The Summer school in Research on Religion, Culture and Society in Europe (1750-) : "Religion and Modernity",
Leuven, 27 Augustus - 4 September 2012
The Summer school in Research on Religion, Culture and Society in Europe (1750-) offers its students an introductory training by means of a balanced programme of seminars, lectures and field trips. Established researchers on 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.
Participation in the summer school is limited to 20 students.
The Board welcomes students, academics and professionals who are actively interested or involved in research on the subject. By way of a merit-based selection, preference will be given to those with a Master’s or Research Master’s diploma in History, Art History, Theology and Science of Religion. Graduates of other disciplines will also be considered, depending on their research background.
Registration starts on 10 June 2012 and ends on 10 July 2012.
The Summer School will explore the multiform interaction of religion with different manifestations of modernity (1750-). Students will be made aware of the significance of this interaction, often resulting in tensions and intermixtures, the dominant processes that were involved and the variety of societal domains in which it took place: social politics, international relations, science, architecture and visual arts, civil society, European integration etc. Although the courses draw a broad international and interdenominational perspective, the analysis chiefly focuses on Western Europe and on Christianity. The courses will help students to reflect independently on the subject, reconsidering in their own research the dichotomies and ambiguities associated with the relationship religion-modernity by former historiography.
After an introductory key-note lecture on the general theme of the summer school, the programme provides more in-depth discussions of 6 related themes:
• structure and organisation of churches,
• gender and piety,
• international missionary movement,
• statistical data on religiosity,
• christian identities and material expression,
• religion and the modern welfare state.
A specialist instruction to these research topics and the existing literature during an afternoon lecture (15-17 h.) provides a framework for a more in-depth discussion of papers during a morning seminar (10-13 h.).
This Summer School is an initiative of KADOC - KU Leuven, Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society.
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