The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has a strong and longstanding expertise on secular thought, in historical as well as contemporary perspectives. This is rooted in the basic principle of the university, the principle of free inquiry (vrij onderzoek), which unites scientists from the exact and human sciences alike. The newly established Secular Studies Association Brussel (SSAB) unites the academics as the Center for the Study of the Enlightenment and Free Thought once did. The present core of the new research group is still to be found in the humanities, with researchers from the departments of history, philosophy, the law faculty and the faculty of psychology and education. We warmly welcome contributions made by other disciplines. As such our approach to secular studies is purposely broad.
We are convinced that research into the growing group of seculars in society should become a spearhead of our university, able to collaborate on an equal footing with analogous foreign researchers and institutes. These collaborations or partnerships can provide a platform able to connect with a society that is increasing in diversity, but where the, broadly defined, secular profile is still little known.
Retirement as prof dr emeritus of Johan StuyLast Friday, the colleagues of ETHU organised an event to celebrate the retirement as emeritus of our member Johan Stuy. Memories and appeciation of his longstanding carreer as an ethicist at our university were shared amicably!
The Dispersed Heritage of Belgian secular Periodicals (1850-1940) - project launchDuring the second semester of the academic year 2022-2023, MA History student Nyala Nauwelaers is assisting some members of our research group with the retrieval of the whereabouts of the Belgian freethinker periodicals in the various archival institutions across Belgium.
Eutopia incoming mobility: Anton JanssonDr. Anton Jansson of University of Gothenburg, co-director of the ISHASH network, was connected to SSAB as a guest researcher and visited our group in Brussels.
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Open lecture: The Intellectual History of Atheism in Sweden
This lecture, by dr. Anton Jansson, is held as part of the course on the history of freethought and secular humanism in Belgium in the postgraduate program Praktisch Humanisme. dr. Jansson holds this lecture as part of his stay in SSAB in the framework of a Eutopia Alliance exchange.
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Inaugurale lezing Verhaegen-leerstoel VUB-ULB 2023: The Genesis of the 1723 Constitutions of the Free-Masons
Graag nodigen we U uit op de VUB-ULB Verhaegen-leerstoel 2023, getiteld The Genesis of the 1723 Constitutions of the Free-Masons