The Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University has issued a Call For Papers for its inaugural academic conference on Global Secularisms, to be held in New York, NY, on November 15 and 16, 2013. Following is an excerpt from the CFP:
“In recent years, secularism has become a subject of pressing importance for philosophers, social scientists, activists, and theologians. Secularism received renewed scholarly attention with the publication of Charles Taylor’s important book A Secular Age in 2007, which prompted significant responses, including Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Michael Warner, Jonathan Van Antwerpen, and Craig J. Calhoun eds., 2010). Other important contributions to the discourse have included The Joys of Secularism (George Levine, ed., 2012).
“From a global perspective, Western secularism, and for example the American debate regarding the separation of church and state, appear as very parochial issues. Secularism is a vexed topic with global implications and consequences, affecting virtually every part of the world, every nation state and every culture, traditional or modern. Questions related to secularism have become increasingly urgent and involve enormous real-world implications. From the emergence of the “new atheism,” to battles over shariah law in Europe and the Middle East, to the reemergence of religion in the politics of India, to battles over the authority of science in the United States, to struggles both intellectual and political over the shape of the public sphere, the question of secularism proves critical.
“This conference hopes to appeal to scholars and creative authors from the major divisions of the academy, including the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as to independent scholars and writers from outside of the academy.”
See the conference website for more information.