Summer school in Research on
Religion, Culture and Society in Europe (1750-)
Religion and Modernity
Leuven, 23-31 August 2010
The societal and cultural significance of religion during the age modernity has traditionally been portrayed in dichotomic and often ambiguous ways. Proponents of the secularisation thesis argue that the rapid economic, social, cultural and political transformations that embodied modernity, linearly weakened the hold of religion on society. This has led many scholars to underestimate or even ignore the significance of religion as an explanatory factor in 19th and 20th century history.
The 2010 Summer School on Religion, Culture and Society in Europe (1750-) offers its students a closer and refreshing look at the complicated historical relationship between religion and modernity. Participants will get a solid introduction to the very different domains in which religion has influenced, (re)shaped and even embodied the modernisation process, but also to the continuous adaptation and transformation processes of the religious domain itself, thus finding a clear contemporary reflection in Europe's cultural identities.
This summer school ensures active involvement of the students by means of a balanced programme of seminars, lectures and field trips. Established researchers in the field develop specific topics and cases, students have the possibility to present their own work and discuss their ideas in a relaxed and open atmosphere and within a multidisciplinary framework.
A joint initiative of
University of Fribourg
Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes, EPHE Sorbonne Paris
KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of the K.U.Leuven ensures the office of the summer school.
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