Inviting our future: liberal de-culturalization and the Paris attacks – Part two

  “Perhaps we should ask ourselves if these people have not rather come here to save us.” (Erik Borgman)   In today’s post Ton Groeneweg continues his analysis of liberal de-culturalization as a deeper trend exposed by the responses to the attacks in Paris. In this second part of his blog, he focuses on how …

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Inviting our future: liberal de-culturalization and the Paris attacks – Part One

After a brief hiatus, today we continue our series of reflections on the broader meaning and consequences of events such as the attacks in Paris in November late last year. In today’s post, which is the first of a two-part blog, Ton Groeneweg reflects on the structures that create and sustain the image of superiority …

What was worse, Charlie Hebdo or Boko Haram? Religion, violence and clicktivism.

The fallout from the Charlie Hebdo attacks around the tensions between "religion" and "freedom of speech" continue to feature prominently in public debate across Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the Copenhagen cafe shooting over the weekend. But the vastly different responses to these events and the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria raise numerous questions about …

Living together well: secularism, liberal democracy and uncertainty in the wake of Charlie Hebdo

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris have raised many questions about free speech, liberal democracy, freedom of religion and how to live together in multicultural, multi faith, multi political societies. In today's post, Erin Wilson explores some of these questions and encourages us, rather than seeking for definitive answers, to see the conversation and debate these questions inspire as an …

Authority and Religion in Myanmar

In today's post, Arnout Couperus contributes to recent discussions on the democratisation of Myanmar. He argues that the role of Buddhism should not be underestimated in the analysis of the current situation. In discussions about the democratisation of Myanmar, the role of Buddhism is hardly, if ever, named. However, the importance of taking Myanmar’s religious landscape …

On the Political and the Personal. Or, How to Retain a Sense of “Humanity” in Egypt? Part 2

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In this continuation of her previous post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the previous post, I briefly outlined the political, violent, situation of the clashes here in Cairo.  In …