[URBANTH-L] Conference annoucement: Religion, Politics and the Postsecular City

Justin Beaumont j.r.beaumont at rug.nl
Sun Aug 31 22:28:40 EDT 2008

There are a few places left for non-presenting participants at the following conference. If you are interested in attending please contact Marijke Wubbolts at the email address below.




Conference announcement

Religion, politics and the postsecular city

Groningen, The Netherlands, 12-15 November 2008

With support from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)



Justin Beaumont, Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Arie L. Molendijk, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Confirmed speakers include:

James A. Beckford, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK

Paul Cloke, Geography, University of Exeter, UK

Kim Knott, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds, UK

David Martin, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UK

Birgit Meyer, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Edward W. Soja, Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles, US



Claims are increasingly made these days about the possibilities of religions in general and faith-based organizations (FBOs) in particular, for tackling social and political issues such as poverty, injustice, discrimination, and racism. The Economist recently devoted a special report to religion and public life across the globe. Combined with recent governments in the US and the UK revalorizing FBOs and “faith communities” in matters of social policy, urban regeneration and social cohesion in state-regulated urban policies, the European public sphere is dense with unresolved questions about the ways religions are imbricated in the social and political concerns of the day. Despite these developments contemporary relations between religion, politics and urban societies remain poorly understood. The conference brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to theorize the changing and mutually constitutive relations between religion, politics and urban societies in ways that transcend the urban as merely built environment and physical form. The primary focus is relations between the ascendancy of public religions, deprivatization of religions and theorizations of modernity and modernities to gain sense of the postsecular city, with the closely related and more empirically relevant role of FBOs in tackling social and political issues in across various cities today. International publications are envisaged from the event.


A number of seats are available for non-speaking participants and the closing date for registration is: 27 October 2008.


Registration fee which includes coffee/tea and conference materials: regular rate (€100), (PhD) student rate (€25)


For further information please contact Ms. M. Wubbolts (m.r.b.wubbolts at rug.nl)




Justin Beaumont

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

University of Groningen

The Netherlands

Tel: 00 31 50 363 6910/ 3895

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-International Conference: Religion, Politics and the Postsecular City, Groningen, 12-15 November 2008

-EU-7FP FACIT project: Faith-based organizations and exclusion in European cities (www.facit.be <http://www.facit.be/> )

-Book Reviews Editor: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG)

-Listserve co-owner: CITY-FAITH-FORUM (www.jiscmail.ac.uk)



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