2021 NEWS ARCHIVE

#EuARe2021. Hybrid Conference

August 9, 2021

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You can participate on-site in Münster or online. On-site the conference venue is in the centre of the city of Münster in university buildings (Fürstenberghaus, Domplatz 20-22 / "Domplatz 23" building, Domplatz 23) and takes place there in around 15 lecture and seminar rooms. Spacious meetings areas are available in the buildings and outside.

All conference rooms are equipped with professional techniques to connect on-site and online participants. 

Online participation will be possible with a  professional conference platform, which allows full participation in all keynote lectures, discussions, and panels. As online participant you use a special app and you can join all panels which you like and even have short looks only into panels. 

Also you can connect permanently to all other online participants. Then, there is every day for some hours an online meeting room, a kind of online cafeteria, in which you can walk around and talk to all the people who are also there. On-site participants can also join the possibilities of online participation. Exclusively for online participants are two drinks receptions on the evenings of 30th and 31st August.

Call for applications. 2021 Call for Research Fellowships

July 29, 2021

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FSCIRE invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships for its Bologna and Palermo centres.

 

Fellowships are established in accordance with requirements defined by the policy of FSCIRE, its agreements with the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna, the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research, and its donors.

Candidates may thereby apply for one of the following positions:

  • Junior Research Fellow (2 years, renewable). Applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last five years. The successful candidate will sign a research contract for two years, equivalent to the Italian “Assegno di ricerca junior” (which amounts to a monthly net sum of about € 1,400). The contract defines a research programme in accordance with the research lines of FSCIRE.

  • Senior Research Fellow (2 years, renewable). The Applicant’s doctoral thesis must have already been published. The successful candidate will sign a research contract for two years, equivalent to the Italian “Assegno di ricerca senior” (which amounts to a monthly net sum of about € 1,650). The contract defines a research programme in accordance with the research lines of FSCIRE.

 

Applications should be sent by August 22nd, 2021 to:

Read the call in full for more information on the fellowship, how to apply, and the evaluation process.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 5

July 20, 2021

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The sixth and last episode of the series, under the title A Digital Revolution? Ethical Implications and Interreligious Engagement, is going on take place on July 28, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

World economies are now looking to move out of the pandemic crisis. Most are deploying strategies and initiatives to reignite growth, with vaccination programs playing a major part in these efforts. As outlined by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20, “The digital revolution represents a fundamental tool to achieve prosperity and better quality of life.” Our concluding panel will look at current developments with a particular focus on interreligious engagement in the area of emerging digital technologies and artificial intelligence.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 5

July 9, 2021

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The fifth episode of the series, under the title Interfaith Initiatives to Achieve the Agenda 2030 Environmental Goals, is going on take place on July 14, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

Most faith teach their members to be good stewards of the environment. Following up on the earlier webinar on faith and environmental stewardship, this episode will focus on concrete interfaith initiatives that have raised awareness, influenced policy and inspired to do good..

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

IV International IQSA Conference. Qur'an in contact

July 2, 2021

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The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is delighted to announce the program of its fourth international conference, Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.

 

This hybrid conference will be held virtually and in person from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy)

 

At the moment of their registration, participants will be asked if they are planning to attend the event in presence. The number of spots available is limited, so make sure you note your interest!

#EuARe2021. Conference venues

June 30, 2021

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The first draft of the conference program is out.

 

If you are planning to attend the conference in presence and you are organising your travel and stay in Münster, at this link it is possible to book a reserved contingent of hotel rooms, dedicated to the participants at #EuARe2021. You might also want to note that the premises where the conference will take place are:

 

Remember that registration is required either that you are attending in presence or online: registrations are open until Sunday, August 22.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all online and on-site to another exciting edition of the EuARe conferences! 

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 4

June 28, 2021

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The fourth episode of the series, under the title Freedom of Religion or Belief to Promote Peace, Justice & Stronger Societies, is going on take place on June 30, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

As Jan Figel', former European Commission’s Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, used to say, “Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a litmus test of civil and political rights.” The correlation between FoRB, peace, and prosperity has been clearly demonstrated. Invited experts from academia, governments and multilateral organizations, churches, religious groups and civil society will discuss how FoRB can help tackle inequality, build a more inclusive global society, protect the most vulnerable, support the economy, promote women’s empowerment, ensure universal access to education.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Research news from Münster

June 21, 2021

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Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:

 

International survey on identity conflicts in Europe

International survey by Cluster of Excellence reveals division of European societies into two entrenched camps of substantial size – In Germany, one third hold opposing positions on national belonging, threat, disadvantage – “Politics should not take one side: positions should be traced back to their respective functional core, compromises sought, polarization stopped” – Most comprehensive survey on identity conflicts in Europe to date.

Read the full article here.

 

Sociologist Marc Helbling new Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor

During stay at Cluster of Excellence, Helbling to work on Islamophobia and right-wing extremism – Lecture on 8 June on Islamophobia in Western Europe

Read the full article here.

 

Hass (hate) comes from hetzen (to hound): the history of an emotion

Literary scholar sees escalation of language in public discussion over last ten years – research project on politicizations and instrumentalizations in past and present literature – history of language shows connection between Hass (hate) and hetzen (to hound) – Episode 6 of the Cluster of Excellence’s research podcast “Religion and Politics”

Read the full article here.

 

“Remembering is an integral part of Jewish life”

Cluster of Excellence’s new research podcast “Belonging or Excluded?” sheds light on 1,700 years of Jewish life – Researchers from Jewish Studies, History and Theology use pictures, manuscripts and photos to report on the everyday and religious life of Jews, as well as on their exclusion and persecution – Podcast as part of the year of celebration “2021: Jewish Life in Germany"

Read the full article here.

 

“It’s not enough to dismiss conspiracy theorists as ‘crackpots’”

International study by psychologists and political scientists explores the spread, causes and effects of conspiracy theories in Germany, Poland, Jordan – Belief in conspiracies more common in societies shaped by higher religiosity – Also more common in countries that have actually experienced conspiracies – Scepticism towards minorities and institutions is ubiquitous – Episode 7 of “Religion and Politics” research podcast

Read the full article here.

 

Fashion victims on board Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools

Moral satire about human foolishness still encourages self-knowledge 500 years after the author’s death – woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer allow us to see parallels to the graphic novel – also deals with hostility to science at a time when printing was invented – episode 5 of the Cluster of Excellence’s research podcast “Religion and Politics”

Read the full article here.

Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures

June 16, 2021

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Righteousness is a verb not a noun. This became apparent in the theological and philosophical debates in Early Modern Christianity as well as in socio-political, legal and economical discussions during that time. These two spheres of debate were closely connected in theory and in practice. Different views on a  righteous God and a righteous society resulted in debates, turmoil, plans and projects that are reflected in art and literature.

 

The Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC), in cooperation with FSCIRE and the Coram Deo Program, announce the program of the international conference 'Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures', to be held in Bologna, September 15-17, 2021.

Sixteen speakers from all around the world will explore how the issue of righteousness was dealt with in Early Modern Christianity as a period that brought about immense and long-lasting changes and brought forth inspiring individuals with innovative ideas.

Find out more here.

What Does Theology Do, Actually?

June 14, 2021

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How and why scholars study the Bible varies, not only across confessional or cultural contexts, but across institutional-academic contexts. The symposium What Does Theology Do, Actually? will not seek to resolve this ambiguity, but will approach it diagonally: experts in research on the Bible at early and advanced career stages, and from diverse socio-cultural and institutional contexts will discuss fundamental questions about the interrelations of contexts, institutions, and knowledge production in the fields of exegesis.

The symposium will be held as a digital event and hosted by the University of Bonn on Friday, July 9th, 09:00-18:30, and on Saturday, July 10th, 09:00-13:20.

Find out more here or contact Dr. Matthew Ryan Robinson, Dr. Drew Davis, and Dr. Daniel Lanzinger at: wdtd@uni-bonn.de.

Registration to the event is required but free.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: June Issue

June 12, 2021

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The IF20 and FSCIRE announce a series of upcoming events to keep in mind, with their new monthly appointment.

 

And if you didn't have the chance to join the last webinars, the summaries are now online:

Stay tuned!

 

 

REFORC. A Workshop for Scholars

June 9, 2021

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The Babeș-Bolyai University together with REFORC and the Long Reformation in Eastern Europe (1500–1800) Research Team organizes the workshop New Chances for Research on Early Modern Christianity, October 7-8, 2021, that seeks to present and discuss new projects, new possibilities for cooperation and new initiatives to support junior and senior researchers, universities, and libraries.

Individual research can usually be improved significantly if it gains support from the joint efforts of a teamwork. Yet, teamwork itself and its benefits often originate from informal networks, groups and clusters beyond the formal support of institutions, but brought together temporarily and driven by similar quests and scholarly curiosity.

The workshop in Cluj will present the many possibilities offered by the Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC) in stimulating and facilitating these collaborations.

If you are interested in attending our workshop, you are invited to apply by April 15,
2021 via https://www.reforc.com/new-chances/.

More information is available here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 3

June 1, 2021

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The third episode of the series, under the title G20 as a Driver to Reduce Poverty and Reignite Growth, is going on take place on June 9, 2021, 15:00 CEST.


At the time of the Covid-19 outbreak of last year, many hoped that social and business restrictions would last a few days or weeks. A year later, the world is mourning the loss of millions of lives while still facing the economic and social effects of the pandemic. With vaccination programs now underway, it is time to implement strategies to address poverty and reignite growth. Reducing poverty has often been a core tenet of most faiths and beliefs. In recent years, studies have shown the positive correlation of freedom of religion or belief and economic growth and prosperity. Our speakers will discuss how religious communities can be a valuable resource due to their extensive experience “on the ground.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

 

Online book presentation

May 20, 2021

On Friday, May 28, 3 pm (CEST) FSCIRE organizes an online discussion on the recently published book Friday Fish. Fasting and Christianity.

The author, Claudio Ferlan (FBK-ISIG) will explore the topic with Federico Ruozzi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia/FSCIRE).

The meeting, which is organised in the framework of PluReS (Master's Degree in Religious Pluralism and Historical Knowledge) will be held in Italian. If you are interested in participating please write to segreteria@fscire.it.

Call for application. ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents

May 20, 2021

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The call for applications for the ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents is still open!

 

The School will be hosted online by the University of Hamburg, June 15-17, 2021

 

The School will pay special attention to Jewish manuscripts. The Institute of Jewish Philosophy and Religion together with the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies offer to the starting community a well ruled system of hosting scholars and researchers as well as open access to several tools and facilities in the field of Jewish Studies. We will learn about the research infrastructure at Hamburg, gaining insight to the work of different institutions such as the Institute for the History of the German Jews, the Academy of World Religions and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC). At the CSMC we will be given the chance to visit the manuscripts labs and learn about different technologies applied to current case studies.

 

The Course is open to scholars and others affiliated with ReIReS-partners, and to max. 5 attendants from outside the consortium. Attendants from outside the consortium will pay a fee of € 150,00.

To know more about the program of the School and the call (deadline: June 1, 2021), please visit the ReIReS website.

 

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: May Issue

May 12, 2021

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As the IF20 Forum approaches, more and more preparatory meetings and thematic webinars take place.

The IF20 and FSCIRE are pleased to share the results of the activities held over the last month:

  • the joint IF20-ACLARS webinar on the role of faith based communities in the African COVID-19 response and vaccination effort, which took place on April 20th and April 27th;

  • the webinar Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities, organised by the IF20 working group on Research and Innovation for Science, Technology and Infrastructure on May 5th;

  • the first episode of the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit, which was held on May 6th and was devoted to the topic of (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The summaries of the meetings are also available in Italian at the FSCIRE website.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 2

May 12, 2021

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The second episode of the series, under the title The Gift of Our World: Faith and Environmental Stewardship, is going on take place on May 19, 2021, 15:00 CEST.


For people of faith, our planet is a gift from God. It is our home as we travel through our own life’s journey. As such, it deserves to be respected and cared for. Unfortunately, society has downplayed these simple truths to the advantage of other goals or priorities for too long and now the Earth is asking for our attention. This webinar will explore the religious dimension of environmental stewardship as well as existing initiatives that advocate for a more environmentally responsible economy.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Research news from Münster

May 12, 2021

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Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:

 

Protestant parliamentarians not predominantly left-wing

According to researchers, a long-term perspective shows that Protestant parliamentarians cover the entire political spectrum and are by no means predominantly left-wing. “The cliché of the bearded clergyman at anti-nuclear demonstrations, for example, is in need of revision. Although party affiliation has moved a little towards a more social-democratic and green outlook during the past 170 years, it would be going too far to speak of a red-green turn in the spirit of 1968”, explain social ethicist Arnulf von Scheliha and theologian Uta Elisabeth Hohmann, who are researching the parliamentary activities of Protestant theologians from the 19th century to the present day.

Read the full article here.

 

Cluster of Excellence’s new research podcast “Belonging or Excluded?” sheds light on 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany

According to Jewish scholars, remembering one’s own history, as is the case in the nationwide year of celebration “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, has always been an integral part of Jewish life. “Jewish culture has always had a close relationship with its own history, and not only since the Shoah, and is strongly defined by its collective memory”, say Jewish scholars Regina Grundmann and Katrin Kogman-Appel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. They were speaking at the start of the Cluster podcast series “Belonging or Excluded? 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”.

Read the full article here.

 

“A database for the future” - Religious scholar Perry Schmidt-Leukel on the late Swiss theologian Hans Küng

Not only a critic of the pope and the church: the religious scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel pays tribute in an article to the work of the well-known Swiss theologian Hans Küng to mark his death on 6 April. Küng was concerned above all with “what is actually still credible about the Christian faith today”. He also created “foundations for dialogue between the world’s religions that are far from being exhausted today”.

Read the full article here.

 

“Not only at Easter: all religions are concerned with life after death”

According to scholars, ideas of life after death, as Christians celebrate at Easter in their belief in the resurrection, shape many religions. “Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists have also developed diverse concepts of the afterlife – as an answer to the great human question: Is there something after death? And, if so, what?”, says the religious studies scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

 

Research project on radicalisation among Muslims acquired

As part of its funding line “Social Causes and Effects of Radical Islam in Germany and Europe”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded €1.46 million to Mouhanad Khorchide (Islamic Religious Education), Detlef Pollack and Olaf Müller (Sociology of Religion), and Levent Tezcan (Social Science Research on Islam in 20th- and 21st-century Europe) to pursue their research project “Resentment as the affective foundations of radicalization”.

Read the full article here.

 

“Mount Olympus: populated by gods, but devoid of humans”

On Mount Olympus: according to Greek mythology, the celebrated mountain massif was populated by gods; according to archaeologists, though, it was in real life almost entirely devoid of humans for thousands of years. “The highest mountain in the country has thus been from antiquity to the present day a site for the projection of an unusually large number of human imaginings and appropriations – religious, political, pop-cultural”, says archaeologist Achim Lichtenberger from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

 

First episode of the “Religion and Politics” podcast – survey on corona and social cohesion

Despite the Corona pandemic and restrictions on contact, people in Germany are continuing to show solidarity and togetherness, according to a survey by the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. In the non-representative online survey from July 2020 to January 2021, 63% of the good 2,300 respondents say that they show more solidarity and helpfulness in their everyday lives during the pandemic. Also, 45% feel more (and only 17% less) connected to their fellow human beings despite the restrictions on physical contact, as political scientist Carolin Hillenbrand from the Cluster of Excellence explains in the new Cluster podcast “Religion and Politics” (in German).

Read the full article here.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities

May 4, 2021

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How will artificial intelligence transform society? Join the G20 Interfaith Forum working group on Innovation for Science, Technology and Infrastructure in an online discussion on addressing challenges and capturing the opportunities.

The discussion, moderated by Branka Marijan (Project Ploughshares), will be joined by Peter Asaro (New School in New York City), Kanta Dihal (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge), John Markoff (Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University), Illah Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University), Selma Šabanovic (Indiana University).

The webinar will be held on May 5, 2021, 15.00-16.00 CESTYou are welcomed to register here.

Call for Papers. The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity

April 30, 2021

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January 26th-28th 2022, the conference The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity. Voices & Fruits will be held in Rome. The organizers, Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and REFORC, welcome paper proposals on related topics.

The conference centers around two main topics: voices and fruits and concentrates geographically on Italy, Northwest Germany and The Netherlands.

The conference is interdisciplinary and comparative regarding various geographical and confessional positions. Papers may be in English, German or Italian. Publication of the proceedings of the conference is intended.

Applications are welcome before June 1, 2021. For application go here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series

April 30, 2021

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The Baha’i International Community, the European Evangelical Alliance, the European Platform Against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, the King Hamad Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Co-existence at the Sapienza University of Rome, the Study Center and Magazine Confronti, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - European Union & International Affairs Office, the University of Siena, and the World Faith Development Dialogue, in cooperation with the G20 Interfaith Forum Association and FSCIRE, are organising the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit.

The series will touch on the main themes of this year's G20 Summit that will take place in Rome, October 30-31. The overall objective of the webinar series is to bring together government and religious leaders, experts and officials from multilateral organizations, civil society, and academic institutions to share knowledge and inform on current issues, trends and initiatives addressing the contribution of faith and religious organizations in achieving the priorities set by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20 Summit: people, planet, prosperity. Each priority will be further discussed looking at the contribution of religion as a builder of social capital, and the many ways religious communities and institutions contribute across the entire spectrum of society. A final report highlighting the main ideas and outcomes from each of the webinars will be published at the end of the series.

The first episode of the series, under the title (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, is going on take place on May 6, 2021, 15:00 CEST. All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

 

REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

April 26, 2021

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From May 6 to May 8, 2021, the Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest will host the Tenth Annual REFORC conference on Early Modern Christianity.

 

The conference will explore three major thematic perspectives in the plenary lectures:

Long Reformation and Historical Writing;

Social History and the Benefits of Long Reformation;

Multimediality and Fine Arts.

Plenary speakers are Gabriella Gilány (Budapest), James Kelly (Durham), Erica Kiss (Budapest), Volker Leppin (Tübingen), Alec Ryrie (Durham),  Zsombor Tóth (Budapest), and Anna Vind (Copenhagen).

The conference will take place as a hybrid event: it can be attended both in-person and virtually. You can indicate your preference in the registration form. If you have already registered, we will ask you about your preference. Registration closes on May 5, 2021.

Research Project Presentation: The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden

April 23, 2021

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On Thursday, April 29, 17:00 CEST Prof. Anna Wainwright (University of New Hampshire) and Dr. Eleonora Cappuccilli (University of Oslo), in cooperation with FSCIRE, will present the research project The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden. Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy.

European and American scholars have lately uncovered the extraordinary surge of women writers and philosophers in Early Modern Italy (1350–1700), a number that by far surpasses that of women writers in other countries during the Renaissance. In the same period, Birgitta of Sweden’s literary oeuvre circulated widely in Italy. Latin manuscripts of Birgitta’s work Revelaciones (Celestial Revelations) were copied in Italian scriptoria, translated into Italian vernacular, incorporated in compilations, and printed in Latin and Italian editions. However, the legacy of Birgitta’s extensive literary production and its possible impact on female writers and intellectuals in Renaissance Italy has hitherto not been explored.

The presentation will be held online. All those interested in participating can register themselves by writing to segreteria@fscire.it.

The project, organized by the University of Oslo and directed by Prof. Unn Falkeid (Alberigo Award 2019, Senior Category), is funded by the Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO).

#EuARe2021. Registration is open

April 16, 2021

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We are happy to announce that the registration for the conference is now open.​

 

You can register for #EuARe2021 from Friday, April 16th to Sunday, August 22nd.

As in previous years, there will be different registration periods and special conference rates for EuARe members.

Due to the prolonged COVID-19 related emergency, we are planning two different scenarios: a hybrid conference (online and on-site in Münster) and a full online conference (as a kind of backdoor in case the pandemic does not allow on-site panels and lectures). For both forms of participation (online or on-site) you have to register with a conference fee.

Please, visit the dedicated page for more details about the registration process and fees.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: Joint ACLARS and IF20 Webinar

April 16, 2021

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IF20 and Fscire invite you to the webinar The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Communities in the African COVID-19 Response which will take place on Tuesday, April 20th, 16:30 CEST.

Carlos Dos Santos (Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to the United States), Ramsey Day (Former Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development), Sister Barbara Brillant (Dean of Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia), Rahma Gulam (Acting Executive Director of Muslims for Human Rights, Kenya), and Francis Kuria Kagema (Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace, Kenya) will engage in the conversation moderated by Esha Faki Mwinyihaji (Masemo University, Kenya).

 

The webinar is organised in the framework of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 (Bologna, 12-14 September 2021).

Registrations are open: save your spot!

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: First Peoples, First Racism

April 12, 2021

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On Monday, March 29, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a first webinar organized by its Anti-Racism Initiative. Panelists included Leah Gazan of the Canadian Parliament (Lakota Nation); Professor Michalyn Steele of Brigham Young University Law School (Seneca Nation); Romeo Saganash, Quebec’s first Indigenous Member of Parliament (Cree); and Ja:no’s Bowen, Seneca Language Department Director for the Allegany Territory (Seneca Nation). The event highlighted the critical issues that face leaders and communities at every level in countering the scourge of racism. In focusing on the North American legacies and present, the harsh realities of discrimination and the courage of those who face it, the speakers pointed towards responsibilities and possible actions, thus foreshadowing analytic and policy directions for the G20 Interfaith Forum that will be held in Bologna, Italy, September 12-14, 2021.

To know more about the event, you can read this brief summary (ITA/ENG) or watch the recording of the webinar.

International Qur’anic Studies Association: Call for Papers

April 1, 2021

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The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its fourth international conference from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy). The conference will welcome papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the Qur’anic text encouraging in particular papers that will explore the theme Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.

 

The Palermo IQSA Conference Committee welcomes proposals of single papers as well as panels that gather selected speakers invited by the proponent to present on a specific topic.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their abstracts to the attention of Dr. Alba Fedeli at iqsa2021@fscire.it, by April 23, 2021. The organizing committee will send a notification of acceptance for abstracts on May 16, 2021.

Read the call for papers in full here.

Exploring Contemporary Shi'ism in European and Middle Eastern contexts:  A Glance at the Recent Evolutions of Shi’ism in the Region

April 1, 2021

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The Sapienza University of Rome, Research Centre for Cooperation with Eurasia, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa (CEMAS), Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V” Observatory on the Mediterranean (OSMED) and the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies ASPS's for the Virtual Events series n. V., are proud to invite you to the online study day on Shi'ism in Europe: Exploring Contemporary Shi’ism in European and Middle Eastern Contexts: A Glance at the Recent Evolutions of Shi'ism in the Region. 

 

Held online on April 9th, 2021 from 10:00 to 17:00

The complete program can be found here.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: First Peoples, First Racism

March 20, 2021

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IF20 and Fscire invite you to the webinar First Peoples, First Racism: a discussion with first nation and indigenous leaders which will take place on Monday, March 29, 1-2.30 pm EST (7-8.30 pm CEST).

Leah Gazan, MP (Winnipeg Centre, Manitoba), Michalyn Steele (Professor of Law at Brigham Young University), Ja:no's Bowen (Language Department Director, Allegany Territory, Seneca Nations), Romeo Saganash (Former Director of Cree-Quebec Relations), and Claudette Commanda (Professor of Law at Ottawa University) will engage in the conversation moderated by Christina Tobias-Nahi, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA.

 

The webinar is organised in the framework of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 (Bologna, 12-14 September 2021).

Registrations are open: save your spot!

#EuARe2021. General Assembly

March 19, 2021

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The next EuARe General Assembly will be held on June 18, 2021, at 3 pm CET, in a virtual room of the Zoom platform.

A detailed agenda and the information about the zoom link will be sent at least 30 days before the Assembly. Members that are willing to propose a discussion topic for the Assembly should communicate it to the Secretariat (euare.bo@gmail.com) by April 18, 2021.

We look forward to meeting all our members there!

Religious minorities at the margins

March 12, 2021

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The University of Milan is organising a webinar on the topic: Religious minorities at the margins: religious diversity in Italy between law and politics. The webinar will be held on Zoom, May 6, 10:00 CET.

The meeting aims at examining the situation of belief and religious minorities, which are at the margins of the Italian society and its legal system. Through an analysis, that also covers the historical, political and sociological profiles of the issue, speakers and participants will discuss how well the Italian legal system is able to respect and promote the rights of religious and belief organizations, including the smallest and newest ones. The debate will also put under scrutiny the capacity of the Italian legal system to include the smallest and most controversial religious minorities and the best strategies to achieve this goal.

The coordinators of the event are Cristiana Cianitto and Silvio Ferrari.

More information about the program of the event and how to register are available here.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: COVID Vaccination Challenges

March 12, 2021

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IF20 presents the webinar COVID Vaccination Challenges: Ethical Imperatives and Local Realities, organized on February 24 by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University in collaboration with IF20, Fscire and other partners.

 

Mohamed Elsanousi (Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers), Sister Sharon Eubank (LDS Charities), and Gerard McGlone, S.J. (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs) discussed the challenges posed by immunization plans worldwide and reflected on the role that faith communities can play in response to these issues.

 

The meeting was moderated by the Vice President of the IF20, Katherine Marshall.

To know more about the event, you can read this brief summary (ITA/ENG) or watch the recording of the webinar.

JDR Special Issue: Vulnerability and Power

March 3, 2021

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The EuARe is pleased to share the news of the recent publishing of the volume: Vulnerability and Religion.

 

A special issue of the Journal of Disability and Religion, the volume collects the contributions originally planned for the panel Theologies of disability: the power of vulnerability to be held at the EuARe conference 2020.

The editorial for this issue is available in open access here.

Congratulations to our fellow colleagues!

#EuARe2021. Extended deadlines

February 26, 2021

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We are happy to inform you that panel and AMC submission deadlines for #EuARe2021 have been delayed. We will continue receiving your submissions until Friday, April 30th, 2021 (GMT+1, 23:59). Please, take a look at the call for any details.

 

Starting from February 1st, 2021 we have also opened the call for papers. Please, remember that papers can only be submitted with open call panels. Here below you will find the complete list of accepted proposals. All those interested in presenting paper proposals can scroll the list available on this page, find the right panel and send their proposal by clicking on SUBMIT YOUR PAPER: panel proponents will receive your submissions directly.​ The call for papers will end on Monday, May 31st, 2021.

 

We also remind you that panel proponents will be able to make further adjustments to the general setting of their sessions. Changes to the panel duration are possible, but not guaranteed. The deadline for sending the final list of speakers, including their full names and affiliations, and the titles of their contributions is Monday, May 31st, 2021.

RESILIENCE. TUA Webinar on Early Modern Studies

February 23, 2021

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The period 1450-1650 demonstrates intellectual, cultural, political and societal changes that mainly resulted from religious changes and that have become decisive for Europe’s situation today. The split in the Christian church – initiated by Martin Luther – into a catholic and a protestant camp caused a southern Europe mainly characterized by Catholicism and a northern Europe largely dominated by Protestantism. The fact that in the Early Modern period Catholic and Protestant rulers joined forces against the spread of the Ottoman Empire, is one of the causes of a more multireligious situation in south-eastern Europe. These facts underline the need for interdisciplinary research on the Early Modern era.

On March 17, 2021 (6-7 p.m. CET), Prof. Dr. Herman J. Selderhuis, Dean of the Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn (TUA), will present the question during the webinar Early Modern Studies as a Key to Understanding the Religious Situation in Europe Today.

 

You are all invited to participate!

More information about the webinar and how to register is available here.

Call for applications. Fscire PhD Programme 2021-2024

February 15, 2021

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Fscire is offering three posts, of which at least one with a scholarship, in the fields of the history of religions, exegesis, and theology for the three-year PhD course (2021-2024) at the «Giuseppe Alberigo» European School for Advanced Religious Studies.

 

The call is open to candidates of any nationality holding a Master’s degree – or equivalent advanced degree qualificationr ecognised by the Italian academic system – in fields relating to the subjects of the specialisation course and obtained before 30 September 2021.

 

Candidates, less than 26 years of age as of 1 October 2021, may apply for the scholarship.

 

The application and all additional documents must be sent or delivered by hand to the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School’s secretariat (via San Vitale 114, 40125 Bologna, Italy) by 31 May 2021. The postmark or courier service stamp will serve as proof of the date of dispatch. Applicants are strongly advised to send an electronic copy of their application form and all additional documents in .pdf format (email address: altascuola@fscire.it), in addition to the hard copy which must, however, reach the School’s secretariat before the deadline indicated.

 

For more information please visit the section of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies at this link.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: A Time to Heal

February 12, 2021

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From September 12 to September 14, Bologna and Fscire will host the 2021 edition of the G20 Interfaith Forum, a network of institutions linked through religions that contribute ideas and recommendations in response to global issues.

 

The central theme around which the activities and discussions of IF20 2021 will converge is A Time to Heal. Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions, inspired by a biblical verse from Ecclesiastes.

In this video, Alberto Melloni, Secretary of Fscire and Chairman of the Italian Organising Committee, and Susanna Mancini, professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna School of Law, introduce the Forum and its topic.

To know more about the G20 Interfaith Forum, visit www.g20interfaith.org.

More information about the programme of the Forum and how to participate and will follow: stay tuned!

Research news from Münster

February 12, 2021

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Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:

 

Society doesn’t really care about people like me

People who perceive their own social group as disadvantaged are more dissatisfied with democracy than others, tend to see migrants as a threat, and are more likely to vote for the AfD. These are the findings of a study from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster.

Read the full article here.

 

Jan Assmann: „Internet unsuitable as a means to store cultural memory“

According to cultural scientist Jan Assmann, the Internet fails to fulfil important functions in the cultural memory of societies. “First of all, it is not suitable as a means to store cultural memory because it is unreliable”, says the Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

 

Jan Assmann: „Nationalisms and religion fuse in authoritarian regimes“

Nationalism and religion are increasingly uniting in authoritarian states around the world, according to renowned cultural scientist and Blumenberg professor Jan Assmann. “Putin’s Russia, Erdogan’s Turkey, Modi’s India, Netanyahu’s Israel, Duda’s Poland, Orban’s Hungary, and even Trump’s USA are examples of this tendency in anti-democratic, authoritarian regimes”, said Assmann at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” on Tuesday evening.

Read the full article here.

 

New network for African research related to religion

An international network for African research related to religion at the Cluster of Excellence will start next week with a conference on Islam as a source of political mobilization in Mali. Anthropologist Dorothea Schulz and Souleymane Diallo from the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Münster have invited researchers from Africa, Europe, and the USA to look at the influence of Muslim actors on the legitimization of political rule in Mali.

Read the full article here.

 

New newsletter published

The latest newsletter of the Cluster of Excellence has been published. It informs about the annual theme and about research results, personalities and publications.

Read the full article here.

 

Jan Assmann is the new Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor

The cultural scientist and Egyptologist Jan Assmann is the new Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, where he will focus on the effects of digitalization on his concept of cultural memory and on the relationship between religion and culture from Ancient Egypt to early forms of Judaism, and to Christianity in the modern era.

Read the full article here.

 

Germany and the Idea of Belonging in Colonialism and Human Rights Activism

This lecture by historian Lora Wildenthal from Rice University traces themes of belonging, gender, and rights in two arenas of German interaction with the world: colonialism and human rights activism. Debates among Germans in the era of Germany’s colonial empire about how to classify people in terms of “race” rested on ideas of gender. These are briefly compared to racial classification ideas in the French colonial case.

Read the full article here.

#EuARe2021. Keynote Lectures

February 1, 2021

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We are pleased to announce the names of the EuARe2021 Keynote Lecturers.

 

Plenary sessions will host:

  • Azza Karam (Religions for Peace)

  • Vassilis Saroglou (UCLouvain)

  • Guy Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Rowan Williams (University of Cambridge)

  • Judith Wolfe (University of St. Andrews)

 

More information about the keynote lectures will be announced over the next months at this page https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/keynote-lectures and on our social media profiles.