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Workshop organised by the Mellon-Funded Religious Diversity and the Secular University project at CRASSH .

Participation is free and open to everyone, but registration is required and scholars interested in participating are asked to commit to attending the full two days. To register please contact Judith Weik (jw571@cam.ac.uk)

At this international workshop across two days, we shall discuss work in progress by six world-class scholars of theology reflecting on the ways theology as a discipline has understood religious diversity and how it has understood and maintained its place in the secular university.

Religious diversity – the multiplicity of religions and of religious confessions within religious traditions – has been a constant factor in the lives of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Social historians have long studied religiously diverse societies, from ancient Palestine and Egypt to Medieval Spain to Early Modern Amsterdam and Philadelphia to the modern globalizing West. And scholars of religion have illuminated countless ways in which religious traditions interact with others and indeed often define themselves in terms of others.

But what of the academic discipline of theology? How has theology wrestled and come to terms with the multiplicity of religions? In the Middle Ages, theology was one of the three original faculties of the university (alongside Law and Medicine); in the early modern period, faculties of theology turned into central theatres for the confessionalization of European Christendom. But how have the intellectual upheavals and transformations of modernity that followed the Enlightenment – the political emancipation of religious minorities, the disintegration of confessional tests for college admission, and the secularization of science and academic research – changed this ancient academic discipline? How, in turn, has the discipline of theology reacted to both the ongoing religious diversification and the secularization of the university and to the study of religion across the humanities and social sciences? These and similar questions will guide our conversations.

Please note this workshop extends over two days, 20 & 21 September 2018. Programme: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/27718

This talk is part of the CRASSH series.

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