SIMAGINE is a platform for research exchange exploring the role of social imaginaries in a pluralistic, globalizing world. SIMAGINE has established a focus on the issue of imaginary borders between religion and secular society, with a special attention to the decolonial perspective. Its research intervenes with critical analyses into the realms of media, art and education.
SIMAGINE is an interdisciplinary platform where philosophers, social scientists, political theorists and religious scholars meet in projects deconstructing the social imaginaries that determine the 21st century. It combines theoretical and empirical methods and its research is carried out by eleven partner institutions from Europe, the USA and South Africa.
We have organized five international conferences, and have contributed thematic panels on general conferences, in Bologna (EUARE), Uppsala (ISRLC) and State College (SPEP). SIMAGINE has been funded by the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research, NWO, running from July 2017 to July 2020. Simagine will continue and expand its activities after 2020 by means of a new grant application to the John Templeton Foundation.
SIMAGINE's host university is The University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and it is directed and coordinated by Carolina Suransky and Laurens ten Kate.