Translating secularism conference, 18-19 September Institut Français London

Professor Mike Kelly will be hosting a two-day conference at the Institut Français de Londres on 18-19 September 2015 on: Translating secularism/ Traduire la laïcité: Varieties of secular society. Please see below for the full programme.

Friday 18th September

10.30-11.00 Welcome and introduction to the colloquium (Michael Kelly, University of Southampton)

1.00-12.30 Theories and Practices

Murat Akan (Boğaziçi University) ‘Diversité: Challenging or Constituting Laïcité?’

Tim Verhoeven (Monash University, Australia) Secularism/Laïcité in a trans-Atlantic framework

Patrick Loobuyck (UA Centre Pieter Gillis), tbc

12.30-14.00 Break

14.00-15.30 Laïcité and Religion

Brian Sudlow (Aston University), ‘Baubérot, Dagens and the future of laïcité’

Xavier Boniface (Université de Picardie Jules Verne), ‘ Les services d’aumonerie et la laïcité en France’

Michael Kelly (University of Southampton), ‘Laïcité and the new French atheists’

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.30 Laïcité: Historical Perspectives

Hervé Baudry (CHAM/Université nouvelle de Lisbonne), ‘Laïcité et athéisme : traduire Jean Meslier’

Melissa K Byrnes (Southwestern University), Harnessing Religion in the Service of empire: French Laïcité v. British Laissez-faire’

Burcu Gursel (University of Pennsylvania), ‘The Ruins, Revisited: C. F. Volney’s Revolutionary Anti-Religiosity and Ottoman-Turkish Constitutionalism’

17.30-18.30 Wine Receptiom

18.30-20.00 Round Table

Speakers to be confirmed


Saturday 19th September

10.30-12.00 Laïcité and Identity

Jennifer Guyver (McGill University), ‘Secularism/laïcité and Identity Making in Quebec’

Mayyada Kheir (CESOR,CNRS-EHESS), ‘Du français au français : le discours sur la laïcité entre France

et Québec’

Marion Demossier (University of Southampton), ‘Une Anthropologie de la laicité: entre pratiques et discours’

12.00-12.30 Coffee break

12.30-14.00 Islam and Laïcité

Olivier Esteves (Lille 3), ‘Abdelmalek Sayad, historicizing a sociologist’s writings on laïcité’

Soufian Al Karjousli (SUPELEC), ‘L’histoire des religions à l’épreuve de la laïcité et du pluralisme, exemple de l’enseignement de l’histoire de l’islam de cinquième’

Nadia Kiwan (University of Aberdeen), ‘Islamic Secularism in Contemporary France: Malek Chebel’s islam des lumières project’

14.00 End of the conference



To register for this event, please email : with the following information :  full name / dept and institution / contact email address / days wishing to attend / dietary and access requirements

Spaces are limited and therefore you are not registered to attend until you receive a confirming email.


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