The Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World" launched on 1 September 2019. This collaboration between the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the University of Regensburg explores the connections and entanglements of all parts of Europe and the Americas in the context of processes of globalization and the frictions they have engendered.
The official opening of the ScienceCampus takes place on 17 December with a panel discussion on Area Studies in the Globalized World (in German). This will be followed by a keynote lecture by Professor Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) on 'Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Poland and Quebec'.
She will examine how in both Poland and Québec, Catholicism was historically central in defining ethnonational identities against their respective neighbors/colonial powers, with the Catholic Church playing a central role in civil society. In both cases, moments of political transition and episodes of state (re)formation –the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s in Quebec and the collapse of communism in 1989 in Poland, inaugurated a redefinition of collective identity that countered ethno-religious principles with civic-secular ones. Prof. Zubrzycki will discuss the impact of those revolutions on the relationship between nationalism and religion, and on the articulation of secularism in these societies today, making a case for importance of cross-regional comparisons.
Please register to attend by 5 December 2019: https://www.europeamerica.de/news-and-events/registration.html
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