Event: Radical Secularization ?

September 20-22nd 2012
Conference – The Centre Pieter Gillis of the University of Antwerp

This three day international conference tries to frame a status quaestionis of secularization theory in the field of contemporary philosophy. It starts off with an assessment of the classic Löwith-Blumenberg debate. This debate centers around the relationship between monotheism and Christianity on one hand, and Modernity on the other. The focus of the conference then shifts to contemporary debates, with Charles Taylor and Marcel Gauchet as exemplary protagonists. The debate will revolve around ‘transcendent’ versus ‘immanent’ readings of Christianity. On its last day, the question of religion in the public sphere comes to the fore.

Though the conference is philosophical in nature, it hopes to explore interdisciplinary crossroads with theology, sociology, and the social sciences in general. The list of keynote speakers, including theologian John Milbank and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, program director of the Social Science Research Council, testifies to this ambition.

The extensive conference schedule can be downloaded in the separate flyer on the right hand side.


This conference is the result of an inter-university co-operation between the University of Antwerp (Centre Pieter Gillis; Department of Philosophy of Culture) and the Catholic University of Leuven.

The organizing committee consists of profs. Guido Vanheeswijck and Walter Van Herck (University of Antwerp), dr. Stijn Latré (University of Antwerp), and prof. André Cloots (Catholic University of Leuven, Higher Institute for Philosophy).

A conference schedule can be found on the website
Registration fees

Thursday 09-20th 30 €
Friday 09-21st 30 €
Saturday 09-22nd free of charge
Whole conference
60 €
Free of charge for Belgian undergraduate and graduate students

Fees include coffee breaks and sandwich lunch(es).

Registration due before September 3rd, 2012. For registration, click here.
Registration becomes only official after receipt of payment on this account

Number : IBAN BE98 7350 2990 5993 / BIC KREDBEBB.
Name : Universiteit Antwerpen.
Address : Prinsstraat 13, 2000 ANTWERPEN – BELGIUM
Reference : SC201158

Lodging suggestions

4 stars hotel near conference location: Hotel Prinse,
Prices for conference participants: 108 €/night single room; 128 € double room.
Please mention the conference title while booking.

Low budget hotels

Youth hostel