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Journal issue
Authors Andrea Phillips
Nav Haq
Ola Sigurdson
Published in Parse Journal
Issue 6
Pages 206
ISSN 2002-0511
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Valand Academy
Pages 206
Language en
Keywords Art and Religion, Art and the Sacred, Art and Theology, Artistic Research, Art and Secularity, Secularization
Subject categories Arts, Systematic theology, History of Ideas


The focus on secularity comes at a critical time for European social and political attitudes within a global context, in which many principles are fundamentally being challenged. In particular, the very European truce between secular humanism and religious traditions has come under increasing scrutiny, challenged both from within and without. The issue asks: has the search for mutual disambiguation, an exorcism of the ghost of the (belief of the) other, given rise to a profound lack of comprehension between cultures of belief and non-belief? Contributors examine the historical entanglement of secular humanisms and religious traditions, the forbearance of European religious history, and the ways in which majority religion in Europe has never been rid of challenges from other modes of life, religious or otherwise. Contributors also write from the context of Iran, Turkey, Russia and Congo to examine forms of religious hybridity and disputed spaces and representations of belief and secularity which mark the great and violently affective ambivalence of our age. The subject is taken directly from Nav Haq’s curatorial research and thematic, WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity, and was launched to coincide with the opening of the GIBCA biennial 2017 to act as part-catalogue, part-contextual resource and part-imaginative interpolation.

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