Bokrelease: French Populism and Discourses on Secularism

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken House 22, room 22-0031
  • Lecturer: Participants: Per-Erik Nilsson (author), Associate professor of Sociology of Religion and Director, CEMFOR, Uppsala University. Marie Demker, Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR)
  • Contact person: Per-Erik Nilsson
  • Seminarium

Per-Erik Nilsson takes a religious studies approach to analyse the intersections of secularism, nationhood and populism in contemporary France. This book provides insight into the French and European radical-nationalist ideology and activism, and contributes to our understanding of the complex relationship between religion and the state in contemporary Europe and beyond.

"In this in-depth dissection of an important French identitarian far-right movement, Per-Erik Nilsson gives us a clear insight into how these anti-Muslim activists, misleadingly claiming to work in the cause of secularism, argue and mobilize in their frightening attemt to carry out a religious cleansing of France." John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and author of On British Islam (2006) and Can Islam be French? (2009).

"This timely book is a must-read for those interested in (and concerned by) how laîcité has been mobilized for nationalist, racist, and xenophobic ends. Why laîcité and why now? Scholars in a diverse range of fields will find answers in this empirically and theoretically rich monograph."
Jennifer A. Selby, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and author of Questioning French Secularism (2012). French Populism and Discourses on Secularism

All welcome! Note; The conversation will be in Swedish.