Who are we ? CIERL

The Observatory of Religion and Secularism is a project of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Religions and Secularism (CIERL), a major Center of Research and Education at the University of Brussels. With dozens of top researchers specializing in religion and free thought, the CIERL is an internationally recognized Research Center in this field. It is accredited by the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) as one of the ten reference laboratories in the Humanities within French Speaking Belgium.

The CIERL gathers in a multidisciplinary perspective historians, anthropologists, philosophers, art historians, philologists..., promoting basic and applied research as well as expertise and reflection. It organizes seminars and international conferences, publishes an internationally known journal (Problèmes d’Histoire des Religions), a review that echoes research conducted within it  (Le Figuier), and the series Spiritualités et Pensées Libres published by the Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.

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Fragments of Heaven on Earth. Studying devotionalia
When does an object become religiously m...
Religion and Secularism in the European Union
ORELA is proud to announce the release...
Les bases neurales du sentiment religieux
Il y a une vingtaine d’années, au moment...
Le pastafarisme, fake cult et vrais enjeux
Lorsqu’en 2005, Bobby Henderson affirme ...
Diplomatie européenne et liberté de religion
L’Union européenne a pris ces dernières ...