Convening 4 April 2019 Princeton (New Jersey)
Comparative Secularisms

Conference: Conceptions and Practices of Religious Liberty in the Public Sphere.                        An Intercultural Lexicon to bridge the gap between different cultures

April 4-5-6, 2019 | Princeton University | Princeton, New Jersey 08544, United States

The event hosted by the Princeton University in partnership with Reset Dialogues on Civilizations was a big success and a unique opportunity to discuss the Intercultural Lexicon project together with renowned international academics.

Please find here a selection of the event pictures: PHOTO GALLERY 

How do different constitutional and political systems manage religious diversity? Given shifting patterns of personal and group piety, does the concept of secularism have meaning across space and time? How have different states and political arrangements coped with religions and religious traditions that have challenged liberal or secular principles? Are certain constitutional and political traditions – whether formally committed to secularism, such as France, Turkey, and India, or one combining high levels of religiosity with great religious diversity, such as in the U.S. – better or worse at accommodating religious believers and treating fairly majority and minority faiths?

The scholars who will gather at Princeton to examine “Comparative Secularisms” will confront these questions in historical perspective. This workshop will consider critically the normative ideas and alternative political arrangements that govern religion’s relation to politics and the public and private spheres.

This conference is part of the Intercultural Lexicon, a Reset Dialogues on Civilizations project, by providing a forum for critical examination of terminologies across contexts. Proceedings of the conference will be published in a collective volume which will analyze the concept of secularism from a comparative and historical perspective.


Speakers: Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana) • Karen Barkey (Berkeley) • Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset) • José Casanova (Georgetown) • Joseph Chan (Hong Kong) • Amaney Jamal (Princeton) • Mohsen Khadivar (Duke) •  Madhav Kosla (Harvard) • Cécile Laborde (Oxford) • Jonathan Laurence (Boston College and Reset US) • Stephen Macedo (Princeton) • Andrew March (Harvard) • Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton) • Alan Patten (Princeton) • Elizabeth Sepper (Washington University) • Ayelet Shachar (Toronto) • Nelson Tebbe (Cornell) • Michael Walzer (IAS) • Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton)


Thursday, April 4:

Opening Lecture and Dinner

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Moffet Lecture of Cécile Laborde (Oxford)

6:45 PM: Opening Dinner and Informal presentation of the two linked projects
Comparative Secularisms and the Intercultural Lexicon


Friday, April 5:

Day-Long Conference

Breakfast available from 8:30 am
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Opening remarks || Session 1 || Coffee Break || Session 2

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM:  Session 3 || Coffee Break || Session 4
6:30 PM: Reception and dinner


Saturday, April 6:

Morning Meeting

Breakfast available from 9 am
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Towards an Intercultural Lexicon

Reset Dialogues on Civilizations is spearheading the creation of an Intercultural Lexicon – a political dictionary to define key concepts in political, social, moral, cultural and religious discourses, across different cultural contexts. This session will be dedicated to aligning the objectives of contributors.