Religion in Public Life

IWM International Summer School in Philosophy and Politics 2010
Conferences and Workshops



The IWM invited forty graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers in the humanities or social sciences to take part in the Summer School within the Institute’s research focus on “Religion & Secularism”. It provided a forum for study and discussion with leading scholars on major questions and challenges related to the topic. 


Seminar 1            Religion and Multiple Modernities

Seminar 2            Religion and Democracy

Seminar 3            The Role of Faith in Public Discourse

Seminar 4            God in Contemporary Debates


Evening discussions with Italian public figures (including the former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato) completed the program.


José Casanova, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Program ‘Globalization, Religion and the Secular’, Berkley Center, Georgetown University.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago.

Nilüfer Göle, Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS), Paris.

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Professor of Systemic Theology and Ethics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor of South Asian Politics and Intellectual History, Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

Marcin Krol, Professor of the History of Ideas and Philosophy, Dean, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University.

Krzysztof Michalski, Professor of Philosophy, University of Boston and Warsaw University, Rector, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.

Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Charles Taylor, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University, Montréal; Permanent Fellow, IWM, Vienna.