Preliminary Schedule


12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Introduction

1:15-3:30pm: Panel: Secularism in Question

Chair: James Kloppenberg (Harvard University)


Joan Scott (Institute for Advanced Study): "On the Politics of Secularism: Women and Religion"

José Casanova (Georgetown University) "The two European roads to the global secular system of religions"

Slavica Jakelic (Valparaiso University; University of Virginia): "Secularism as a Critique of the Secular State"

3:30pm-4pm: Coffee Break

4:00-6:00pm: Religion and the Law in Modern Europe

Chair: James Chappel (Duke University)


Judith Surkis (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) "The Ambivalent Domestication of Religion in France"

Mayanthi Fernando (University of California, Santa Cruz): "A Memorial to the Future: Remaking Muslims in a Secular City"

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (University of Indiana): "Identifying Religion: Notes on the Jews’ Free School case"

Respondent: Samuel Moyn (Columbia University)

7:00pm: Reception at CES 


8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast

9-11am: Religion and Democracy

Chair: Piotr Kosicki (University of Maryland, College Park)


Giuliana Chamedes (Harvard University): "The Catholic Church and 'Christian States' after 1919 and 1945"

Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University): "Lessons from Russia: Theological Literacy in Theorizing Religion and Democracy"

Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame): "Habermas’s Postsecularism as Symptom: Religion and Democracy, History and Metaphysics in the Age of Fracture"

Respondent: Eric Nelson (Harvard University)

11:00-11:15am: Coffee Break  

11:15-1:15pm: Modern Theologies/Theological Modernities

Chair: Francis Schüssler Fiorenza (Harvard University)


Sarah Shortall (Harvard University): "From the Three Bodies of Christ to the King's Two Bodies: A Theological Genealogy of Secularization Discourse"

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (Lüdwig-Maximilians- Universität München): "Why Theology?"

Malika Zeghal (Harvard University)  "On the Impossibility of Separation of State and Religion: The French Secular State and its Theological Temptations"

Respondent: Brenna Moore (Fordham University)

1:15-2:30pm: Lunch

2:30-4:30pm: Early-Modern Origins of the Religious Modern

Chair: Charles Lockwood (Harvard University)


Charly Coleman (Columbia University): "Religion and the Consumer Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France"

David Nirenberg (University of Chicago): "Massacre or Miracle? Valencia, 1391"

Jonathan Sheehan (University of California, Berkeley): "On Bad Faith"

Respondent: Ann Blair (Harvard University)

4:30-4:45pm: Coffee Break

4:45-6:45pm: Panel: Political Theologies

Chair and comment: Peter E. Gordon (Harvard University)


Gil Anidjar (Columbia University): “On the Christian Question”

Hent de Vries (Johns Hopkins University):  "Invocatio Dei: Religion and the European Constitution"

7:30pm: Dinner (Park Restaurant, Harvard Square)