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Slavica Jakelic

Slavica Jakelic

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Slavica Jakelić is a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and Director of its project on “Secularism in the Late Modern Age.” She has worked at or been a fellow of a number of interdisciplinary institutes in Europe and the U.S.—the Erasmus Institute for the Culture of Democracy in Croatia, the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Austria, the Erasmus Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago.

Professor Jakelić has written for both academic and broader audiences on religion and identity, theories of religion and modernity, religion and politics, religion and conflict, and secularization and secularism. She is a co-editor of two volumes, The Future of the Study of Religion and Crossing Boundaries: From Syria to Slovakia, a co-editor of The Hedgehog Review’s issue “After Secularization,” and, most recently, the author of Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity.

Professor Jakelić is presently working on a book entitled The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms: From Critique to Affirmation of Humanism, which counters the dominant focus of much contemporary scholarship on the clashes between religions and secularisms and highlights humanism as their overlapping point. The book attends to the historical origins and the centrality of humanism for how both believers and non-believers organize contemporary societies, examines the importance of the anti-humanist and post-humanist critique of Enlightenment humanism for how we ought to (re) think and practice humanism today, and affirms the practice of religious and secular humanisms as the foundation for the dialectics of plurality in a post-secular, pluralistic world.

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