On March 1st and 2nd, 2013, the Social Science Research Council and the University of California Humanities Research Institute will co-sponsor a conference at the University of California, Irvine entitled “After Secularization.” The conference features the dissertation research of an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the country who are investigating the secular and secularism after the failure, or at least refiguring, of the secularization thesis. Their projects are grounded in a wide range of contexts—historical, literary, and social scientific.

The conference has grown out of the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, with the support of which the panelists met in 2010 to assess the state of the field and to refine their initial research plans. The participants now reconvene with senior scholars to present their advanced research and offer future directions for inquiry into the secular.

The event is free and open to the public. Read more on the event, including the conference agenda and location, here. Please contact Joseph Blankholm at jlb2210@columbia.edu with any questions.