PODCAST 'Sacred Modernities: Re-thinking Modernity in a Post-Secular Age' conference 17 - 19 September 2009
Oxford Brookes University
The 'Sacred Modernites: Rethinking Modernity in a Post-Secular Age' conference, which took place at Oxford Brookes on 17 - 19 September 2009, was recorded in its entirety and is available as a series of podcasts at:
The aim of this conference was to take stock of these transformations in the context of what is often referred to as a ‘post-secular’ age comprised of ‘multiple modernities’. Its agenda is emphatically interdisciplinary and welcomed scholars from the fields of history, sociology, cultural studies, theology, and others. In the same spirit, the conference adopted a broad, abundant understanding of the term ‘sacred’ to encompass not only formal religious worldviews, but also that which, in whatever fashion, disturbs, complicates, and perhaps abolishes, the distinction between the sacred and the secular. Accordingly, it was just as much interested in manifestations and logics of re-enchantment and resacralization, as it was of desecularisation understood as the persistence and revival of traditional religions. In sum, the aim of the conference was to rethink the equation of modernity, secularity and disenchantment, and to explore the various conceptual and historiographical perspectives through which we might better understand the present.
Keynote Speakers: Aristotle Kallis (Lancaster), Graham Ward (Manchester), Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes), Michael Saler (UC Davis)and Patrick Curry (Kent).
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