Upcoming Events

Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Hall, Room 12102 (In-Person Only)
Critical Thinkers Sept 2022

Appropriation Revisited: The Potential and Challenges of a Critical Term of Historical Research

Marian Füssel (University of Göttingen)

Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory Lecture Series

Abstract: Appropriation is one of the key concepts in cultural history, media research and the history of everyday life. Consuming, reading, walking – in short, the many ways of using something – encourage a fundamental change of perspective on human agency in both past and present. The lecture first reconstructs the theoretical foundations of the approach following Michel de Certeau and Alf Lüdtke. With terms like strategies and tactics, resistant practices of everyday life became visible as an ‘art of the weak’. In the meantime, however, the term ‘cultural appropriation’ has also been used to describe hegemonic power mechanisms. Both readings of appropriation are confronted with each other and questioned for their potential for empirical historical research.

This lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception offered by the German Embassy.

Date: October 4, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual - Zoom
_Meet the Author Anna Strhan Rachael Shillitoe (3)
Meet the Author – Anna Strhan and Rachael Shillitoe
In this instalment of our Meet the Author series, Anna Strhan and Rachael Shillitoe discuss their recent article, “The Stickiness of Non-Religion? Intergenerational Transmission and the Formation of Non-Religious Identities in Childhood.” Sociology 53, no. 6 (December 2019): 1094–1110.

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Date: October 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual - Zoom
Meet the Author Christel Manning (3)

Meet the Author – Christel Manning

In this instalment of our Meet the Author series, Christel Manning discusses her recent chapter, “Meaning Making Narratives among Non-Religious Individuals Facing the End of Life,” in New Dimensions in Spirituality, Religion, and Aging (Routledge).

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Date: November 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual - Zoom
Lecture Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme (2)

A Decade of Decline?: Exploring the 2021 Canadian Census Data on (Non)Religion

Is religion continuing to decline in Canada? This question will be answered when the 2021 Canadian Census data is released on October 26th of this year. This comprehensive data set is released every 10 years and offers a reliable measure of trends in the Canadian population, including (non)religious identification. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, sociologist and expert on (non)religion from the University of Waterloo, will lead an overview of the data. She will identify surprises, review results, and answer questions

Date: November 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual - Zoom
Meet the Author Leo Igwe (3)

Meet the Author – Leo Igwe

In this instalment of our Meet the Author series, Leo Igwe discusses his recent chapter, “Atheism in Southern Africa,” in The Cambridge History of Atheism (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

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Date: May 16, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual - Zoom
Meet the Author Teemu Taira Final (1)

Meet the Author – Teemu Taira

In this instalment of our Meet the Author series, Teemu Taira discusses his recent edited book, Atheism in Five Minutes (Equinox, 2022).

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