Call for Papers

Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789–1920s

Among the latest approaches to secularism, the idea of multiple secularities proposed by Monika Wohlrab-Sahr seems most promising. The concept makes use of Shmuel N. Eisenstadt's term of multiple modernities demonstrating that manifestations of modernity are regulated by specific culture traditions and conflicting historical backgrounds. (Eisenstadt 2000, 2.) Accordingly, multiple secularities refer to the heterogeneous shape of the secular depending on cultural and historical constellations: "[T]he way secularity figures within configurations of modernity is fundamentally shaped by the long durée of civilizational history." (Burchardt/Wohlrab-Sahr 2013, 605.)

Within this theoretical framework, the workshop aims to analyse nuances of the secular present in the European societies of the 19th and the beginning 20th century focussing on secular avant-gardes, especially the European freethinkers' leagues.
The workshop will take place from the 21st to 23nd of March 2018 at the DHI in Rome. Presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes. The conference will be held in English. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the workshop are invited to send a brief abstract of maximum one page as well as a short CV by 18 June 2017 to Carolin Kosuch (kosuch[at]dhi-roma.it) and Christhardt Henschel (henschel[at]dhi.waw.pl).

Call for Papers