Our research team was kindly invited to participate at the workshop on the phenomenon of “religious indifference”, which was organized by Linda Hennig, Dr. Bruno Michon, and Dr. Pascal Siegers, and held in Straßbourg on May 23 to 24, 2013.
Dr. Johannes Quack and Cora Schuh gave a presentation on “Locating Religious Indifference within a Relational Approach to Nonreligion”, Susanne Schenk and Alexander Blechschmidt on “Not religious, nonreligious, or indifferent to religion? Organized humanism and freethinking in Sweden and the Philippines”.
Photo: (c) by Alexander Blechschmidt
On May 16, 2013, we had a one day workshop with Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, professor of Cultural Sociology at Leipzig University, who led the project on “Multiple Secularities”, and Prof. Dr. Peter J. Bräunlein, professor of Religious Studies at Bremen University, who conducted anthropological fieldwork in the Philippines and is currently working in the research network on the “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” (DORISEA) at Göttingen University. Both scholars were asked to give extensive comments, criticisms and further suggestions on the revised research proposals of the three Ph.D. candidates after their pre-studies in order to prepare for the upcoming fieldwork.
On Monday, April 29, 2013, we had a one day workshop with Dr. Matthew Engelke from London School of Economics (LSE). He presented some of his work on humanist groups in Britain. He also reflected and commented on the research proposals of the three Ph.D. candidates.
On the next day, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, our group attended the guest lecture of Matthew Engelke at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.