Exploring the Postsecular

April 2- 4, 2009

This conference brought together a broad range of prominent scholars to consider the meaning of the “postsecular” and its implications for the social sciences. Specifically, it examined the evolution of recent debates on secularism, the emergence of new ways of thinking about religious change, and the relationship between secularization and modernization. It also dealt with broader questions raised by postsecularism regarding the proper role of the social sciences in the public sphere, and the possibility of value-free and objective research in these fields.

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