentiation

Wherever religion is on the agenda, its boundaries are present as well. Relations as well as separations are at stake, negotiations as well as conflicts arise: people start defining boundaries, making claims and sanctioning the reasonable and unreasonable, the legitimate and illegitimate. We assume that differences in the vehemence and structure of such boundary demarcations can only be explained if the regionally diverging historical experiences are taken into consideration.
Thus, the conference aims to discuss the variety of symbolic and institutional measures that distinguish between the religious and the non-religious (and at the same time relate the two to each other) in modern societies, and find explanations for the multiplicity of “secularities”.

Keynote: José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington,D.C.)


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4 - 6 October
Leipzig University, Paulinum and Felix-Klein-Hörsaal

Colloquium

Our Associate Member Lena Dreier will present her current research project on "Students’ Belief within Islamic Theology. Relationships and Distinctions between Religiosity and Theology in a New Academic Discipline in Germany."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

12 September 2018
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Lecture: Monopolizing Islam: The Diyanet, Secularism and the State in Turkey

Berna Zengin Arslan from Özyeğin University Istanbul will visit the KFG "Multiple Secularities" to give a public guest lecture on "Monopolizing Islam: The Diyanet, Secularism and the State in Turkey".

Rather than being an exceptional institution of the laik system, the Diyanet has been a vital component of the secular state in Turkey, a centralized and powerful institution that to a great extent manages and governs the religious field. The talk will focus on the transformation of the role of the Diyanet, which has expanded from providing religious services and framing ‘a moral perspective for the Turkish society’ to participating in the process of Islamizing everyday life. By 'moving out of the mosque' during the last decade, the Diyanet started engaging in characteristically ‘non-religious activities,’ such as the care services for women, families and elderly, in a way to integrate those fields into the ‘religious’. Furthermore, focusing on the latest cases, such as the closure of Furkan Vakfi and the arrest of Adnan Oktar, the talk will discuss how the governing mentality of the secular state still works under the JDP administration, in homogenizing the field of religion and managing Islamic groups in Turkey. The talk will end with a discussion of whether a new 'hegemonic Islam,' which differs from the moderate Islam of the Kemalist regime, has been produced and established as the state's Islam in Turkey.


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3 September 2018
7 p.m.

Research Academy, Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstr. 30

Workshop: Formations of Secularity in pre-modern Asian Societies

8th conference of the Working Group History of Religions in Asia (AKAR) within the German Association for the Study of Religions (DVRW) / Workshop of the HCAS “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”

The conference continues the discussion on questions of concepts of religion, semantic or functional equivalents to the ‚modern Western’ notion of religion in Asian societies raised on the 6th AKAR’s conference in 2010 at Leipzig University. This year’s conference follows up with discussions on processes of inner societal differentiations and distinctions, that may allow to qualify certain fields of social action, emic norm systems, knowledge systems, and taxonomies as well as Institutions as ‘religious’ in a meta linguistic sense.


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20 - 25 August 2018
Bern University

Workshop: Secularities in Japan

It is evident that secularity in Japan is not the same as secularity in the United States, France, or Germany. Based on our assumption that there is not just one form of secularity but a multiplicity of secularities, depending on historical path dependencies, specific epistemes and dispositives, social structures, emic taxonomies, and knowledge regimes, we aim at a reconstruction of the trajectories that prestructured the appropriation of hegemonic Western concepts of secularity in the 19th and 20th centuries. We also want to ask whether, and if so, how these peculiar historical preconditions still have an impact on Japanese discourses on the boundaries between religion and the secular sphere (e.g. recent debates on the status of the Yasukuni shrine and attempts to alter articles 20 and 89 of the constitution).


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18 - 20 July 2018
Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Colloquium

Our Senior Research Fellow Florian Zemmin (University of Bern) will present the preliminary results of his research project "Sociology in the Arabic World – towards a Genealogy of Secularity in Islam."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de


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11 July 2018
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 4.55

Colloquium with Detlef Pollack (University of Münster)

Detlef Pollack will give a presentation on "Various types of social differentiation: What is peculiar to Latin Christianity in comparison to other religious cultures?"

Detlef Pollack is Professor for Sociology of Religion and spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster. His main areas of interest are processes of secularisation, religion and modernity, religious change in Western and Eastern Europe and in the U.S. and political culture in Eastern and East-central Europe.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

4 July
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Lecture "The Armenian Massacres of 1909: Prelude to Genocide?"

The KFG's Senior Reseacher Nader Sohrabi​​ will present his current research on the Armenian Massacres of 1909 on 3 July, 6:15 p.m. at Leipzig University's Research Academy​ (Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstraße 30).


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3 July 2018
6:15 p.m.

Leipzig University, Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstraße 30

Colloquium

Our Senior Research Fellow Christian Mauder (Göttingen University) will give a presentation on his current research project within the KFG "A Sign of God or a Matter of Physics? Cosmology and Cosmography between Revealed Knowledge and Secular Philosophy in Medieval Sunni Islam."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

20 June 208
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 5.55

Conference: Critique of Modernity

Ideas travel in time and space. The conference seeks to explore the transnational circulation of counter-enlightenment discourses, moods and motifs as well as those of their intellectual opponents. We will discuss the global phenomenon of anti-modern critique in its specific regional contexts in the Islamicate world, but also its wider entanglements. The cases of Ahmad Fardid and Henry Corbin are revealing examples of such transnational traveling of ideas and traditions.

Critique of “Western” modernity is present outside and inside the West. We aim at discussing the similarities and differences between various types of such critique, including critical theory approaches and post-modern forms of critique.


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14 - 15 June 2018
Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Public Lecture on "Buchkultur als Mittel der Herrschaftslegitimation"

Our new Senior Research Fellow Christian Mauder will give a guest lecture on "Buchkultur als Mittel der Herrschaftslegitimation: Höfische Manuskriptkulturen unter dem vorletzten Mamelukensultan Qāniṣawh al-Ġaurī (r. 1501-1516)" at the Leipzig Institute of Oriental Studies. The Lecture will be held in German.

Abstract: Warum interessiert sich ein alter ägyptischer Kriegersultan plötzlich für persische Buchillustrationen? Wieso richtet er an seinem Hof eine Werkstatt für Buchmaler ein, und
woher nimmt er die dafür notwendigen Künstler und Handwerker? Und warum lässt er in einer arabischsprachigen Umgebung persische Werke ins Türkische übersetzen? Christian Mauders Vortrag widmet sich diesen und weiteren Fragen, die sich aus der Blüte der Buchkultur Kairos unter dem vorletzten Mamlukensultan Qāniṣawh al-Ġaurī (r. 1501-1516) ergeben, und beantwortet sie vor dem Hintergrund der politischen Situation des Mamlukenreichs am Anbruch des 16. Jahrhunderts.

13 June 2018
6:15 p.m.

Leipzig Institute of Oriental Studies, Schillerstraße 6, room S 202

Colloquium with Elizabeth Kassab (Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)

Our guest Elizabeth Kassab will give a colloquium lecture on "When religion didn’t matter. Fin de siècle debates in Cairo and Damascus on the eve of the 2011 revolutions."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

13 June 2018
9:15 -11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, room 4.55

Public Lecture

The KFG co-organises a public talk together with Kornelia Sammet's project Worldviews of Unemployed People. Zafer Yilmaz will present a lecture on "The Authoritarian-Islamic Populism, Islamisation, and Politics of Welfare in Turkey".


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31 May 2018
08:15 p.m.

Café Alibi (Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstr. 6)

Public Lecture

Armin Nassehi (LMU München): Zwischen Engagement und Distanzierung. Die Soziologie als öffentliche Sprecherposition

Die Soziologie galt in den 1970er Jahren als Leitwissenschaft. Es ist ihr damals gelungen, sogar die öffentliche Sprache zu „versozialwissenschaftlichen“. Das wissenschaftliche Sprechen freilich unterscheidet sich vom medialen, politischen und beratenden Sprechen. In dieser Spannung entdeckt die Soziologie die Unterscheidung von Engagement für Themen und Anliegen auf der einen, und wissenschaftlicher Distanzierung auf der anderen Seite. Der Vortrag wird der Frage nachgehen, wie die Soziologie die Differenz dieser beiden Seiten zu managen versucht und wie sich die Position der Soziologie als öffentlicher Sprecherin seit den 1970er Jahren verändert hat.

Der Vortrag ist öffentlich.


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26 April 2018
20:00

Café Alibi, Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6

Colloquium

Ursula Rao on "Hindu temples between visual spectacle and haptic architecture“

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

18 April 2018
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Colloquium

Monika Wohlrab-Sahr on "Counter-narratives to Disenchantment and Secularization: Implicit Totality behind Critiques of Differentiation"

Whereas concepts of secularization and disenchantment have been central elements of modernization theories for decades, in the meantime they seem to be widely discredited, especially when they are used to make sense of non-European developments. Diagnoses of secularization have been demystified as “myths” of modernity, and concepts as well as institutions of secularism have been discredited as – often violent – Western impositions to the non-Western world. Not only their political imposition, it is argued in these counter-narratives, but also the narratives of secularization and the conceptual divide between the secular and the religious as such, are alien to the worlds to which they have been imposed.

The paper takes a closer look at central strands of this critique, especially with regard to the Islamicate world and to India. The thesis is that parts of this critique implicitly or explicitly employ concepts of wholeness and totality that are juxtaposed to the divisive nature of secularization and secularism. This resonates with early – e.g. Romantic – critiques of secularization in the European history. It leads, it is argued, against the very intentions of the critics, to an “othering” of the non-European world. And it leaves the question for the existence of distinctions and differentiations between the religious and the non-religious in this part of the world chronically unanswered.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

11 April 2018
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Colloquium

Hubert Seiwert on "Ancestor Worship and State Rituals in Contemporary China. Fading Boundaries between Religious and Secular"

The paper argues that the distinction between religious and secular realms of society is not as clear-cut in modern societies as it appears in theories of functional and institutional differentiation. The data used are mainly from China with a short excursion to the United States. The starting point is ancestor worship, which is a central element of traditional Chinese religion. The significance of ancestor worship in Chinese history and culture is briefly explained to illustrate on the one hand its central importance as a ritual practice and on the other hand the ambiguities of interpretation. On this basis, some theoretical considerations about the existence of ancestors are presented. This is followed by a report on contemporary temple festivals focusing on the worship of Fuxi, a mythic figure considered to be the first ancestor of the Chinese people. The next step is the description of official state rituals devoted to the worship of the very same mythological hero in contemporary China. Against this backdrop, the last part of the paper discusses the theoretical questions of classification and distinguishing between the religious and the secular.

Seiwert, Hubert (2016): Ancestor Worship and State Rituals in Contemporary China. Fading Boundaries between Religious and Secular. In: Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 24 (2), S. 127–152.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

28 March 2018
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Wolfgang Höpken on " 'Negotiating secularity' – discourses on secularism among Bosnian Muslims 1878–2015"

Reading: KARIĆ, ENES. "Islamic Thought in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 20th Century: Debates on Revival and Reform." Islamic Studies 41, no. 3 (2002): 391-444. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20837210.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

21 March 2018
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Workshop: Religion and medicine in pre-modern Asian and Islamicate cultures. Distinctions and differentiations in emic discourse and practices from 600 BC to 1600 AD

The workshop will bring together scholars of the history of healing practices and medicine in non-western societies to explore how emic boundaries between religion and medicine were established in different historical non-western contexts. The workshop seeks to explore historical case studies from different regions of Asia and the Islamicate world to compare if and how religious and medical knowledge systems and practices are defined, distinguished and demarcated in emic discourses and practices.

By focusing on emic taxonomies and classifications of concrete case studies, we will probe if and to what extent premodern societies set apart and combined religious and non-religious knowledge systems and practices that are hard to grasp with our etic and modern dichotomical taxonomy of medicine and religion and thus in further consequence spawn terminological conjunctions such as magico-religious medicine, spiritual healing or an immanent-transcendent body frame. These etic labels blur the distinctive practices and discourses in a concrete historical setting and gloss over emic boundary drawings and demarcations that may not primarily be focused on a separation of medicine and religion, but on other social, economic or political realities and challenges.


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14 - 16 March 2018
Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Conference: Soziologie wiederkehrender Religionen. Originalität und Relevanz der Religionssoziologie von Wolfgang Eßbach

The conference in cooperation with the Sections Sociology of Religion and Sociology of Culture within the German Sociological Association (GSA) deals with Wolfgang Eßbach's Book "Religionssoziologie 1. Glaubenskrieg und Revolution als Wiege neuer Religionen", published in 2014.

Starting from recent (religious) developments Eßbach focuses in this first of two planned volumes the European history of religion, analysing the conditions for religious revival, for the stabilisation of religions and for increasing religious indifference. Furthermore, he seeks to explore the changes of religious belief within religious dynamics.


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13 - 14 March 2018
Leipzig University, Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6

Colloquium

Florian Zemmin (Bern University) on "Sociology in the Arabic World – towards a Genealogy of Secularity in Islam"

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

28 February 2018
9:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Leipzig University, Strohsack, Room 5.55

Colloquium

Neguin Yavari (CEU Budapest) on "The Architecture of Institutionalization in Medieval Iran"

Neguin Yavari will present her research project at the KFG on the changing configurations of religion and politics from 1200-1500 in the Islamic east. It stems from her previous work on political thought, and especially on the song and dance between religion and politics in the medieval Islamic world, and its handmaiden the valences of religious terminology in political language.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

7 February 2018
4:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Ingolf Dalferth (Claremont Graduate University) on "Orientation by Distinctions. Christian faith and the secular world."

The theologian and philosopher of religion Ingolf Dalferth is the current holder of the Leibniz professorship at Leipzig University. In the colloquium we will discuss the translation of the first chapter of his book "Transzendenz und säkulare Welt. Lebensorientierung an letzter Gegenwart".

Reading: Dalferth, Ingolf U (2015). "Orientieren durch Unterscheiden. Christlicher Glaube und säkulare Transzendenz und säkulare Welt. ["Orientation by Distinctions. Christian faith and the secular world."]" In: Ingolf U. Dalferth: Lebensorientierung an letzter Gegenwart. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1-55.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

31 January 2018
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Daniel Kinitz (Leipzig University) on "The Pan-Islamic journal al-Manār (1898–1940) and the question of secularity. A distant and close reading approach"

The journal al-Manār represented one of the most important periodicals within the Islamicate world in the first half of the 20th century. Edited by Muḥammad Rašīd Riḍā (1865–1935), the journal covered the shifts and upheavals within Muslim societies, at the same time publicly constructing the social meaning of the new phenomena.

The presentation will (1) show how some digital humanities methods can be used to approach al-Manār as a text corpus, (2) discuss findings within a statistically significant section of the corpus and (3) give an outlook on how Arabic and Islamic studies as well as research on secularity can make use digital humanity methods in general.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

24 January 2018
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Johannes Quack (Zurich University) on "Classifications of Human Kinds: A Contribution to Debates on Distinctions, Differentiations, and Everyday Life (on the basis of “Dalit”)

In his presentation Johannes Quack will give a
1) A brief discussion of the question of how to conceptualize the impact of colonialism on distinctions, differentiations, and practices related to notions like Hindu, Caste & Dalit;
2) A summary of Ian Hacking’s conceptualizations of looping processes of “human kinds”;
and, based on these two points,
3) A case study how the labels Hindu and Dalit (and Bhangi, a subgroup of Dalits) are appropriated in everyday life.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

17 January 2018
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Mascha Schulz (Zürich University): "'That was a good move’ – Some remarks on the (ir)relevance of political narratives in everyday interactions in Bangladesh."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

20 December 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Philip Clart on "Religious Museums in Taiwan"

Reading: reincarnations of the museum. the museum in an age of religious revivalism (chapter 9, pp. 203-217 in: Mathur, Saloni; Singh, Kavita: No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia. London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015).

13 December 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Workshop and Public Keynote: Nationalism and Religion

This workshop is open to all who explore the relation between nationalism and religion in the modern world from the nineteenth century to the present. The workshop aims to transcend the opposition between religion and nationalism and explore their interaction contextually. What are the changing forms of reli-gion and nationalism through time, and under what local or global circum-stances do they become conflicting or mutually reinforcing rubrics for action and identity?

Convenor: Nader Sohrabi

The workshop will be opened by a keynote on "Reluctant Nationalists, Imperial Nation State and Neo-Ottomanism: Turks, Albanians and the Antinomies of the End of Empire" by Nader Sohrabi (14 December, 5 p.m.). Paper presentations will start at 10 a.m. on 15 December.


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14- 15 December 2017
Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Mohammad Magout: The Role of the Press in the Evolution of Arab Discourses on Secularity. The Case of al-Jinān (1870-1886)

Mohammad Magout will present his new research project about the role of the Arabic press in Beirut, from its inception in 1850’s until the mid-1880’s, in the development of Arab notions of secularity. The focus will be on al-Jinān; a bi-weekly periodical concerned with politics, society, and education that was published between 1870 and 1886 by Butrus al-Bustani—a pioneer of al-Nahda (“Arab Renaissance”) in the 19th C—and his son Salim. However, other periodical from the same period will be considered, such as al-Bashīr (issued by the Jesuits) and Thamarāt al-Funūn (first Islamic periodical in the Arab world), in order to provide a broad picture of the social and cultural context for the formation of modern Arab discourses on secularity.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

29 November 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Lecture: Islam in the “Age of Confessionalization”

Tijana Krstic (CEU) will talk about " Islam in the “Age of Confessionalization”: Reimagining Community, Piety, Morality and Governance in the Ottoman Empire, 1540s-1720s."

The talk aims to investigate the impact of confessional polarization among Muslims living in the early modern Ottoman Empire (and beyond) on the emergence of new conceptual distinctions in the discourses of piety, morality and governance articulated by Ottoman Muslims between the sixtenth and early eighteenth centuries. At the outset, the talk will discuss the phenomenon of fashioning a Sunni orthodoxy and the accompanying processes of confession (or mezhep) building in the Ottoman Empire, starting in the early sixteenth century. It will then proceed to consider the impact of the discourses of confessional differentiation on the notions and practice of piety, as well as on the relationship among piety, morality, community, and political power. Special attention will be devoted to the evolving notions of the state’s role in regulating piety in light of the ongoing research of a team of scholars working on the OTTOCONFESSION project.


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28 November 2017
7 p.m.

Schillerstraße 6, Room S102

Colloquium

Katja Triplett: Buddhism and Medicine in Japan. A Topical Survey (500-1600 CE) of a Complex Relationship

The book surveys textual sources that pertain to ‘medicine’ as a set of ideas produced and maintained as a social and cultural system of knowledge in early and medieval Japanese Buddhism. Terminological problems faced in working on this material such as ‘religious’ or ‘magical healing’ as opposed to ‘secular, scientific and evidence-based medicine’, are assessed. The sources explored in this book treat both ritual and medical knowledge in a combined way: Japanese medical works that are usually thought to be secular such as the court physician’s Ishinpō (948) actually quote numerous Buddhist sources. Buddhist monastics and powerful lay patrons actively engaged in medico-religious knowledge as shown in the case of the materia medica compiled by the Shingon monk Ken’i in the twelfth century. In addition to aristocratic members of the elite, semi-ordained “miracle working” healers seem to have had a significant impact on the production of knowledge, as well. The approach is topical and comprises chapters on treating sight-related diseases, women’s health, plant-based materica medica and medicinal gardens and finally horse medicine to include veterinary knowledge beside ideas and practices of human medicine, botany and pharmacognosy. The book concludes with a reconsideration of basic categories deriving from the “Western” intellectual tradition and suggests focusing more on the syncretistic and plural nature of the Japanese healing system as encountered in the primary sources.

15 November 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Lecture hall 16, Universitätsstraße

Colloquium

Johannes Quack (Zurich University): Indispensible and inadequate categories: Some basic anthropological considerations on conceptual sieves

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

25 October 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Joint Colloquium

Joint Colloquium with the DAAD-Project "Law and Culture".

Presentation: Aan Eko Widiarto (Universitas Brawijaya, Malang) on "The blasphemy charges against Ahok"

Indonesia is founded on a tradition of pluralism, encapsulated in the state ideology known as the Pancasila, which protects equal rights for all recognized religions. Ahok, the governor of Jakarta, was found by the court to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that he is sentenced by two years of imprisonment. Ahok’s case makes it clear now that Indonesia’s pluralism is in peril.

18 October 2017
09 -12 a.m.

Hörsaalgebäude, HS 16

Colloquium

Michael Stanley-Baker on "Medicine and Religion in Early Imperial China"

11 October 2017
Strohsack, room 5.55

Workshop: Emergent Spheres of the Secular in Colonial Asia

An international, comparative and trans-disciplinary workshop organised within the framework of the research programme of the KFG “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Be-yond Modernities”. The workshop seeks to further develop the theoretical and methodological framework of the KFG, and to provide historical analyses that are likely to suggest a variety of indications for possible path dependencies, to be further investigated by researchers concentrating on more recent periods.


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26 - 28 September 2017
Strohsack, room 5.55

Summer retreat

20 - 22 September 2017
Wilhelm Ostwald Park, Großbothen

Colloquium

Pierce Salguero (Penn State University): Healing and/or Salvation? The Relationship Between Secular Medicine and Religious Practice in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

An investigation of how Buddhist writings discursively constructed and defended the boundaries between secular medicine and religious practice. The analysis focuses squarely on the emic language, categories, and logics of the Buddhist texts themselves, as they were translated in China between the third and ninth centuries.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

23 August 2017
9 -11 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Ali Safa'at (University of Brawijaya): Indonesian secularity. An Analysis of State and Islam Relation on Legal Development

"Indonesia is neither a secular state nor a religious state." This sentence is often used to describe the relationship between state and religion in Indonesia based on Pancasila, especially since the New Order era. In Indonesia there has been a real process of secularisation. Starting from the formation of the state with organs that different and separate from religious institutions to the political realities that desacralised. On the other hand, the first principle of Pancasila as state ideology is “Believe in One and only God” as well as Article 29 of the 1945 Constitution expressly states that "the State is based on Belief in One and Only God". This constitutional framework has legal implication and some of the religious law (substance of the Sharia) become state law.
The goal of this study is to explore the historical background and the process of nation state formation as a path of secularisation, to explain the different forms of secularity, nmaley the institutionalisation and type of Indonesian secularity. The phenomenon that will be seen as a result of the dynamic interaction is law as norm made by the state, the institutions and judicial decisions (constitutional court decision), as well as the political state institutions associated with religious authorities. This study uses three theoretical frameworks. First is the relation of religion and state, secondly, religion and state in Islamic perspective, and third, theory of multiple secularities. The religious and state relations framework is used to map the debates among founding fathers concerning the idea of the state and religion relation. Religion and the State in Islamic perspective is used as a framework to map and analyse the idea of the Islamic groups in Indonesia. Multiple secularities theory is used as a framework to analyse the objectives and ways of secularisation as well as identifying the problems to be solved by.

Muktiono (University of Brawijaya): “Decoding Indonesia’s Secularity through the Dynamic Development of Blasphemy Law”

The blasphemy law of Indonesia as legal text has imprinted the interactive patterns of how the multiple actors in such a multicultural country are negotiating, contesting and balancing their religious interests in public sphere under the common state ideology of Pancasila, which put the principle of Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa (the God as the Only One) at the very first place. The shifts of Indonesian political and legal regimes in fact always agree to uphold the existence of blasphemy law although every of them provides diverse responses to the implementation and application of the law due to the dynamics of social, cultural, political, and legal contexts. Therefore, the features and future of Indonesia’s secularity as the concept of managing national diversity and integrity to some extent will be decoded and explained from the development of blasphemy law in wider perspective based on the thesis that the law is part of power instrument and social system.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

9 August 2017
9 -11 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Dagmar Schwerk (Hamburg University): "Bhutan in Transition: Metamorphosis and Institutionalisation of Buddhist Concepts"

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2 August 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Nadine Sieveking (Göttingen University): "Negotiating the boundaries of a secular art world within local Muslim contexts: Perspectives from contemporary choreographers in Senegal"

26 July 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

R. Santosh (IIT Madras, Chennai): Engaging with the secular: Some reflections on the contemporary Muslim scenario in Kerala, South India

The contemporary identity articulations of Muslims in India have been deeply shaped by factors such as the specificity of Indian secular constitution that guarantees the minorities with the right to religion and personal laws, the multi-religious context of Indian society and incessant Islamic reformist attempts leading to contestations over theological and organizational issues. All these factors directly or indirectly compelled the community to engage with various dimensions of modernity including the ideals of progress and secularism while engendering a steady process of secularization where Muslim organizations increasingly began to use secular-liberal discourses to articulate their demands and identity. This has become prominent in the context of the rise of Hindu right wing and more recently in the background of the event in which a group of Muslims from Kerala fled to Afghanistan and joined ISIS. In this paper, I draw examples from the Muslims of Kerala to explore several episodes of their engagement with the discourses and practices of secularism in avenues such as civil society activism, communal harmony initiatives, denouncement of religious extremism and in the construction and authentication of a ‘true Islam’ for its members.

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19 July 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Iva Lucic: "Religion, Nation-building and Secularity: the Bosnian Muslims in Socialist Yugoslavia"

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5 July 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Silke Gülker: "Transcendence in Scientific Work. Investigating Stem Cell Research in Germany and the United States"

The project investigates the role of transcendence constructions in scientific work. Transcendence construction means, in principle, the construction of boundaries between what is assumed as available and not available. Based on the distinction suggested by Schütz and Luckmann between small, intermediate, and great transcendences, the project develops a research perspective that emphasizes the continuity between dealing with innerworldly and dealing with otherworldly unavailabilities.
The empirical analysis is based on two ethnographic case studies in international stem cell research laboratories, one located in the United States and one in Germany. Combining biographical interviews and work observation, it is analyzed in how far concrete entities, such as cells and animals, or the world as a whole are constructed as (un-)available—and in how far these constructions differ between different contexts. Transcendence constructions always have to do with ethical considerations on the one hand and content-related considerations on the other hand: It is about what can (not) be changed and what should (not) be changed. The empirical analysis illustrates how both questions are closely intertwined.
Theoretically, the project argues for disentangling the meaning of transcendence constructions from the meaning of religion. While there is a strong relation between the two, the analysis of transcendence constructions as such is important to understand the ideological foundations of societies, also without deciding whether a particular construction is to be named religious or not.


If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend the colloquium, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

28 June 2017
09 - 11 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Workshop on "Muslim Secularities: Explorations into Concepts of Distinction and Practices of Differentiation"

The Workshop will take place on 18–20 June 2017 at Leipzig University, Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies (Kolleg-Forschergruppe, KFG) „Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities" in preparation for a special issue of Historical Social Research ed. by Markus Dressler, Armando Salvatore, and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (workshop organisers).


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18 - 20 June 2017

Public Keynote: Neguin Yavari on "Politics Made in the Medieval Islamic World"

Neguin Yavari's public lecture is part of our Workshop on "Muslim Secularities".


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19 June 2017
06:30 p.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55 (Nikolaistr. 8-10)

Public Keynote: Bryan Turner on "One or Many Modernities? Towards a Macro Sociology of Secularization"

Bryan Turner`s public lecture will inaugurate our Workshop on "Muslim Secularities".


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18 June 2017
6 p.m.

Bibliotheca Albertina, Vortragssaal

Colloquium

Alexander van der Haven: "Secular as Religion: Making Religion in Darwin's Century"

In 1894, judge Daniel Paul Schreber, who owing to Freud would become one of history’s best-­known psychiatric cases, was forced to admit that despite having come under the influence of popular-scientific Darwinian literature, there was such a thing as God. The reason was simple: continuous revelations of an undeniable existence of a superhuman realm. Although Schreber claimed never to have been a ‘despiser of religion’ altogether, he presented these events as having become a religious believer, as having exchanged his alliance to secular, scientific, knowledge for a commitment to religious, revealed, knowledge. Yet, a thorough reading of Schreber’s famous memoirs, which outline a new religious worldview based on these experiences, shows that this dichotomy of ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ knowledge veils a far more complex relationship, not only in Schreber’s thought but also representative of his intellectual milieu. This relationship is one not only between traditional religious epistemologies and modern scientific epistemology, but also between what is traditionally seen as the two distinct superhuman and ‘this‐worldly’ realms. Schreber’s true conversion was not from secular to religious knowledge, but accepting that religious and secular knowledge as well as the superhuman and worldly realm cannot be separated.

14 June 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

BURGSTRAßE 21, Room 4.33

Colloquium

Julia Heilen: "Law and Religion in Morocco: The Example of Moroccan Criminal Law".

In the broader context of the dissertation project on “Women in Moroccan Criminal Law – An Analysis of Penal Decisions of the Cour de Cassation” (Frauen im marokkanischen Strafrecht – eine Analyse strafrechtlicher Entscheidungen des Cour de Cassation, working title) this fellowship project aims to analyse how much and what Islamic influence can still be identified in current Moroccan criminal law. Islamic law (aš-šarīca) means to Muslims the law ascribed to God’s revelation and developed from different sources, which regulate the relations of men to God, to their fellow men, as well as to the state authority and to all God‘s creatures in terms of commandments and prohibitions; its application passes through a process of human interpretation within the meaning of Islamic jurisprudence (al-fiqh). Until the 10th century a highly complex and heterogeneous system developed. Concrete demarcation between the religious and the non-religious within this system have to be looked at in the specific context of regions and periods, e.g. parallel jurisdictions. Remarkably external and internal changes mark many of the Muslim countries in the 19th century, with large impacts on Islamic law, especially Islamic criminal law, which was often either abolished or reformed. My fellowship project focuses on current Moroccan criminal law in terms of the Code Pénal and Code de Procédure Pénale. The analysis will concentrate on two types of cases: persisting religious infractions, e.g. blasphemy or fornication, and more indirect influences like certain time limits. For this purpose the legislation will be analysed in its current form as well as in its genesis. Additionally the results should be contextualised by comparison to classical Maliki law and to the French Penal Code.

14 June 2017
2 - 4 p.m.

BURGSTRAßE, Room 4.33

Colloquium

Katja Triplett: "Buddhism and Medicine in Pre-modern Japan and Beyond"

The paper introduces an overview of the adaptation and implementation of Buddhism and medicine in Japan to situate a case study on sixteenth/seventeenth century debates involving these two fields. In early and medieval Japan (sixth to fifteenth century), secularity as a modality of making distinctions was connected to the question of boundary demarcation between Chinese-style cultural techniques including medicine, and complex traditions usually classified as religious such as Daoism, Buddhism and Shintō. A closer look at the emic discourses reveals a dynamic and also contested situation of boundary demarcation activity in regard to religion and medicine. Proponents of the ruling elite in Japan interpreted classifications of religion and other spheres from a different framework from outside of Japan in specific ways, based on their institutional ancestral clan organization. After Buddhism emerged as a powerful incorporation regime of its own, the new influx of ideas and practices from Europe, European colonies in Asia and from China and Korea in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries not only stimulated the intra-cultural boundary demarcation regarding religion and medicine but also inter-cultural boundary negotiations in the case of direct encounters between Europeans, Japanese Christian converts, Buddhists and Neo-Confucian officials. The paper highlights changes in debates during these turbulent times.

7 June 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Anindita Chakrabarti: "Adjudicating Personal Law: An Ethnography of Judicial Practice in Sharia Courts of Kanpur and Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (India)"

The paper is an ethnographic foray into adjudication of personal law. In India, the phenomenon of ‘legal pluralism’ is conditioned and facilitated by the commitment of the democratic state for socio-cultural diversity. The Article 29 (1) of the Indian Constitution promises that ‘any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same’. Although the community adjudicating institutions such as the Islamic Courts or the dar ul qazas function in this constitutional framework, every citizen also has the right to approach any civil court as and when they deem necessary. This institutional framework of judicial pluralism exists in uncomfortable tension with the Constitution’s directive principle that suggests formulation of a uniform civil code (UCC). While the issue of personal law of the religious minorities, especially Muslims, has been the cynosure of the UCC debate, there is a paucity of ethnography on the judicial praxis and litigants’ experience of conflict resolution. The present study draws on ethnographic
material from the Sharia Courts of Kanpur and Lucknow. The details of adjudication of ‘personal’ dispute—where family, affect and property are the key issues—make us rethink the relation between the civil and religious judicial spaces.

31 May 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

​Monika Wohlrab-Sahr & Christoph Kleine: Research Programme and Current State of Work of the KFG

Reading: Research Programme​​ (Link below)

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24 May 2017
9 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Lecture: Ist der Islam säkularisierbar?

Our Senior Researcher Daniel Kinitz will not only ask the question whether Islam is secularizable as the title of his lecture suggests. He will elaborate on theoretical questions that come along if people talk about "the" Islam or "the" Secularity and discuss possible answers with examples from diverse areas such as: sharia and law, Quran and fundamentalism or religion and arts.


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04 April 2017
07:30 p.m.

Bibliotheca Albertina, Vortragssaal

Colloquium

Sana Chavoshian and Nahid Mozaffari: "From Anti-Western Nativists to Post-Islamist Religious Intellectuals: Trajectories in Iranian Intellectual History."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

22 March 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Nahid Mozaffari "Sites of Secularity in Early Twentieth Century Iran".

Reading: M.A. JamâIzadeh: Persian Is (as Sweet as) Sugar

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

15 March 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Eva-Maria Tepest on "Translating Religion-as-Culture: Contemporary Arab Psychoanalytic Thought".

Reading: El Shakry, Omnia. 2014. ‘The Arabic Freud: The Unconscious and the Modern Subject.’ Modern Intellectual History 11 (01): 89-118.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

22 February 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Chair: Hubert Seiwert

Reading: Stausberg, Michael. “Distinctions, Differentiations, Ontology, and Non-humans in Theories of Religion.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 22/4 (2010): 354–74.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

15 February 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Chair: Christoph Kleine

Reading: Mark Teeuwen: "Early Modern Secularism? Views on Religion in Seji kenbunroku (1816)" Japan Review 25 (2013): 3-19.

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8 February 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Public Lecture: Religion and Politics in Iran

Public Lecture by our Senior Fellow Dr. Nahid Mozaffari on "Politics and Religion in Iran: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Dilemmas."


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6 February 2017
8 p.m.

Bibliotheca Albertina, Vortragssaal

Colloquium

​Presentation: Anna Mrozek on "Religious Freedom and Secularism in the Frame of the German Constitution."

Reading: Christine Langenfeld, Sarah Mohsen: Germany: The teacher head scarf case. January 2005. International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 86-94, 2005.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

18 January 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Rinku Lamba on "Rabindranath Tagore's Conception of Religion."

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25 January 2017
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Monika Wohlrab-Sahr on "The Study of Islam and the Study of Secularity – a Difficult Relationship."

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11 January 2017
09-12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Sana Chavoshian on "Differentiations: Piety and Politics among Female Religious Circles in Iran"

Reading: Charles Hirschkind: Is there a Secular Body? In: CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 633–647.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

15 December 2016
3-6 p.m.

Hörsaal 16, Hörsaalgebäude, Universitätsstraße 1

Colloquium

Presentation: Mohammad Magout on "Applying 'Multiple Secularites' to a Transnational Setting: Social Interaction between international students at Two Ismaili Institutes for Islamic Studies in London."

Reading: Parts of chapter 6 of Mohammad Magout's dissertation "Between Religion and Culture: Academic Discourse and Religious Subjectivity at Two Nizari Ismaili Institutions for Islamic Studies in London."

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

7 December 2016
09 - 12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Start of our series of public lectures with Markus Dreßler

On 6 December our Senior Researcher Markus Dreßler successfully started the KFG's series of public lectures with his talk on "Religion and Politics in Turkey".


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06 December 2016
08 p.m.

Bibliotheca Albertina, Café Alibi

Colloquium

Presentation: Ruth Mas on Talal Asad.

Reading: Talal Asad: What Might an Anthropology of Secularism Look Like? (chapter 1 in: Formations of the Secular (2003), 21-66).

Attention please, it's a Monday!

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

28 November 2016
11 a.m. - 02 p.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Thesis Defence

Our Junior Researcher Mohammad Magout will publicly defend his doctoral thesis "Between Religion and Culture: Academic Discourse and Religious Subjectivity at Two Nizari Ismaili Institutions for Islamic Studies in London".

24 November 2016
10 a.m.

Schillerstraße 6, room S 202

Colloquium

Introduction of our new fellows Nahid Mozaffari, Anna Mrozek and Eva Tepest.

Attention please, this is a Tuesday!

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

15 November 2016
09-12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Chair: Hubert Seiwert

Reading: Martin, David (2014): The Political Future of Religion. In: Martin, David: Religion and Power. No Logos without Mythos. Ashgate.

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9 November 2016
09-12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Sushmita Nath - Between ‘Faith’ and ‘Discovery’: Gandhi’s Religious Politics and the Question of Secularity in India.

Reading: Sudipta Kaviraj: 'Languages of Secularity,' Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLVIII, no. 50, 2013.

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2 November 2016
09-12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Tom Troughton on "Implications of the secular as an aspect of second dissemination of Tibetan Mahāyāna"

Reading: Guntram Hazod: From the ‘Good Tradition’ to Religion: On some basic aspects of religious conversion in early medieval Tibet and the comparative Central Eurasian Context. History and Anthropology 2015 vol. 26 no. 1, 36-54.

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple-secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

5 October 2016
09-11 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Colloquium

Presentation: Armando Salvatore on "A ‘Soft Secular Distinction’ in the Islamic Ecumene? Dynamics of Adab and Shari’a"

Reading: Colonial Blueprints of Order and Civility (chapter 6 in: Armando Salvatore: The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2016.)

If scholars from outside the KFG "Multiple Secularities" wish to attend one of our colloquia, please send a short inquiry to multiple.secularities[at]uni-leipzig.de

21 September 2016
10-12 a.m.

Strohsack, room 5.55

Inaugural ceremony and opening lecture "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities"

On June 27, 2016 the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities" had its inaugural ceremony.

Opening lecture
Andrew March (Yale University): “What is the ‘Civil State’ in Islamic Political Thought?”


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27.06.2016
06:00 p.m.

ceremonial hall, university library "Albertina", Beethovenstraße 6, 04107 Leipzig

Kick-off Workshop "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities"

The initial meeting of the HCAS’s prospective research fellows created a sound foundation for the future collaborative work on “multiple secularities”.
From June 27 to June 29, 2016, 34 speakers presented their research projects within the broader research programme of the HCAS and discussed them with the audience.


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27.06.-29.06.2016


ceremonial hall, university library "Albertina", Beethovenstraße 6, 04107 Leipzig