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Conference: Secularisation , Secularism, Laicite

Conference: Secularisation , Secularism, Laicite

20 May 2019 /   9.45-18.00 
21 May 2019 /  10.00-15.00 
Place: santralistanbul Campus, E4-305

The conference is organized by İstanbul Bilgi University Comparative Literature Department.

The aim of this conference is to bring together experts from sociology, philosophy and political science, from Turkey and outside Turkey, to clarify where the debate over secularization now stands, and also to assess the fate of religion in a rapidly changing world.


20 May 2019, Monday

10.00-12.00      Introductions

10.30                  Secularization: A Movable Feast
Charles Turner (University of Warwick)

11.30                   Türk Usulü Müphem Sekülerleşme: Hem Dindar Hem Modern
İsmail Kara (İstanbul Şehir University)

12.30-14.00       Lunch

14.00-16.00       Turkey and the Ottoman Empire
Moderator: Ferda Keskin

14.00                   The Desecularization of the Ottoman Past: A Critique of the Historicization of Turkish Secularity’
Abdulhamit Kırmızı (İstanbul Şehir University) 

14.45                    A Secular Caliphate? Inter-Asian Imperial Perspectives on the Late Ottoman Era Pan-Islamism, 1878-1924
Cemil Aydın (University of North Carolina)

15. 30                   Religion and Secularism as Permanent Foundations of Turkish Nationalism
Ferhat Kentel (İstanbul Şehir University)

16.15-16.30          Coffee break

16.30-17.30          Post-secularism

16.30                    The Post-Secular Turn: Enlightenment, Tradition, Revolution
Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham, Polish Academy of Sciences)

21 May 2019, Tuesday

10.30-12.30         Europe and the USA

10.30                    Political Secularism and Religious Difference in Western Europe and the USA
Jeff Haynes (London Metropolitan University)

11.30                     Secularity is not a Mathematical Concept
İştar Gözaydın

12.30-14.00        Lunch

14.00-15.00        Economic Perspectives

14.00                   Political Economy of Secularism in Turkey: An Analysis Beyond Ideational Factors
Cemil Boyraz (İstanbul Bilgi University)

15.00-16.00         Political Theology

15.00                    Political Theology of Turkish Modernization
Besim Dellaloğlu (Sakarya University)