Click the star to add/remove an item to/from your individual schedule.
You need to be logged in to avail of this functionality, and to see the links to virtual rooms.

Accepted Paper:

Christian Heritage and Its Others: Culturalised Religion, Islam and Confessional Christianity in the Netherlands  
Daan Beekers (University of Edinburgh)

Paper short abstract:

The articulation of Christian heritage in Europe entails antagonist stances towards religious communities, not just Muslim but also Christian ones. Examining two differently politicised expressions of culturalised Christianity in the Netherlands, I show how both are driven by desires for belonging.

Paper long abstract:

The re-articulation of Christian religion as national or European culture has emerged as a widespread trend in current debates about religion in Europe. This has important implications for processes of inclusion and exclusion, since, if Europe is defined in terms of its Christian heritage and identity, the question arises who is being excluded from that symbolic realm.

Taking up this question, this paper focuses on the Netherlands, a country that is at once characterised by widespread anti-religious sentiments and a growing re-orientation on Christian heritage and culture in public and political debates. The paper examines two different expressions of what can be termed ‘culturalised Christianity’: the mobilisation of Christian identity in populist politics and the embrace of Christian heritage in debates about closed and re-purposed church buildings.

Exploring the similarities and differences between these expressions, I demonstrate that the culturalisation of Christianity in the Netherlands comes with antagonist stances towards confessional religious communities, not just Muslim but also Christian ones. I further argue that while these manifestations of what can be termed identitarian Christianity and heritage Christianity differ in important ways, they share an underlying desire for rearticulating a sense of self and belonging with reference to a presumed collective past.

Panel Irre08b
Taking responsibility for the past: heritage ethics in an era of cultural protectionism II
  Session 1 Friday 2 April, 2021, -