30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 All day Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


A workshop organised by the Andrew W. Mellon funded project Religious Diversity and the Secular University.

This international workshop is devoted to the way different academic traditions of political science and political thought have dealt with questions of religion, religious diversity and the secular, both historically and in our own day. The workshop will be framed around six pre-circulated papers, each of which will be discussed for 1.5 hours, each discussion beginning with a prepared response.

Attendance is free, but space is limited and registration is required, and participants are asked to commit to attending both days, from 11.00 on Thursday 30 May 30 to 15.30 on Friday 31 May.

To register, please write to Judith Weik.

For further questions, please write to Theodor Dunkelgrün.


  • Peter Gordon (Harvard)
  • Miriam Leonard (UCL)
  • Duncan Kelly (Cambridge)
  • Cécile Laborde (Oxford)
  • Hugo Drochon (Nottingham)
  • Alison Scott-Baumann (SOAS)


  • Sophie Smith (Oxford)
  • Hazem Kandil (Cambridge)
  • Aaron Tugendhaft (Bard College Berlin)
  • Annabel Brett (Cambridge)
  • Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière (SOAS)
  • Emma Mackinnon (Cambridge)

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‘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 30 May 2019

Room S1

10:30 - 11:00

Registration & Coffee

11:00 - 12:30

Peter Gordon (Harvard University)

‘The Normative Deficit of Modernity: The Secularization Debate and the Weberian Legacy in Critical Theory’

Respondent: Hazem Kandil (University of Cambridge)

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Miriam Leonard (University College London)

‘Not far from Rome…’

Respondent: Sophie Smith (University of Oxford)

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:30

Cécile Laborde (University of Oxford)

‘Who Needs Secularism? India, Liberalism, and Comparative Secularism’

Respondent: Alexis Artaud de la Ferrière (SOAS University of London)

Day Two: Friday 31 May 2019

Room S1

09:30 - 11:00

Alison Scott-Baumann (SOAS University of London)

‘Political Science, Some Strengths and Failings and its Travelling Companion, Religion’

Respondent: Aaron Tugendhaft (Bard College Berlin)

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00

Hugo Drochon (University of Nottingham)

‘Polyarchy or Power Elite? C Wright Mills, Robert Dahl and the Debate Surrounding Democratic Elites 1956-1989’

Respondent: Emma Mackinnon (University of Cambridge)

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Duncan Kelly (University of Cambridge)

‘Michael Oakeshott and the History of Political Thought at the University of Cambridge’

Respondent: Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge)

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