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Conference 'International Humanism'

vrijdag, 21 september, 2018 - 09:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Congrescentrum U-Residence
Groene zaal
Centrum voor Academische en Vrijzinnige Archieven (CAVA)
026292434
niels.denutte@cavavub.be
https://www.cavavub.be/activiteit/?event=66
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In the aftermath of World War II the world enters a new phase of organized freethought. The fourth-generation freethinkers involved in this phase are the first to explicitly strive for a non-religious humanism and are thus called ‘secular humanists’ or ‘modern humanists’. Several of the organizations in which these freethinkers are involved (the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association, the British Ethical Union, the Dutch Humanist Union, the Belgian Humanist Union and the Indian Radical Humanist Movement) will organize themselves internationally and in 1952 found the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

This conference aims to provide a concrete outlook on the historical research that is being undertaken in this matter. Several interesting speakers will present their research. Some newer fields will also be presented (ecohumanism, transhumanism and the relation between islam and secularism) and the future of organized humanism will also be touched upon. 

Registration is mandatory. This conference is free for students and deMens.nu personnel. Otherwise, the fee is €25. For practical information and registration, please go to https://www.cavavub.be/activiteit/?event=66 

Programme

9.30

 

Introduction

Part 1

 

International Humanism

 

 

Postwar years: critical era of Religious Change
Callum Brown (University of Glasgow)

 

 

Dutch Humanism after 1945
Bert Gasenbeek (Humanistisch Historisch Centrum)

 

 

Blasphemy in the Christian World
David Nash (Oxford Brookes University)

11.15

11.30

Coffee Break

Part 2

 

Historical Humanism in Belgium

 

 

French existentialism and modern humanism
Else Walravens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

 

 

De vrijzinnigheid: Secular Humanism in Belgium
Jeffrey Tyssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

 

 

Euthanasia and humanism in Belgium
Niels De Nutte (Centre for Academic and Secular Humanist Archives (CAVA)

13.00

14.00

Lunch Break

Part 3

 

A secular Islam and Life stance Pluralism in Belgium

 

 

Secularism and Islam

 

 

Islam and the Secular State
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (Emory Law) (video)

 

 

Life Stances and laïcité in Belgium
Caroline Sägesser (Université libre de Bruxelles)

15.30

15.45

Coffee Break

Part 4

 

Current issues

 

 

Secular Humanism in Belgium: current issues
deMens.nu

 

 

Ecohumanism
Floris van den Berg (Utrecht University)

 

 

Transhumanism and cyborgs
Katleen Gabriels (Eindhoven University of Technology)

 

 

Closing remarks
Frank Scheelings (CAVA)

17.30

 

End