Book launch: Secular bodies, affects and emotions

15.00 - 15.05: Welcome, Birgitte Schepelern Johansen (Copenhagen)

15.05 - 15.15: Secular embodiment, Monique Scheer (Tübingen) and Nadia Fadil (Leuven)

15.15 - 15.30: Secular bodies, affects and emotions - a seponse, Andreas Bandak (Copenhagen)

15.30 - 16.00: Questions and reception

With few exeptions, studies of secularity have not paid much attention to it's embodied, affective components or lived practices. Approached either as a particular kind of social and political arrangement, as an idealogical project, or as a result of the changing, perhaps diminishing, role of religion, secularity has most often been examined at the macro-level of whole societies, of policy issues and of philosophical stances.

This book is about how we can think about the secular as something that is practiced, felt and experienced. Rather than focusing on how the secular is expressed in formalized legal-political arrangements or in abstract ideas about the proper place and role of religion in society, the book invites an investigation of the secular as a social and cultural reality, richly textured by embodied performances as well as commitments, attachments, hopes, obligations, fears and joys.

Institute for Cross Cultural and Regional Studies and Center for Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen.