Translating secularism conference: updated programme

Translating secularism/ Traduire la laïcité

Varieties of secular society 18-19 September 2015 Institut Français de Londres

Professor Michael 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 updated programme.

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.



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

11.00-12.00 Theories and Practices

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

Patrick Loobuyck (Antwerp University), Secularism, state neutrality and reasonable accomodation

12.00-14.00 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 (Kirklareli University), ‘The Ruins, Revisited: C. F. Volney’s Revolutionary Anti-Religiosity and Ottoman-Turkish Constitutionalism’

17.30-18.30 Wine Reception



10.00-11.30 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’

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

11.30-12.00 COFFEE BREAK

12.00-13.30 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’

13.30 End of the conference

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