The idea of the conference

As Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde pointed out, although for thousands of years thinking and theories of the political order in society were associated with religious imaginations, and in Christian times – also theological ones, the modern political sciences have understood themselves as “atheist in the proper sense”. For a long time it caused a kind of “religious cataract” of political sciences.

In the above context, richer in the experience of the conference in 2017, which revealed the methodological and theoretical possibilities of political science in the study of religion and politics, in this edition, we would like to think about how secularism affects – on one hand – the way politics is being understood and – on the other hand – the way it affects the studies within political science. Therefore, we would like to invite you for common reflection on the possible meaning of the “post-secular turn” for the approach of contemporary politics and political science to the “question of God”, which is increasingly perceived in science. It will be an opportunity to discuss the question of how to comprehend rationality in science, orientation of political science on the axis of atheism-agnosticism-transcendentalism, and finally, the significance of these meta-scientific decisions for the methods and results of political science research on religion.

The structure of the conference provides for three plenary panels devoted to the issue of sources and forms of secular (modern) understanding of political sciences; consequences of secularism for contemporary politics and the possibility of overcoming secular thinking in political sciences. Lectures of, inter alia, prof. Joseph H. H. Weiler and prof. Fabio Petito will lead to reflection on these topics.

We would like to invite you to submit applications for the conference. They can be devoted to both the main theme of the conference, taking various aspects related to the issue of secularism and ways to overcome it in contemporary politics and political sciences, as well as to other issues in „political science of religion”. As previously, we would like the conference to become a place of presentation of ongoing research in the field of relations between religion and politics. Parallel sessions will be devoted to various problems in this area – see Registration.