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Lecture Kieran Flanagan: The Dark Side of Modernity *

With Brexit and crises over identity politics in an era of post-truth, legacies of Christianity also prove to be found in the dark side of modernity. In the annual lecture at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Kieran Flanagan (Bristol University) explores a radical solution to this darkness: the re-invention of tradition in Christianity. (language: English)

Program information
Date Friday, June 2, 2017
Time 14:00-17:00, welcome from 13:30 with tea and coffee
Location Room DZ-02, Dante Building, Tilburg University
Registration The lecture is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please register by filling out the registration form. Or send an email to bureautst@tilburguniversity.edu no later than 24 May 2017.
Speaker Kieran Flanagan. Responses by James Kennedy & Willem Schinkel.
Contact Tilburg School of Catholic Theology or Has Klerx (Academic Forum).
Organisation Tilburg School of Catholic Theology in cooperation with Academic Forum
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Certificate Academic Forum 2016-2017

With Brexit and crises over identity politics in an era of post-truth, the signs of the times cast long shadows over secularization, notably over its claims that religion has ‘disappeared’. Looming from the gloom are the intractable legacies of Christianity, to be found in the dark side of modernity, those of memory, ruins, the dark Gothic, and its spectres of sin and Satan.

Kieran Flanagan

Dr. Kieran Flanagan, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol has published numerous books and articles on sociology and theology, liturgy, visual culture and spirituality. His latest book is Sociological Noir. Irruptions and the Darkness of Modernity (Routledge, 2017). Forthcoming is The Light of Modernity: A Sociology of Seeking. It explores a radical solution to the darkness of modernity: the re-invention of tradition in Christianity.

James Kennedy and Willem Schinkel

Responses will be given by two leading Dutch authors on modernity and religion. James Kennedy is Dean of the University College Utrecht. He has written extensively on religion in modern Dutch history, including the role of the churches. His latest book is A concise history of the Netherlands (Cambridge University Press, 2017), translated as Een beknopte geschiedenis van Nederland (Bert Bakker, 2017).

Willem Schinkel is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His most recent books are De leegte van westerse waarden [The emptiness of Western values] (VUB Press, 2016) and Imagined Societies. A Critique of Immigrant Integration in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Program

13:30 Welcome with coffee and tea

14:00 Opening

14:05 Lecture by Dr. Kieran Flanagan

         The Dark Side of Modernity and the Re-invention of Christian Tradition

14:45 Break

15:00 Response by Prof. Dr. James Kennedy

15:30 Response by Prof. Dr. Willem Schinkel

16:00 Discussion with panel and audience

16:30 Concluding remarks

          by dr. Kees de Groot, coordinator of the Master Christianity and Society

          Drinks

Annual Lecture -Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

Every year, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology organizes an annual lecture, addressing a theme at the crossroads of Christianity and Society. The lecture marks the content of the Master’s Program Christianity and Society, a one-year multidisciplinary program accessible for students from all academic disciplines or backgrounds who have completed an academic Bachelor’s degree. The program focusses on the question how Christianity influences law, politics, economics, modern art, science and world religions.

Previous keynote speakers were Godfried Cardinal Danneels, Prof. dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, René Grotenhuis, Willem Cardinal Eijk and Tomáš Halík.

This lecture is organized by the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology in cooperation with Academic Forum.

When: 02 June 2017 14:00

End date: 02 June 2017 17:00