Call for papers to a session on “Reshaping the “Religious Mind”: Christian Reactions to Secular Human Sciences, 1900-1950”, European Social Science History Conference (Network Religion), Glasgow, April 11-14, 2012
This panel aims at questioning the impact of human sciences on these processes of secularization / desecularization from an historical viewpoint, focusing on 20th century Christian conceptions of the mind. It will examine how Christian intellectuals and scientists have reacted to the emergence of a secular, scientifically based approach of the mind, and, more specifically, how they have incorporated human sciences knowledge in their answer. How did this use of human sciences affect their understanding of the mind? How did they cope with Christian doctrine of the soul?
It would, in particular, open up new insights on the relationships between psychology and Christian thought in the first half of the twentieth century. This panel will study how psychology interacts with other human sciences, like paleontology, linguistics, ethnology or history, in order to shape a new conception of the mind. It will examine the influence of darwinist theories on psychology. It will also underline the connections between Protestant and Catholic debates. How did Protestants’ early interest in psychotherapy influence the Catholic reception of psychology? A comparison between Catholicism and Protestantism will also highlight the consequences of the modernist crisis on the Catholic Church’s problematical understanding of scientific autonomy. Finally, we will examine the challenges of secular spiritualisms and Oriental spiritualities for Christian churches.
If you wish to participate, please send an abstract to Agnes Desmazieres (firstname.lastname@example.org).Please, note that every speaker should pre-register on the ESSHC website by May 1.
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