Jonathan VanAntwerpen is program director for theology at the Henry Luce Foundation. Originally trained as a philosopher, he received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-editor of a series of books on secularism, religion, and public life, including Habermas and Religion (Polity, 2013), Rethinking Secularism (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Post-Secular in Question (NYU Press, 2012), The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia University Press, 2011), and Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Harvard University Press, 2010). VanAntwerpen was the founding director of the SSRC's program on religion and the public sphere, and in 2007 he worked with others to launch The Immanent Frame, serving for several years as editor-in-chief.
Posts by Jonathan VanAntwerpen:
The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University is co-sponsoring a conference later this week on “credulity.”Read the rest of Credulity: Enchantment and Modernity in the 19th-Century U.S..
Our proposal for the creation of a new program unit on “Secularisms and Secularities” within the American Academy of Religion (AAR) seeks to promote and enable more sustained interdisciplinary engagement among scholars of secularism and secularity and those researchers whose work has focused on variously conceived forms of “non-religion.”Read the rest of Secularism and secularity.
Forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, a “pioneering account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America” by John Lardas Modern, contributing editor at The Immanent Frame and co-curator (with Kathryn Lofton) of the recently launched Frequencies.Read the rest of Secularism in Antebellum America.
Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Zizek on the future of Egyptian politics [video].Read the rest of Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Žižek on the future of Egyptian politics.
Marc Lynch responds to protests across the Arab world.Read the rest of Will the Arab revolutions spread?.
Event: Secularism and Its Discontents: The View from Jewish Studies. Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 16th Annual Gruss Colloquium, May 3-4, 2010. More details here.Read the rest of Colloquium: secularism and its discontents.
At The Daily Dish, Patrick Appel reviews a week-long debate over atheism and religion, and responds to the suggestion that “there really isn’t anything at all interesting to say anymore about atheism vs. religion, and hasn’t been since at least the 1950s, if not the 1850s.” Find his round-up of the week’s debate here.Read the rest of Theological arm wrestling.
In his December 2008 Foerster Lecture at UC-Berkeley, Talal Asad discusses “attempts by anthropologists and others to define religion, the shifting place of ‘belief’ in that endeavor, and some of its implications for politics.” Watch the related interview here.Read the rest of Talal Asad on religion, belief and politics.
A Social Research Conference at The New School, March 5th and 6th, 2009.Read the rest of The Religious-Secular Divide: The US Case.
Saskia Sassen at openDemocracy.Read the rest of Cities and new wars: after Mumbai.
In a recent post at The Immanent Frame, Jason Bivins wondered in closing whether our present moment might become what Robert Orsi has called an “abundant event,” “characterized by aspects of the human imagination that cannot be completely accounted for by social and cultural codes.” Randall J. Stephens reports on a recent forum on “abundant history” in Historically Speaking, and has posted Robert Orsi’s lead essay and Jane Shaw’s response here.Read the rest of Abundant history.
Earlier this week, Charles Taylor was presented with the Kyoto Prize, often referred to as the “Japanese Nobel.” Next week, Taylor will be at Columbia University to deliver two talks co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Committee on Global Thought and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.Read the rest of What is enchantment?.
In conjunction with recent post-election reflections at The Immanent Frame by Howard Adelman, Arjun Appadurai, John Esposito, Conrad Hackett, D. Michael Lindsay, Elizabeth Prodromou and John Schmalzbauer, Nicole Greenfield gathers a selection of articles that consider the role religion played in last Tuesday’s election (and the way it might figure politically in the months ahead), while Ruth Braunstein surveys news and analysis on “Voting in a year when ‘Muslim’ was a slur.” Find both of these roundups (and more) at here & there.Read the rest of Post-election roundups & more.
Dagmar Herzog’s Sex in Crisis…Read the rest of Soulgasms of the Christian Right.
Rethinking Secularism: Refining the Concepts of “Public Religions,” “Principled Distance” and the “Twin Tolerations”. A public roundtable at Columbia University, with Rajeev Bhargava, José Casanova and Alfred C. Stepan…Read the rest of Rethinking secularism.