Opposed or Allied Magisteria? : Theologies, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
Entangled Worlds: Sovereignty, Sanctities and Soil, Recipient of the Connaught Global Challenge Initiative, aims to address issues relating to new populisms, sanctity and soil, changing nature of theopolitical charisma, and the sacralization of new and old forms of sovereignty. This “Opposed or Allied Magisteria” Workshop is the fourth and final workshop of our Entangled Worlds project.
At their broadest level, the workshops for our Entangled Worlds project cross boundaries between the Natural, Social and Human Sciences in attempting to grasp the significance of theological practices to political and social forms of living. Meetings so far have focused on how contemporary crises of sovereignty have raised questions over borders, beliefs, modes of life/living and belonging. Our final workshop moves into new if related intellectual and critical terrains, examining contested forms of authority in relation to varieties of knowledge production. We examine linguistic, technical and performative conditions in which religious, social and natural scientific claims are made and may overlap—the shifting frames of legitimacy that underlie different ‘sovereign’ assertions to produce reliable accounts of the world. How are such claims sustained, deploying which rhetorical moves or forms of evidence? These issues could hardly be more topical at a time of profound lack of consensus not merely over recognition of authority, but also over the very discernment of what constitutes reality or truth.
When: Friday, March 25th, 2022, 10:30am – 3:00pm EST
Where: Online, via Zoom
Speakers include: Di Di (Sociology, Santa Clara University); Yunus Doğan Telliel (Anthropology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute); Suzanne Van Geuns (Department for the Study of Religion, Unveristy of Toronto); Syed Mohammed Faisal (International Strategy, Jindal School of Banking); Thomas Carlson (Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara); Götz Hoeppe (Anthropology, University of Toronto).
Commentators: Ashley Lebner (Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University); Brian Butcher (McGill University)