Religion in the World: Beyond the Secular Paradigm
This course focuses on current debates in the academic Study of Religion about the role of religion in our globalized world. Theories of secularization are studied in the light of recent research on the resilience and pluriformity of religion in contemporary societies. We will discuss the tension between religious identities and the modern state, and other recent controversies about religious diversity, as well as recent scholarly approaches to the study of ‘religion’ from a material and corporeal perspective. Experts of various religious traditions will offer you a broad overview of the history and current situation of religion in the West.
The city of Utrecht is centrally located in the Netherlands and therefore serves as the starting point for a number of excursions that frame this Summer School – from the former monastery now turned into a museum, the Catharijne Convent in Utrecht, to a Buddhist temple in Amsterdam, former churches converted into mosques, the universal Sufi temple in Katwijk, and more!
The aim of this course is to study religion in our modern globalized world. The focus will be on both the diverse religious landscape in the West and on the relationship between religion and the secular. Students will be able to critically discuss theories of secularism in the light of recent research on the resilience and pluriformity of religion in contemporary societies.
Contact hours: 28 hours.
On an average day you will attend two 90-minute lectures in the morning and one 90-minute lecture in the afternoon.
This course also offers a full-day excursion to Amsterdam and an afternoon excursion to Katwijk.
• € 650 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 450 - Course + course materials
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