The research master course Religion and Secularisation is devoted to a critical analysis of the philosophical discourse on reenchantment. The main objectives of this analysis are, first, to disentangle the different meanings of the concept of reenchantment in current philosophical discourse and, second, to examine how strategies or processes of reenchantment relate to a previous condition of disenchantment.
In 2017-18, the inquiry was focused on the relation between magic and modern science. The lessons were integrated in a series of three separate study days, covering the following topics:
- The Enchanted World: The World We Have Lost?
Thursday 23rd of November 2017, 13:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room S.004, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp.
- Modern Science and the Demagification of the World
Thursday 29th of March 2018, 14:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room S.004, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp. Guest lecture by Jason Josephson-Storm (Williams College).
- Reenchantment in a Scientific Worldview
Thursday 29th of April 2018, 13:30-19:30, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room E.201, Grote Kauwenberg 18, 2000 Antwerp. Guest lecture by André Cloots (KU Leuven).
In 2018-19, the focus will be on the issue of reenchantment in the context of the reformation and modernization of religion. The lessons will be integrated in a series of study days and one two-day international conference. More details will follow soon.
- The Enchanted World of Medieval Europe: Immune to Deconstruction?
University of Antwerp, Friday 23rd of November 2018, 13:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room C.001, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp.
- Varieties of Reenchantment in a Disenchanted World
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of December 2018, 10:00-20:00 & 10:00-18:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room K.201/R.007/R.006/R.212, Kleine Kauwenberg, 2000 Antwerp. Keynote Lectures by André Cloots (KU Leuven), Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University) and John Cottingham (University of Roehampton).
- Religious Reform and the Naturalization of the Supernatural
University of Antwerp, Friday 22nd of March 2019, 13:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room S.004, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp. Guest lecture by Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge).
- Unchurched Spirituality and the Reenchantment of the World
University of Antwerp, Friday 24th of May 2019, 10:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, date & place TBC. Guest lecture by Justin Beaumont (Queen Mary University of London).
No prior reading or preparation is required. All the study material will be provided in printed and electronic form at the start of each study day.