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"Sacred and Secular Politics"

Tue, February 28, 2012

Please join us on Friday, March 2 for a symposium on the theme of  "Sacred and Secular Politics."  The symposium will begin with discussion of pre-circulated papers from Etienne Balibar (Université de Paris X - Nanterre and University of California, Irvine) and Dominick LaCapra (Cornell University) that reflect on questions of political community, cosmopolitics, secularism, and the nature of the religious.  Following the two guests' papers, we will hold a round table featuring three scholars from the University of Texas (Pascale Bos, Germanic Studies; Yoav Di-Capua, History; and Alison Frazier, History).  See below for the schedule of discussion, all of which will take place in SAC 2.302. 

For copies of the pre-circulated papers, contact Courtney Meador at

Sacred and Secular Politics, Friday March 2, 2012 in SAC 2.302

12:45:  Opening Remarks
1:00-2:15  Etienne Balibar, "Cosmopolitanism and Secularism: Controversial Legacies and Prospective Interrogations" (paper to be precirculated)
2:15-3:30  Dominick LaCapra, "Fascism and the Sacred:  Sites of Inquiry after (or along with) Trauma" (paper to be precirculated)
3:30-3:45:  Coffee Break
3:45-4:45:  Round Table with Pascale Bos, Yoav Di-Capua, and Alison Frazier

This symposium is sponsored by the Center for European Studies with support from the Department of Religious Studies, the France-UT Institute, the Department of Germanic Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, the Department of History, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of English, and the Department of French and Italian. 

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