Issue no 6 Secularity

Photo: Santiago Mostyn

This issue of Parse, with the theme Secularity, is produced in collaboration with Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA). It will be availiable online from October 28. 

The focus on secularity comes at a critical time for European social and political attitudes within a global context, in which many 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.

The issue asks: has the search for mutual disambiguation, an exorcism of the ghost of the (belief of the) other, given rise to a profound lack of comprehension between cultures of belief and non-belief?

Contributors examine the historical entanglement of secular humanisms and religious traditions, the forbearance of European religious history, and the ways in which majority religion in Europe has never been rid of challenges from other modes of life, religious or otherwise. Contributors also write from the context of Iran, Turkey, Russia and Congo to examine forms of religious hybridity and disputed spaces and representations of belief and secularity which mark the great and violently affective ambivalence of our age.


Andrea Phillips, professor of Art at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
Nav Haq, curator at GIBCA 2017
Ola Sigurdson, professor of Systematic Theology at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg

Issue no 6, secularity, was developed in collaboration with Stina Edblom, Artistic Director of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 (GIBCA 2017).

The subject is taken directly from Nav Haq’s curatorial research and thematic, WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity, and was launched to coincide with the opening of the GIBCA biennial 2017 to act as part-catalogue, part-contextual resource and part-imaginative interpolation.

Secularity will be availiable online from October 28.