Eight Years CASHSS "Multiple Secularities"
Outcome and Prospects through the Eyes of our Interlocutors
12–14 October 2023
Convenors: Christoph Kleine and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
The occasion of this conference is to mark the end of the eight-year funding period (2016-2024) of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” next year. Over the course of these eight years, dozens of fellows from various countries and different disciplines who work on a diverse range of regions and historical focuses have helped us tremendously to discuss, reflect and sharpen our concept of multiple secularities, to underpin it empirically and to theorise it more thoroughly. We are extremely grateful for this highly productive exchange. We want to get together once again with our interlocutors and discuss what has been achieved, to celebrate the encounters made here, and the community that this project has enabled with colleagues worldwide.
The main objective of the final conference is to take stock. The directors of the centre, Monika and Christoph, will thereby review the outcome of our collaboration and outline prospects for future research. The conference will therefore not primarily focus on the presentation of new empirical findings. This time our guiding question is not what our interlocutors can do for us, but rather, what have we done for them and their research?
• How was it influenced through encounters at our centre and the discussions of the concept of multiple secularities?
• Was the concept helpful and applicable for specific research contexts?
• Have perspectives on specific research objects changed as a result of applying the concept of multiple secularities?
• What are the limits of relating the project to other approaches?
• Is there a need for a revision or extension of the multiple secularities approach?
Besides discussing these questions, we would also like to take the opportunity to get together once more and exchange ideas about possible future cooperation and perspectives on possibilities for follow-up projects that can build on the multiple secularities project and might benefit from it.
Finally, in light of the recurring question of the normativity of research on secularities, we would like to address directly contemporary political conflicts and the ways in which they contest and challenge the secular-religious arrangements that we heuristically call secularities.
We are looking forward to meet you at the conference, participation via Zoom will also be possible, please register via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
Keynote Lecture & Reception
The Normative Status of Secularity and Islamic Genealogies of Worldliness
Reinhard Schulze (Bern University)
Friday, 13 October 2023
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Christoph Kleine & Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
Farhat Hasan (Delhi University)
Daniel Witte (Bonn University / KFG "Multiple Secularities")
11 a.m - 1 p.m.
Parallel Panels I+II
Chair: Magnus Echtler (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Secularities contra Positivism: A Scoreboard
Neguin Yavari (New York)
- Multiple Secularities and Pre-adaptive Advances to Modernity: A Perspective of Social Emergence
Dietrich Jung (University of Southern Denmark)
- Religion and the Constitution of the Modern — An Analysis of the Views of Tagore and Ambedkar
Rinku Lamba (National Law School of India University)
Chair: Daniel Witte (Bonn University / KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Multiple Secularities' Conceptual Framework and the Study of Islamic Secularities: Conceptual and Critical Considerations
Housamedden Darwish (Cologne University)
- Reflexive Secularity: A Conceptual Exploration
Hubert Seiwert (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Using and Rethinking Multiple Secularities in Latin America: Analyzing and Historicizing the Secular Subject/s.
Edgar Zavala-Pelayo (El Colegio de México)
2 - 4 p.m.
Parallel Panels III + IV
Chair: Mohammad Magout (University of Zurich)
- The Religionization of Din in the Late Ottoman Period
Markus Dreßler (Leipzig University)
- Negotiating Secularity: Post-Ottoman Muslims in Bosnia 1878-2020
Wolfgang Höpken (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
Rethinking the Religious History of Turkey and Alevis through the Concept of "Multiple Secularities"
Gökçen Beyinli-Dinç (Hamburg University)
Chair: Hubert Seiwert (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Multiple Secularisms in Colonial India
Vanya Vaidehi Bhargav (ICAS:M.P., New Delhi)
- The Multiple Secularity Approach as a Middle-Range Cultural Theory: Interpreting the Secular State Project on Madagascar, and beyond.
Peter Kneitz (Leipzig)
- What Does “Religio-Political” Even Mean? The Diachronic Perspective on Bhutan as an Empirical and Theoretical Case Study
Dagmar Schwerk (Leipzig University)
- Secularization and Doubt in Buddhist Societies
Sven Bretfeld (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Parallel Panels V + VI
Chair: Elisabeth Marx (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Multiple Secularities and „Global Religious History“: Recent Innovations in the German Study of Religion
Adrian Hermann (Bonn University)
- Multiple Secularities and the Case for India’s Secular Imaginary
Sushmita Nath (Ashoka University)
- Conceptual History and Multiple Secularities: The Global Diffusion of Arguments from Epistemes/Ontologies/Worldviews Todd Weir (University of Groningen)
Chair: Katja Triplett (Leipzig University)
- Situating Medicine and Religion in Asia
Michael Stanley-Baker (Nanyang Technological University)
History of Religious Coexistence in India
Rajeev Bhargava (Parekh Institute of Indian Thought)
Signs of Secularity in Latin America
Roberto Blancarte (El Colegio de México)
Get-Together & Reception
Saturday, 14 October 2023
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Parallel Panels VII + VIII
Chair: Marian Burchardt (Leipzig University)
- From Gestural Communication of the Religious and Secular to Functional Amalgam of the Religious and Secular
Augustine Agwuele (Texas State University)
- How to make a Zulu King
Magnus Echtler (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Materiality and Secularity
Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University)
- An Affective Material Approach to Multiple Secularities
Nur Yasemin Ural (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Beyond the concept. Research agenda based on the heuristic potential of Multiple Secularities
Juan Cruz Esquivel (CONICET / Universidad de Buenos Aires)
- From Multiple Secularities to Social Welfare - Beyond the West, and Beyond Modernities
André Laliberté (University of Ottawa)
- Possible Futures for Multiple Secularities Research
Jason Josephson Storm (Williams College)
1 - 3 p.m.
Chair: Nur Yasemin Ural (KFG "Multiple Secularities")
- Nonreligion in a Complex Future: Rethinking the Secular, Secularism and Secularity
Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa)
- Multiple Secularities, Secularism and the Specters of Race
Marian Burchardt (Leipzig University)
- Multiple Secularities, Post-Coloniality, and the Indian Conundrum
Anindita Chakrabarti (IIT Kanpur)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.