|17 January 2019 - 18 January 2019||All day||King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST|
Each of the four annual workshops of our project Religious Diversity and the Secular University, focuses on a specific academic discipline, and this one is devoted to history. We will look at fundamental issues pertaining to the relationship between history and religion, a resurgent question among historians working on eras from antiquity onwards. We shall ask such questions as: how do historians write the histories of religion, religious cultures and their interaction, and what is at stake in such work? In what ways do the religious origins of the university still inform its secular ethos and our sense of academic vocation? How might theological structures of time still inform “secular” philosophies of history such as that of Marxism, the hope for a fully rational world or the persistent belief that modernity and secularisation are somehow fundamentally entangled? If, since the early 19th century, historians widely mobilised history in the service of the disenchantment of the world and liberation from religions historical claims, how are we to account for the resurgence of religion and the contemporary employment of history in the defence of religious freedom and rights? Jewish, Christian and Muslim cases will be discussed, in relation to each other.
We will be hosting Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute Berlin/University of Chicago), David N Myers (UCLA), Shahzad Bashir (Brown), Christian Sahner (Oxford), David Nirenberg (University of Chicago), and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Yale), with responses by Arthur Asseraf (Cambridge), Faridah Zaman (Oxford), Andrea Schatz (KCL), Andrew McKenzie-McHarg (Cornell), Robert Priest (Royal Holloway) and Carlotta Santini (CRASSH).
Six papers will be pre-circulated to participants, who are asked to commit to attending both days, from 11.00 on Thursday to 15.30 on Friday.
‘Religious Diversity and the Secular University’ is funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to support a multi-disciplinary examination of the interplay between religion, secularism, and the role of the university, reference #41600622.
Day One: Thursday 17 January 2019
The Audit Room, King’s College, Cambridge
Coffee and tea
|11:00 - 12:30|
Professor Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute Berlin/University of Chicago)
Sibling Rivalry: Science, Religion, and the Ideal of the Secular
Respondent: Dr Carlotta Santini (EURIAS fellow, CRASSH)
|12:30 - 14:00|
|14:00 - 15:30|
Professor David Nirenberg (University of Chicago)
The Historian as Theologian: A Conflict of the Faculties?
Respondent: Dr Andrew McKenzie-McHarg (CRASSH/Cornell)
|15:30 - 16:00|
|16:00 - 17:30|
Professor David N Myers (UCLA)
Dialectics of the Secular in Modern Jewish Historiography
Respondent: Dr Andrea Schatz (KCL)
Day Two: Friday 18 January 2019
The Beeves Room, King’s College, Cambridge
|09:30 - 11:00|
Dr Christian Sahner (Oxford)
The Problem with Islamic History: Religious Diversity and an Integrated Approach to the Medieval Middle East
Respondent: Dr Arthur Asseraf (Cambridge)
|11:00 - 11:30|
|11:30 - 13:00|
Professor Shahzad Bashir (Brown)
Prospects for Rethinking Islamic History
Respondent: Dr Faridah Zaman (Oxford)
|13:00 - 14:00|
|14:00 - 15:30|
Dr Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Yale)
Religious Freedom and Anti-Protestantism
Respondent: Dr Robert Priest (Royal Holloway)