Public Lecture – Secular Regimes and Religious Dynamics in Post-Soviet Societies

jose-casanovaMonash European and EU Centre presents a public lecture:

Thursday 18 June, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Lecture Theatre H1.25 (Bld H ground level)
Caulfield Campus, Monash University


Professor José Casanova

Secular Regimes and Religious Dynamics in Post-Soviet Societies:
A Comparative Analysis of East Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia


The dismantling of aggressive secularist soviet regimes allows a comparative analysis of divergent religious dynamics and the testing of competing paradigms:
a) the European paradigm of secularization
b) the American paradigm of competitive religious markets
c) the revisionist paradigm of global desecularization
East Germany and Poland show practically no religious change after the transition. East Germany shows no evidence of religious growth, while Poland shows no evidence of religious decline. Ukraine and Russia show clear evidence of religious revival, but with very different dynamics and in different directions.


José Casanova is Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, where he heads the Program on Religion, Globalization, and the Secular. He also holds a professorial appointment at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. From 1987 to 2007 he served as Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York. He has published works on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (Chicago U.P, 1994) has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into seven languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish, and is forthcoming in Chinese, Indonesian, and Farsi. He is also the author of Europas Angst vor der Religion (Berlin U.P., 2009) and Genealogías de la Secularización (Barcelona: Anthropos, 2012).

Admission free. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP by 17 June 2015.

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