This seminar is part of a series organised by the research unit Action, Culture, Meaning, and Experience (ACME)
May 6th, 2021 – 3.00-5.00 p.m.
- Dick Houtman (Leuven University, Belgium)
- Valentina Marcheselli (Univerity of Trento)
- Massimiano Bucchi (Univerity of Trento)
To get the access codes please register online within the day before. To register on the day of the event, write to segreteria.srs [at] unitn.it
Today’s controversies about the authority of science suggest that we are not merely witnessing an erosion of the authority of religion, but of science, too – a declining legitimacy of universally binding truth claims, be they religiously or scientifically informed. Science under Siege delves into the cultural mechanisms that account for the headwind of contemporary science (co-edited with Stef Aupers and Rudi Laermans, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan). It demonstrates that theories from the sociology of religion do not only account for the loss of authority of religion, but do a similarly good job in explaining the erosion of scientism, religion’s modern secular counterpart
Dick Houtman (Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1963) is Professor of Sociology of Culture and Religion at Leuven University, Belgium. Most of his publications address cultural conflict and cultural change in the West since the 1960s, especially in the realms of politics, religion, consumption and (social) science. He is currently completing a book about cultural change in the West since the 1960, provisionally titled The Hunt for Real Reality: The West on the Wings of Imagination. Personal website: www.dickhoutman.nl