Public Religions in the COVID-19 World

A Conversation with José Casanova

May 13, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion and a senior fellow at the Berkley Center, where his work focuses on globalization, religions, and secularization. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into several languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. In 2020 and 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic limited social interaction while simultaneously raising enormous societal and economic challenges, Casanova brought together a series of prominent scholars to facilitate ongoing intellectual conversation.

In this final event in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series, Casanova was interviewed by Thomas Banchoff, vice president for global engagement at Georgetown University. Together they reviewed the series as a whole and what it revealed about our contemporary global condition. It was also an opportunity for Casanova to share the personal history of his own work on modern secularization and competing theories of global religious revival and to discuss contemporary issues through that lens.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

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