Journal Issue #6 Secularity

This issue of PARSE Journal, developed in collaboration with Nav Haq (Curator) and Stina Edblom (Artistic Director) of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 (GIBCA 2017), comes at a critical time for European social and political attitudes within a global context, in which many attitudes and principles are fundamentally being challenged. In particular, the very European truce between secular humanism and religious traditions has come under increasing scrutiny, challenged both from within and without. While there may certainly be good reasons to challenge any particular societal configuration, the question inevitably arises how human beings of different beliefs, or no particular belief and of different modes of life should be able to live together in peace and with a sense of equality, rights and freedom. This is the question of secularity. The subject for this issue of PARSE is taken directly from Nav Haq’s curatorial thematic for GIBCA 2017 that he has been developing throughout 2016 and 2017, titled WheredoIendandyoubegin—On Secularity, and is launched to coincide with the opening of the biennial to act as part-catalogue, part-contextual (re)source and part-imaginative interpolation in tandem with events that will be held throughout the biennial.

Table of contents


Sealanguage: Field Notes from the Anthropocene

Simone Kotva

On Secularity: Discussing the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017

Andrea Phillips, Nav Haq and Ola Sirgudson

Secularisation in a Post-Secular Age

Bengt Kristensson U la

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland: Transubstantiation II (dedicated to Margareta Orreblad, 1934-2016)

Elgaland – Vargaland

Art as an Escape from Secularity: The Maryamiyya Case

Klas Grinell

Seeing from Secular Spaces

Ruba Katrib

On the curves of Turkish-Islamic Heritage: Understanding secularity across “Ottomania”

Fahrettin Ersin Alaca

The Street

Francesc Ruiz

State/Religion: Rethinking Gender Politics in the Public Sphere in Iran

Azadeh Fatehrad

Monument to Capital: Notes on Secular Religiosity

Jonas Staal

Differences and Sameness: Secularity in the Case of Nicholas Roerich

Eszter Szakacs & Mi You

The Idea of the University and the Process of Secularisation

Thomas Karlsohn

The Sacrosanct Art – On Art and Religion, the Rise of Populism and the Changing Media Landscape

Maria Karlsson and Måns Wrange

The Grief Prophesy

Maddie Leach