DialoguePerspectives | Podcast – Episode 8

In this episode, Gil Shohat spoke to our participant Svea M. Schnaars, a third-time participant in the DialoguePerspectives programme. They discussed her experiences as a self-proclaimed atheist in our interreligious-worldview programme as well as the necessary boundaries for conducting respectful and forward-oriented dialogue between participants of manifold backgrounds. Svea also shared some insights from her research in the last years, examining the relationship between Scientism, Critical Theory, as well as Poststructuralism in the context of the debate surrounding the “New Atheism” movement in the early 2000s. In this context, Svea explicitly underscored the importance of interreligious-worldview dialogue for non-believers like herself.

Svea M. Schnaars holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Cultural Studies from the University of Bremen. She is currently pursuing her MA in Social Sciences at the University of Oldenburg. Svea is furthermore recipient of a student-scholarship of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and is furthermore active in fields of LGBTQI+ – rights, feminism and educational justice.

We hope you enjoy the conversation!

As always, you can listen to this episode via Apple Podcasts, Spotify & Buzzsprout.

Speakers:Gil Shohat, Svea M. Schnaars
Audio-Edit: Gal Yaron Mayersohn
Music: Viktor Rosengrün
Editor: Gil Shohat
Project Leadership: Jo Frank, Johanna Korneli
“DialoguePerspectives | Podcast” is an initiative of the Leo Baeck Foundation. | © 2021 DialoguePerspectives

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˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant