The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.


Secularization is commonly understood as definitive of Western modernity, and is associated with its most prized possessions: liberty, progress, and rationality. Recent discussions of the putative decline of religion have called into question this common understanding, and there is now considerable disagreement about the nature and extent of secularization, and about its historical causes. This seminar series will seek to identify and critically assess prominent narratives of secularization.

March 14  Prof Peter harrison (UQ)
Science and Secularization
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 
The Historical Jesus in Victorian Britain: J. R. Seeley and the Controversy of Ecce Homo
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 
April 18   Prof CONAL CONDREN (UNSW)
The History of Political Thought as Secular Genealogy: The Case of Liberty in Early Modern England
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
May 9   PROF Ian Hunter (UQ)
Secularization: Cartographic Sketches of a Modern Combat Concept
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
May 23   Prof Gerald Gaus (Arizona)
Religious Belief and Public Reason
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
June 6   Prof Simon During (UQ)
Is Secularity Possible?
Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Thursdays 4.00-5.30pm
CCCS Seminar Room, Level 4,
Forgan Smith Building

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