Tag Archives: secularism

Event Report: Women negotiating secularism & multiculturalism through civil society organisations

In this post Alision Halford gives details of the workshop, ‘Women negotiating secularism & multiculturalism through civil society organisations’, held at the University of Coventry this year. The conference drew an international audience, covering topics as diverse as FGM and Hindu … Continue reading

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Meaning and Purpose in Non-Religious Societies

In this blog post, Gleb Tsipursky asks questions about ‘meaning’ and purpose in the lives of the nonreligious. Often religion is associated with ‘big questions’. However, his research with nonreligious and secular populations suggests these questions are more than simply religious … Continue reading

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It’s not all about Islam: misreading secular politics in the Middle East

In this post Stacey Gutkowski discuss western secular politic habitus and it’s affect when intervening in, and understanding, recent uprisings in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic State. This post was originally published on Open Democracy 25 April 2015. Much western, particularly French, media … Continue reading

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Time to name a movement?

In this post, Ryan Cragun asks if it is time to give nonreligious movements a name. If so, what might this name be? And how, as an academic, can he avoid the pitfalls of labeling a group from the outside – rather than … Continue reading

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Event Report: The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2014

In this post  Dusty Hoesly outlines papers presented at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, 2014. The focus is on the growing awareness of the study of the secular, religious and nonreligion, in particular the shifting boundaries between these categories.  … Continue reading

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God-blasters vs Philosophical Atheists: Real and Perceived Divisions Among Unbelievers

Elliot Hanowski draws on the history of Canadian unbelief to argue that ideological labels should not overshadow the pragmatic way unbelievers of all stripes actually behaved when dealing with the broader society. Ideas never stay pure and unadulterated when they … Continue reading

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The Paradoxes of Secularism in Contemporary Japan

Jason Ānanda Josephson discusses evidence from Japan regarding the complexity of  employing Euro-American understanding of concepts such as religion, nonreligion and secularism  in other cultural contexts. Probably the most surprising Japanese bestseller of 1996 was a short monograph written in a … Continue reading

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The 2014 SSSR Annual Meeting: A Testament to the Growing Popularity and Importance of Secularism and Nonreligion Research.

  The schedule for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) is a testament the ongoing interest in research related to secularism, nonreligion and atheism. Thomas J. Coleman presents an insight into what … Continue reading

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Launch Series: Why the Sudden Interest?

After a long history of neglect, what explains the sudden and sizeable growth of interest in nonreligion and secularity? NSRN director Stephen Bullivant offers his insights.  Back in the good old days, scholars working on atheism, secularity, nonreligion or related topics … Continue reading

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Launch Series: ‘Religion’ under the ‘Secular Canopy’

In the first post of Nonreligion and Secularity’s special launch series the Guardian’s Andrew Brown reflects on the assumptions underlying public and media treatments of religion and the secular. C.S. Lewis writes somewhere of his experience as a subaltern in the … Continue reading

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