Making Sense of the Secular – Critical Perspectives from Europe to Asia Monday, Oct 1 2012 

Prof. Ranjan Ghosh edited a volume on secularism in Europe and Asia, which was published with Routledge in October 2012 as part of the Routledge Studies in Religion. Together with D. Vancea (Ovidius University, Constanta), I contributed a chapter on Eastern Europe. The book is available on the Routledge site (

“This book offers a wide range of critical perspectives on how secularism unfolds and has been made sense of across Europe and Asia. The book evaluates secularism as it exists today – its formations and discontents within contemporary discourses of power, terror, religion and cosmopolitanism – and the focus on these two continents gives critical attention to recent political and cultural developments where secularism and multiculturalism have impinged in deeply problematical ways, raising bristling ideological debates within the functioning of modern state bureaucracies.

Examining issues as controversial as the state of Islam in Europe and China’s encounters with religion, secularism, and modernization provides incisive and broader perspectives on how we negotiate secularism within the contemporary threats of terrorism and other forms of fundamentalism and state-politics. However, amidst the discussions of various versions of secularism in different countries and cultural contexts, this book also raises several other issues relevant to the antitheocratic and theocratic alike, such as: Is secularism is merely a nonreligious establishment? Is secularism a kind of cultural war? How is it related to “terror”? The book at once makes sense of secularism across cultural, religious, and national borders and puts several relevant issues on the anvil for further investigations and understanding.”

Les doctrines internationalistes durant les années du communisme réel en Europe – New Book Saturday, Jul 28 2012 

A new book, titled Les doctrines internationalistes durant les années du communisme réel en Europe was published recently by the Société de législation comparée. Edited by Emmanuelle Jouannet and Iulia Motoc, the book includes a chapter on “Church and State under Real Socialism,” which I wrote with my husband, Lucian Turcescu. This site includes more information on the volume. The book is also available on Amazon.

Book reviews in European Legacy Tuesday, Jun 26 2012 

Three reviews of three books I enjoyed reading were published in European Legacy, the journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. They are signaled here, too: They are: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Early Years by Ilan Stavans, Principles of Government and Politics in the Middle Ages by Walter Ullmann, and Stalin’s Genocides by Norman M. Naimark.

Lansare de carte la Curtea Veche Saturday, Jun 12 2010 

Whether or not you have a facebook account, you may still view pictures from our recent book launch in Bucharest by clicking on the link below.

We take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been in Bucharest on a hot June 12 showing your support.