Special Issue: Venice Seminars 2021; Free Speech, Its Primacy and Challenges This volume gathers the articles presented at the 2021 ResetDOC Venice Seminars, which were held online from May 24 to May 28, 2021. The 2021 Venice Seminars addressed the topic of “Free Speech, Its Primacy and Challenges” Editors: Alessandro Ferrara, Volker Kaul and David Rasmussen Download the pdf version here.
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An international forum and summer school, in partnership with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, on the prospects for democracy, human rights, secularism and religion across different cultures able to promote and consolidate a network of cultural, intellectual and academic relationships among senior and junior scholars in the social sciences, political theory, sociology, legal, and religious studies.
The international association Reset Dialogues on Civilizations has launched the Reset Seminars of Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa, a yearly international program on cultural and religious pluralism and political liberties. The purpose is to promote a local intellectual response to the rise of rigorist strands of Islamic thought by training 40 emerging opinion-leaders on the relationship between religion, history and power and to contribute to the reawakening of pluralistic traditions in Muslim contexts.
To open the way for a fresh and reformist reading and understanding of the Qur’an, Massimo Campanini refers to the teachings of Edmund Husserl and Enzo Paci on God’s truth not being absolute but telos, an objective, a truth to be reached as as to Egyptian philosopher Hassan Hanafi’s concept that “God is not logos but praxis”” Gos is man’s action in society and in history.
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.
ResetDOC in collaboration with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is organizing an online Summer School and Conference addressing issues concerning free speech and how its dominance in Western legal structures has shifted over time, including a comparative outlook on the question through the lens of varying cultural and religious perspectives from all over the globe.
UC Berkeley’s Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion presents a lecture by Professor Michael Walzer. The lecture will revisit the old question about tolerating the intolerant. “We have to do that, but this isn’t a simple toleration; we have a right to ask for concessions from them–some minimal conformity, especially with regard to gender and equality.” Exactly what that means, and how it might be justified, will be the subject of his lecture.