Thursday, September 16, 2010

Graham Ward coming to Singapore!

Thanks to Kia Meng, I am going to attend this lecture:

Secular Society and the Cultural Visibility of Religion by Prof Graham Ward

Date: 6 Oct 2010
Time: 14:00
Venue: Auditorium, AS7 Level 1, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore @ Kent Ridge

Description: Jointly organised by the Religion Clusters of Asia Research Institute and Faculty of Arts & Social Science, NUS.

A/P Vineeta Sinha, Department of Sociology, NUS.

The paper to be given would begin with the current questioning of the secularisation thesis and the various interpretations given to 'postsecular'. It would then detail some of the results of a four year project I recently completed for the British Academy on the New Visibility of Religion in Western Public Life. This has now been published as The New Visibility of Religion (Continuum, 2008). In particular, I wish to focus on the cultural investment in the religious rather than statistics about committed followers. I wish to argue that a new demythologisation of reality, often termed reality's re-enchantment, is the most pervasive form in which religion is returning to the public sphere. We might call this 'liquid spiritualities' that are constituting the background within which various fundamentalisms are being rethought.

Graham Ward is the Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester and Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures. He is the author of Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology (CUP), Critical Theory and the Study of Theology (Macmillan), Balthasar at the End of Modernity (T.&T. Clark), Cities of God (Routledge), True Religion (Blackwell), Cultural Transformation and Religious Practices (CUP), Christ and Culture (Blackwell) and The Politics of Discipleship (Baker Academic). He is also the editor of The Postmodern God (Blackwell), The Certeau Reader (Blackwell), Radical Orthodoxy (Routledge), The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology (Blackwell), and, with Michael Hoelzl, The New Visibility of Religion (Continuum). He is currently working on two volumes concerned with the doctrine of God, entitled Ethical Life.

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