What’s Left of Secularization?

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

The lecture deals with the topic of “secularization” from a sociological perspective. First, some aspects of the concept of secularization will be discussed briefly. Secondly, the the distinction between religious and secular will be addressed. Thirdly, it is proposed to apply the distinction between micro, meso and macro processes to the religious sphere. This shows that the relationship between the religious and the secular takes place differently at the micro level of individual actions than at the meso level of social movements, networks and organizations and at the macro level of the relationship between religion and other societal spheres. Against the background of the distinction between micro, meso and macro processes and structures, different figurations of the meaning of religion and the religious-secular distinction can be illuminated. Finally, some aspects of the current religious situation in Europe are examined before some conclusions are drawn.


Speaker: VOLKHARD KRECH, Ruhr University Bochum


Scientific coordination: Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR

Cycle of seminars: “(Dis-)Enchantment in Religion and Ethics“


The talk will be held in English.

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online.

Registration by April 25, 2024 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection.




  • Volkhard Krech - Speaker
    Volkhard Krech is Professor of the Study of Religion at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, director of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) and spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre “Metaphors of Religion”. He was also Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the History of Religion between 2008 and 2019. His research interests include the evolution of religion, theory of the history of religion, religious pluralism and globalization, sacralization, religion and art, and the history of the study of religion.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 25/04/2024.



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