How do social, religious and political communities foster genuine and lasting reconciliation? What are the viable paths to achieving reconciliation: by way of civil society and social movements, or via diplomacy, truth commissions and official declarations? And is there a complementary role for theology in the process of reconstructing identity? Comparing theories, experiences and best practices, this international conference will aim at generating useful insights and concrete policy recommendations for all stakeholders involved in sensitive reconciliation processes at different latitudes.
- ResetDOC in collaboration with Beit Al Hikma, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is organizing the 2022 Carthage Seminars and Summer School. This year’s theme will address the issues relating to the difficulties faced by Middle Eastern and North African countries in establishing social change. More than a decade has passed since the Jasmine Revolution and many MENA countries are still struggling to successfully implement economic and social reform. The added struggles imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin have exacerbated the external conditions needed to guarantee stability and economic growth in the region. The Seminars and Summer School will attempt to look at the current challenges and analyze what future obstacles, such as Climate Change, may get in the way of development and try and determine what the path forward may be.
- A conference of the Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism pluralism, organized in the framework of the European Academy of Religion – Bologna. The panel is composed of three sessions, respectively dedicated to Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism – addressing the theologies and practices of intercultural and interreligious encounters within each Christian tradition.
- The official launch of the Islam and pluralism work package of the Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism project, to be held at the University of Birmingham on June 14-15, 2022.
- ResetDOC in collaboration with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is organizing the 2022 Venice Seminars and Summer School. This year’s theme will address the issues relating to the need to protect the most vulnerable in society against the ravages of Covid-19, climate change and recent financial crises and rising inflation. This precarious context signals the powerful return of the state. After decades of globalization and the ascendancy of markets, multinationals and civil society, national governments have reemerged as critical actors. The state is seen as the last recourse against extreme income inequality and against challenges to individual freedoms emanating from cultural-religious realms.
- This conference, organized in collaboration with the University of Florida. will look at whether populism has run its course or whether it’s just waiting on the sidelines for the opportune conditions for its return. The electoral defeat of Donald Trump and his removal as President of the US, as well as the weakening of support for several other populist governments and movements, may well mark a change in the direction of political dynamics globally. However, nothing is yet irrevocably decided.
- Can there be common ground when political narratives and basic truths collide, replacing rationality? With polarized rhetoric on the rise, can democratic degeneration still be reversed? What once seemed like a distant challenge now threatens the stability of our centuries-old institutions. Where political dialogue becomes impracticable, deliberative democracy is imperiled. A concerted effort is needed to guide public discussion and conquer the temptation to retreat or abstain. Through a day-long international conference jointly organized with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, we aim to define an agenda to craft solutions for overcoming the biggest threats to our public discourse.
- Join us online for a momentous virtial roundtable on Friday 11 March at 12pm EST / 6pm CET – With José Casanova, Craig Calhoun, Sean Golden, Andrea Graziosi, Shada Islam, Marlene Laruelle, Mikhail Minakov
- A dark air of impending war hangs once again over Eastern Europe. As Russia amasses thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border and brings its demands for NATO “security guarantees” to a new level, there is fear that the situation on the ground may escalate at any time into open military confrontation. This panel, featuring world-renowned experts on post-Soviet geopolitics, will seek to unpack those very underlying conditions, and find out if and how there is any room to be had for political compromise.
- Relationships among national and international institutions and religious organizations and communities color politics, governance expectations, and daily life in much of the world. The upheavals of the COVID-19 crisis have cast new light on perennial issues of ethics and belief fundamental for institutions and processes of governance. As we move into an unsettling post-COVID-19 era, global religious and interfaith networks aspire to revitalized roles in advancing global agendas. Many questions will arise along the path, including how religious ideals are framed and how contested questions—theological, philosophical, and practical—are to be addressed.