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Summer School "Religion in Public Life"

CAS 23/02/2010

IWM International Summer School in Philosophy and Politics 2010
Cortona, Italy, July 4-17, 2010

Call for Applications

The IWM invites forty graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers in the humanities or social sciences to take part in the Summer School within the Institute’s research focus on “Religion & Secularism”. It will provide a forum for study and discussion with leading scholars on major questions and challenges related to the topic. For complete details please visit http://www.iwm.at/summerschool.

Seminar 1 Religion and Multiple Modernities
Seminar 2 Religion and Democracy
Seminar 3 The Role of Faith in Public Discourse
Seminar 4 God in Contemporary Debates

Evening discussions with Italian public figures (including the former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato) will complete the program.


José Casanova, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Program ‘Globalization, Religion and the Secular’, Berkley Center, Georgetown University.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago.

Nilüfer Göle, Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS), Paris.

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Professor of Systemic Theology and Ethics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor of South Asian Politics and Intellectual History, Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

Marcin Krol, Professor of the History of Ideas and Philosophy, Dean, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University.

Krzysztof Michalski, Professor of Philosophy, University of Boston and Warsaw University, Rector, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.

Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Charles Taylor, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University, Montréal; Permanent Fellow, IWM, Vienna.


Each of the seminars will meet Monday through Friday. Participants are required to enroll in three seminars. They will be conducted in English, thus excellent command of this language is absolutely required.

There is no tuition for the Summer School; course materials, room and full board will be provided (accommodation in double rooms, single rooms are available for an extra charge). Participants are responsible to cover travel costs to and from Cortona and all other incidental expenses.


The application must be submitted in English and include

· the application form (please download)
· a curriculum vitae and
· a letter of motivation discussing at least one of the four seminar topics (max. 5 pages)

Please submit your application by e-mail to

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM)
1090 Wien, Austria; Spittelauer Lände 3
T: +43-1-31358-0, F: +43-1-31358-30

Deadline for application is March 25, 2010!

Applicants will be notified by the end of April.

The Summer School is organized by the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne).

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