The scandal of women’s bodies in secular Europe

On Tuesday this week, images of a woman on a beach in Nice being forced by armed police to remove portions of her swimwear began circulating on the internet. The so-called 'burkini ban' has sparked outrage and controversy, not least because it is yet another variation of an age-old problem - the control over women's …

Advertisements

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 …

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 …

Spring cleaning religiously: From blessing your home to unf*cking your habitat

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Europe and naturally many people's thoughts turn to the need to "spring clean". But these days it's not just about spring cleaning your house, but spring cleaning your life. Kim Knibbe explores all the ways in which religion is contributing to reshaping spring cleaning in the private sphere. …

Trouw loopt achter?

Afgelopen week verscheen er een artikel in Trouw (helaas niet publiek toegankelijk, hier een samenvatting van het bericht), waar de journaliste claimt dat de religiewetenschap een belangrijk onderzoeksveld laat liggen: de opkomst van nieuwe spiritualiteit. Dit onderzoek is vooral zo relevant, zegt zij, omdat het de secularisatie-these ontkracht. Ook zou dit onderwerp niet in het …