Social Imaginaries between Secularity and Religion in a Globalizing World
SIMAGINE is a platform for research exchange exploring the role of social imaginaries in a pluralistic, globalizing world. We aim to address current realities through academic research that focuses on the issue of imaginary borders between religion and secular society, and that pays special attention to decolonial perspectives. Through critical and collaborative analyses, our interdisciplinary research intervenes into the realms of media, art, and education,
We are an interdisciplinary platform where philosophers, social scientists, political theorists, and religious scholars from a variety of educational institutions and research centres participate in projects deconstructing the social imaginaries that determine the 21st century.
We have organized seven international colloquia and conferences, participated in three collaborative publications, and contributed to thematic panels on general conferences around the world.
New Jersey, USA
On May 30 2023, SIMAGINE member Laurens ten Kate presented the colloquium 'Reimagining the Human' in the context of his summer course 'Re-Im...
New Jersey, USA
For this colloquium, we welcomed world-renowned thinker Achille Mbembe as one of the keynote speakers. This event was offered in collaborati...
Following the colloquium 'Politics of Dis-Enclosure: Religion, Community, Violence,' SIMAGINE members are now working on the publication of the event's lectures in a special issue of the Journal for Religion & Transformation (JRaT): 'The Politics of Dis-enclosure: Explorations into Religion, Community and Violence, Inspired by the Works of Jean-Luc Nancy.' Other scholars will be invited to contribute as well. Guest-editors will be Louise du Toit, Schalk Gerber, and Laurens ten Kate.
Read the thematic outline of the special issue below.