The Postsecular in International Politics

Over the last few years the notion of postsecularity has gained increasing relevance as a form of radical theorizing and critique spurred by the doubt that ideals such as democracy, freedom, equality, and justice may not necessarily be best pursued within an exclusively secular framework. In International Relations, however, the question of the postsecular has been mostly overlooked. The aim of this international conference is to contribute to fill this gap by offering a novel perspective to engage with current developments in international politics, including the recent revolts in Arab and Middle-Eastern countries, the resurgence of civilizational discourses in a post-Western world, the crisis of the secular state both in Europe and in the Middle East, the attempt to establish new forms of dialogue between the ‘West’ and ‘Islam’, and the question of religious violence after 9/11.

An ESRC-sponsored conference at the University of Sussex, Conference Centre, 27 and 28 October 2011

Conference organiser: Luca Mavelli ( and Fabio Petito ( ), Department of International Relations, University of Sussex

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The Postsecular in International Politics will bring together a range of internationally renowned scholars, including Joseph Camilleri, Stephen Chan, Fred Dallmayr, Richard Falk, Jeff Haynes, Mustapha Pasha, Tariq Ramadan, Nick Rengger, Richard Sakwa, Scott Thomas and Ole W?ver.

Speakers will focus on the theoretical, political and normative meanings and implications of the postsecular for current debates on sovereignty, justice, security, political violence, globalization, global governance, democracy, multiculturalism and dialogue. Attention will be devoted to the recent protest movements in North-African and Middle-Eastern countries, and whether and how they are contributing to the emergence of a new postsecular Islamic public sphere. Finally, the conference will look at the postsecular in a post-Western multipolar and multicivilizational international system and how it is contributing to shaping new forms of resistance and political agency.

Standard fee (2 days): ?120
Standard fee (1 day): ?80
Student fee (2 days): ?70
Student fee (1 day): ?45
Fees include registration, lunch(es) and coffee breaks.

To book a place to attend please contact Joanna Wood: