Editor: Micha³ Warchala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for papers: 15 November 2013
In this new issue of STUDIA SOCIOLOGICA we would like to give an account of the current state of secularization debate and discuss various questions related to it. This is an interdisciplinary issue: we invite sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, theologians as well as researchers representing other social sciences and humanities to submit their papers. Contributions from all those interested in the questions of secularization and presence of religion in contemporary societies are welcome. For contribution guidelines and all further details see our website: www.ifis.up.krakow.pl/studia_sociologica.
Secularization is one of the most controversial and most widely discussed issues in contemporary social sciences. Since the classical, straight-line theory of secularization which treated the secularizing processes as a necessary follow-up of modernization has begun to be seriously questioned, nothing can be taken for granted here anymore. Some researchers, such as e.g. Peter Berger have already espoused a “de-secularization” rather than secularization perspective, others emphasize the diversity of secularizing processes as well as entirely different functions religion performs in societies belonging to different cultures. The new element in the secularization debate is the concept of post-secularism introduced by Jürgen Habermas and other thinkers to describe not only certain worldview – which, while accepting the secularization of private and public spheres, wants nonetheless to rescue at least some of the religious concepts and symbols considered to be a deepest source of meaning for human subjectivity – but also certain postmodern form of society, in which publicly declared belief and unbelief interact in the process of mutual “osmotic” exchange.
- the question of conceptualization, esp. of basic concepts used in the debate such as secularization, modernization, “disenchantment of the world”, the sacred or religion
- regional differentiation of secularizing processes; are Central and Eastern Europe or Poland distinct and different in this context from the rest of Europe or the western world?
- individual religious experience as seen in the broader social and cultural context; current changes in the ways individual religious experience (or experience of the sacred) is perceived/constructed and the relation of these changes to secularizing processes
- the question raised by post-secular thinkers whether any form of permanent compromise between believers and unbelievers is possible in the liberal democratic public sphere; how could a “translation” postulated by Habermas of the religious into secular terms take place?
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