Keynote speakers

Gordon M. Burghardt (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Ralph W. Hood (The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)

Guy G. Stroumsa (Martin Buber Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem)

Guido Vanheeswijck (University of Antwerp, University of Leuven)


Understanding different forms of religious life requires taking into consideration wider civilizational background against which religious beliefs and practices make sense. Religion as a vital element of culture not only has inspired great historical shifts but also has been shaped by them in crucial ways. The perfect illustration of this interdependence between religion and other important aspects of culture – political, moral, intellectual – is The Protestant Reformation.  During our conference we would like to focus on two major epochal changes – the Axial Age and the Secular Age – and reflect upon both religious sources that underlie them as well as the impact they had on religion itself.

6th IKSRS final programme

Venue: Collegium Nowodworskiego, św. Anny 12, sala Zodiakalna

    (Saint Anne Street 12, Zodiakalna Hall)




9:30 Registration            

10:00 Welcome and keynote lecture   

10:00-11:30 Keynote Lecture, chair: Lech Trzcionkowski (Jagiellonian University)           

Guy G. Stroumsa (Martin Buber Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem), Judaism and Islam in the Mind of Europe: Studying Religion in a Secular Age       

11:30-11:50 coffee break            

11:50-13:50 I session, chair: Guy G. Stroumsa (Martin Buber Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem)        

Richard Seaford (University of Exeter), Monetisation and the Axial Age             

Matylda Amat-Obryk (Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf), Affirmation-Negation-Accommodation - Dynamics of the Development of Religions   

Mohammad Nafissi (King’s College London), Revelation, Reason, and Education in Evolutionary Islam:  Al-Afghani and the renewal of Islam as a tertiary axial civilization

Ruzana Pskhu (Russian Peoples' Friendship University), The Second "Axial Age" in Vedānta: a Religious Turn of Ramanuja's philosophy              

13:50-15:00 Lunch          

15:00-16:30 Keynote lecture, chair: Damian Barnat (Jagiellonian University/ University of Physical Education) 

Guido Vanheeswijck (University of Antwerp, University of Leuven), Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. Its genealogical context and its present significance      

16:30-17:00 coffee break            

17:00-18:30 II session, chair: Guido Vanheeswijck (University of Antwerp, University of Leuven)

Łukasz Tischner (Jagiellonian University), Charles Taylor and Varieties of Fullness          

Viktor Poletko (KU Leuven), The moral dilemmas of liberal-pluralist secularism              

Damian Barnat (Jagiellonian University/ University of Physical Education), Secularity of Western Culture and the "Postsecular Turn"        



9:00 Welcome and keynote lecture      

9:00-10:30 Keynote Lecture, chair: Joanna Malita-Król (Jagiellonian University)               

Gordon M. Burghardt (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Play and its role in the origins of religion and theological discourse    

10:30-11:00 coffee break            

11:00-12:30 III session, chair: Gordon M. Burghardt (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)  

William L. Connelly (The Catholic University of Paris), Maurice Blondel, William James, and the Changing Face of Metaphysics     

Krzysztof Mech (Jagiellonian University), The Birth of Inner Order         

Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian University), Kant, Wöllner’s Edicts, and Religious Pluralism   

12:30-14:30 Lunch          

14:30-16:00 IV session, chair: Richard Seaford (University of Exeter)    

Joanna Jurewicz (University of Warsaw), How to become perfect in the ancient India  

Bina Nir (The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel), Biblical Cosmology and Separating Man from Nature     

Tatiana G. Skorokhodova (Penza State University), Axial Age Heritage in Religious Philosophy and Culture of the Bengal Renaissance      

16:00-16:30 coffee break            

16:30-18:00 V session, chair: Krzysztof Mech (Jagiellonian University)  

Tomasz Wiśniewski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Post-Secular Regime of Historicity            

Karina Jarzyńska (Jagiellonian University), When postsecular met semi-peripheral. The case of Polish post-war culture               

Andrzej Serafin (Pedagogical University of Cracow), The Secular Fulfillment of Taubes and Heidegger 

19:00 conference dinner (optional)      






10:00 Keynote lecture 

10:00-11:30 Keynote Lecture, chair: Dominika Motak (Jagiellonian University) 

Ralph W. Hood Jr. (The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga), William James and Apparent “Neglect” of Religion     

11:30-11:50 coffee break            

11:50-13:20 VI session, chair: Ralph W. Hood Jr. (The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)  

Aleš Chalupa (Masaryk University), "Increased Affluence Theory" of the Axial Age: A Critical Evaluation            

Tomasz Sikora (Jagiellonian University), An attempt at the cybernetic interpretation of the opposition sacred/profane               

Jakub Bohuszewicz (Jagiellonian University), "Ten heads are better than one": is religion a safety zone for multiple mind?  

13:20-15:00 Lunch          

15:00-16:30 VII session, chair: Mohammad Nafissi (King’s College London)       

Emirardalam Emami (Leiden University / Aarhus University), The Evolution of Zoroastrianism in the Achaemenid Empire 

Mariusz Dobkowski (Jagiellonian University), Is Manichaean the so-called Hymn to Set (PsB 144,1-146,13) an example of the influence Gnostic Sethianism on Manichaeism? 

Dmitry A. Danilov (H. S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of NAS of Ukraine), The "Axial Age" of Somatics as a Means of Attaining Mystical Experience in Oriental and Western Esoteric Traditions of the 12-14 centuries AD

16:30 Closing of the conference