Convening 21 June 2022 Bologna
Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism: Christian Perspectives
European Academy of Religion - Bologna

Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism // One project many workshops

Pluralism is inescapable in today’s modern societies, whether it is of a cultural, social, political, or religious nature. It is praised as the defining feature of modernity and decried as  an impossible ideal. A violent backlash against pluralism has been fueled by nostalgic forces  who lament their loss of supremacy atop the social hierarchy. The Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism  convenes a team of international scholars to provide original insights on the often-ignored transformations that modern pluralism has forced upon all religions, challenging their theology and practices.

This partnership between Reset Dialogues on Civilizations (US and Italy), the University of Birmingham (UK), the Berkeley Center at Georgetown University, and the Foundation for Religious  Sciences in Bologna and Palermo (Italy), will investigate  current debates and issues on pluralism within and across religious traditions and how some of these debates are reshaping the status of  religion in different public spaces. 

In its first two years (2022-2024), the program  will examine pluralism in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Each religious tradition will be discussed in a series of workshops (or work packages) devoted to the topics specific to the respective religion. The second phase will examine and compare results by convening seminars across each religious tradition.

In June 2022, two major events will be organised in the framework of the project: Islam and Pluralism (in cooperation with the University of Birmigham) and Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism: Christian Perspectives (within the European Academy of Religion – see below).

 

THEOLOGIES AND PRACTICES OF RELIGIOUS PLURALISM: CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES
June 21st, 2022
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. 

Major historical events such as the East and West Schism or the Reformation have impacted the Christian understanding of religious diversity from the West and beyond. The creation of the Ecumenical movement(s) and the Second Vatican Council initiated shifts in thinking about religious diversity among Christians as well as the regime of truth of other religious traditions. On the other hand, we witness the  “reverse mission” of Christians (mainly Pentecostals)  from outside the West bringing back the Gospel into a secularised world. Additionally globalisation has accelerated the religious pluralism of historical Christian minorities as well as their increased visibility in Western countries (see for instance the Orthodox Diasporas or the Protestant denominations). 

 

VENUE: Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose – Sala Arancio – Via San Vitale 114, Bologna

Session I

Session on Protestantism

10:15-12:30

Chairs: Debora Spini (NYU Florence/Centro Studi Confronti) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown

University/University of Birmingham) / Giancarlo Bosetti (ResetDOC)

 

Speakers

Fulvio Ferrario (Facoltà Valdese di Teologia)

Letizia Tomassone (Facoltà Valdese di Teologia)

Christophe Chalamet (Université de Genève)

Paolo Naso (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Alessia Passarelli (ResetDOC/FSCIRE/Centro Studi Confronti)

Darrell Jackson (Whitley College, University of Divinity)

 

Session II 

Session on Orthodoxy

13:30-15:30

Chairs: Jose Casanova (Georgetown University) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown University/

University of Birmingham) 

 

Speakers

Kristina Stoeckl (Universität Innsbruck)

Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies/KU Leuven/Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Elizabeth Prodromou (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)

Cyril Hovorun (Stockholm School of Theology)

Aristotle Papanikoalou (Fordham University)

Katerina Pekridou (Conference of European Churches)

 

Session III

Session on Catholicism

15:30-17:30

Chairs: Giancarlo Bosetti (ResetDOC) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown University/University of Birmingham)

 

Speakers

Alberto Melloni (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia/FSCIRE)

Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)

Sandra Mazzolini (Pontificia Università Urbaniana)

Ilaria Macconi (FSCIRE)

Riccardo Cristiano (ResetDOC)

 

This conference has been coordinated by Alessia Passarelli in cooperation with Giancarlo Bosetti, José Casanova, Alberto Melloni, Jocelyne Cesari and Kristina Stoeckl, and is part of the European Academy of Religion (Bologna, 20-23 June 2022 – Full program: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/conference-schedule)

 

Project General Coordination:
Giancarlo Bosetti (Executive Chair Reset DOC), Jonathan Laurence (Executive Director Reset Dialogues US), Alessia Passarelli (Scientific Coordinator Reset DOC).

Steering Academic Committee:
Jocelyne Cesari (Chair), José Casanova (Co-Chair), Alberto Melloni, Mohammed Hashas, Adnane Mokrani, Kristina Stoeckl.

 

Cover Photo: JF Martin / Unsplash

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