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!
˝Thanks to DialoguePerspectives I have encountered inspiring people who have expanded, and also completely changed, my understanding of religion, engagement, and encounter. The interdisciplinarity of the programme combined with the high standards everyone holds each other to have made DialoguePerspectives a formative experience for me.
Till, DialoguePerspectives participant