CFP: [Religion] Postsecular Britain? Religion, Secularity, and Cultural Agency

full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Anton Kirchhofer

Post-Secular Britain? Religion, Secularity, and Cultural Agency:
Annual Conference of the German Association for the Study of British
Cultures, November 20 - 22, 2008, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2008.

Please submit abstracts electronically to:
Prof. Dr. Anton Kirchhofer (e-mail: ) or
Dr. Richard Stinshoff (e-mail: )

Conference information: <>

----Since the end of the Cold War, and even more so since ‘9/11’, geopoliticalconstellations appear to offer renewed incentives for casting social andpolitical conflicts and affiliations in religious terms, and there arethose who see in this the symptoms of a new, post-secular phase in Europeansocieties.In British culture, the religious encoding of cultural conflict has a longtradition, from the Reformation and the Civil War to the GloriousRevolution and Protestant Succession, from the Penal Laws and the worlds ofdissent to Catholic emancipation and the long debates aboutDisestablishment, and from the many variants of regional sectarian conflictright down to the London bombings of July 7, 2005.What do we make of this religious encoding of the cultural? How do we haveto read it? Can we simply translate religious terms and lines of conflictinto secular ones and vice versa? What difference does (or did) it make,whether one’s position and actions are cast in religious or in secularterms? What constraints does it put on one’s scope of action, what optionsdoes it open up? Beyond the personal choices of individuals, one way ofaccounting for the attractions of such religious encoding is to assume thatit may open up spheres of agency which a secular encoding cannot offer.This conference aims to shed light on such questions, and it invitescontributions that would test this hypothesis and engage with the culturalimpact of the specific relations and tensions between the religious and thesecular, across a broad range of contemporary and historical examples.Potential areas of inquiry include * Cultural codes and concepts of religion * Religion, regions, and the production of cultural difference * Religion, tolerance and the state * Religious coding of political debates * History of secularity and of religious pluralism in Britain * Religion, gender and the public sphereIf you wish to present a paper, please send a brief abstract (not longerthan 350 words, ready to be published), which includes the title of yoursuggested presentation, your name and your institutional affiliation, tothe conference organizers.=================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Sat Apr 12 2008 - 12:16:32 EDT