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Stepping Back from Religion: Renegotiating the Sacred and Profane in Early Modern Europe

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  • Thu 28 Apr 2016 10.30 - 13.30
  Add to Calendar 2016-04-28 10:30 2016-04-28 13:30 Europe/Paris Stepping Back from Religion: Renegotiating the Sacred and Profane in Early Modern Europe

The historicization and anthropologization of religion as it occurred over the Early Modern period, enacted by developments in scholarship and sacred history, as well as an intensification of European interaction with the non-European world, has been understood in recent years as establishing a modern understanding of religion from the late 17th and early 18th century. This symposium aims to bring together scholars working on this reconceptualization of the religious, and a renegotiation of the sacred and the profane, in Early Modern Europe. How did knowledge about non-European religious practices relate to developments in scholarship? How did theological controversies and confessional debates situate themselves within this dynamic? What were the political forces which conditioned this reassessment of religion? What does it mean to talk about secularization and heterodoxy in this context? Can this teleology be sustained, and if so what are its implications for our understanding of enlightenment and modernity ? These, among others, are the fundamental questions we hope to discuss.

Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

The historicization and anthropologization of religion as it occurred over the Early Modern period, enacted by developments in scholarship and sacred history, as well as an intensification of European interaction with the non-European world, has been understood in recent years as establishing a modern understanding of religion from the late 17th and early 18th century. This symposium aims to bring together scholars working on this reconceptualization of the religious, and a renegotiation of the sacred and the profane, in Early Modern Europe. How did knowledge about non-European religious practices relate to developments in scholarship? How did theological controversies and confessional debates situate themselves within this dynamic? What were the political forces which conditioned this reassessment of religion? What does it mean to talk about secularization and heterodoxy in this context? Can this teleology be sustained, and if so what are its implications for our understanding of enlightenment and modernity ? These, among others, are the fundamental questions we hope to discuss.


Location:
Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Nicholas Mithen (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Prof. Giovanni Tarantino (CHE/UWA & KHK/Ruhr University Bochum)

Contact:
Laura Borgese (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Juan Pau Rubies (ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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