International Conference : Migration & Religion in European Literature

Date & place: 

November 16-18, 2017

Maison des Arts – av. Jeanne, 56 – 1050 Bruxelles


Migration has profoundly influenced secular civilisation in Europe. As debates about the veil or the recent terror attacks show, religion has become a point of negotiation again. Refugees from Muslims countries, as well as the strong emphasis on Catholicism and Orthodoxy of certain former communist countries as they separate themselves from their previous ideologies, witness that for many peopole, religion still is much more than just a private matter. Immigration has turned Europe not only to a multicultural but also to a religiously pruralistic society, where a wide range of different religions and beliefs exist next to each other. After Nietzsche’s widely quoted statement « God is dead » and the deconstruction of metaphysics, the relation between modern European civilisation and its religious inheritance is debated again. Richard Rorty, Gianni Vattimo, and Santiago Zabala noticed that secularisation has become a religious norm of its own in our post-religious society.

Literarture has always been a reflector of shifts in society. The conference focuses on expressions of religiosity in contemporary European literature dealing with migration, and analyses how religion is represented in these works.

Language of the conference : English