Society, Religion & Belief Research Group seminar series

For those of you living in or near the East Midlands, please find details of the SOCREL Society, Religion & Belief Research Group seminar series below.

For more information please contact: Dr. Kristin Aune Senior Lecturer in Sociology Head of the Society, Religion & Belief Research Group Faculty of Education, Health & Sciences University of Derby Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB Tel: 01332 591428

Society, Religion & Belief Research Group

Spring Semester Seminars

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012, 13:00-14:30, N414

Dr Simon Speck, University of Derby

“Fundamentalism or Cosmopolitanism: Religiosity in theories of second modernity”

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012, 16:30-18:00, N109

Prof. Susan Hogan, University of Derby

“Look At Me! – Women and Ageing”

Thursday, 22nd March, 2012, 13:00-14:30, S109

Dr Rebecca Watson, Cambridge Theological Federation

“Contextualising The Psalms of Zion: A Social-Psychological Approach”

Tuesday, 17th April, 2012, 16:30-18:00, B102

Dr Giselle Vincett, University of Edinburgh

“Young People, Deprivation and Religion in the UK: Coping and Resistance”

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012, 16:30-18:00, S109

Andrew Wilson, University of Derby

“Haunted by History: Representations of the Pendle Witches in Popular Culture”

Rethinking Secularism – A Seminar Discussion, Santa Barbara

The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, Santa Barbara


 Rethinking Secularism – A Seminar Discussion

Friday, November 18, 2011 – 12:00 noon, Orfalea Center seminar room – 1005 Robertson Gym


Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council, and Prof of Sociology, NYU

Jonathan Van Antwerpen, Editor-in-Chief, The Immanent Frame, SSRC online magazine

Mark Juergensmeyer, Director, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies

 Comments by:
Benjamin (Jerry) Cohen, UCSB Political Science
Wade Clark Roof, UCSB Religious Studies
Giles Gunn, UCSB Global & International Studies

 The speakers will discuss the background and content of the multi-year project of the Social Science Research Council on the crisis of secularism that resulted in their recently published, co-edited volume Rethinking Secularism (2011 Oxford UP). The project (and the volume) involved an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars, including the philosopher Charles Taylor, the literary theorist Talal Asad, the political scientist Peter Katzenstein, the sociologist Jose Casanova, and many more. The project focused on the central issues of how ”the secular” emerged historically, how it is now constituted and understood in different ways around the global, and how it has presented an analytic challenge for the social sciences, the humanities, and international affairs.