West, East, and Bureaucratic Torture

Next Tuesday 23.2.2016, at 11:00-13:00 Prof. Smadar Lavie will give a lecture in Groningen as part of a tour promoting her book “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel” - Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. The lecture will take place in the Zittingszaal, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen. In today’s …

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How “Modern” are We? Religion, Secularism, and Multiple Modernities in Europe

On 13 June 2014, esteemed sociologist of religion Professor Jose Casanova received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. During his visit, the Faculty hosted a roundtable discussion on conceptions of religion, secularism and modernity in contemporary European identity, raising questions over exactly what it means …

The Religious/Secular Divide and the Global Displacement Crisis

Today is World Refugee Day and if the numbers released by the UNHCR today tell us anything, more action and new approaches are urgently needed to address the needs of the rapidly growing globally displaced population. While religion is often consider marginal in discussions about the displacement crisis, in today’s post Erin Wilson argues that …

Dwars Herdenken

Ter gelegenheid van de herdenking van de salchtoffers van de Tweede Wereldoorlog morgen, schrijft Tsila Rädecker over de controversiële Joodse historicus uit Groningen, Jaap Meijer. Veel mensen staan alleen tijdens de 4 mei herdenking stil bij de verschrikkingen van de Tweede Wereld Oorlog. Dit in tegenstelling tot de in 1993 overleden joods historicus Jaap Meijer. …

Multiple Secularities: How Culture Matters in Religious-Secular Relations

Next Tuesday Prof Monika Wohlrab-Sahr will give a seminar in Groningen on her research into the impact of different secularities in various cultural and political contexts. Today she gives Religion Factor readers a sneak preview. There is a tendency in recent literature on secularism, either to highlight the unifying ideological power of “the secular modern” …