Differentiation between Scholar and Religious Identities in the Process of Academic Socialization into the Study of Religions as an Example of “Making” Secular Space


VRZAL Miroslav

Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Sciences and scientific disciplines taught at universities are self-organized as secular (non-religious) domains. This setting has interesting consequences in the scientific study of religions where secular-religious division is also reproduced and it is well observable. The contribution shows secular-religious division on the example of the positioning a religious studies scholar’s identity and his/her own religious identity in the study of religions. As the paper demonstrates, personal religious identity is privatized and secularized from academic space through academic practices. This process will be traced in the academic socialization of students into the Study of Religions as the starting point differentiation between scholar and religious identities.
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