“Europe, India and the limits of secularism”, an Oxford University Press Hardback book by Jakob De Roover, will be presented and discussed.
Opening of the evening by:
Prof. Dr. Koen Goethals, Ghent University Chief Academic Officer
A conversation on the limits of secularism with:
Prof. Dr. Prakash Shah, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Stijn Latré, Centrum Pieter Gillis, University of Antwerp
Ms. Sarika Rao, Department of Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Jakob De Roover, Department of Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University
About the book:
For several decades now, commentators have sounded the alarm about the ‘crisis of secularism’. According to them, saving the secular state from political religion is a matter of survival for societies characterized by religious diversity. In this narrative, instances of intolerance and violence are conveniently attributed to a failure in adhering to secular norms.
Jakob De Roover argues against this search for an external factor to explain the increasing pressures on the liberal model of secularism. Delving deep into its history – which is closely intertwined with the Western cultural context – he brings to light the major flaws internal to this model. Taking the constraints of the liberal model of religious toleration and the secular state as its focal point of inquiry, this book examines how this normative model crystallized in modern Europe, how it went hand in hand with an intolerant anticlerical theology, and how it determined the European understanding of Indian culture.
18:20h introduction and conversation on the limits of secularism
20:00h reception with Indian snacks