Category Archives: Seminars

Call for Presentations: “Music and Islam”

IV UskoMus symposium: ”Music and Islam”
Cultural Centre Stoa, Helsinki 10 November 2016

Call for Presentations

UskoMus* Research Network (uskomus.com) will organise its next one-day symposium with the theme ”Music and Islam”, with islamologist Jonas Otterbeck (Lund University) as a guest speaker. The symposium will be followed by a public discussion and a concert celebrating the 25-year career of the Turkish-Finnish band Nefes (nefes.fi <http://nefes.fi/>), supported by Senegalese Pape Sarr, Rane Diallo, Ismaila Sane and Ousseynou Mbaye, and with an emphasis on Sufi musical practices.
UskoMus hereby invites proposals for symposium presentations, whether in the form of conventional academic papers or more experimental delivery. All topics associated with the general theme are welcome, but please note that the number of presentations is limited. The 200–300-word abstracts should be sent to uskomus.network@gmail.com no later than 30 September 2016; notifications of acceptance will be sent by 14 October.

There will be no conference fee but no free lunches either.

The language of the symposium will be English. The symposium is organised in collaboration with City of Helsinki Cultural Centre Stoa (stoa.fi <http://stoa.fi/>), Etnosoi! Festival (etnosoi.fi<http://etnosoi.fi/>) and Global Music Centre (globalmusic.fi <http://globalmusic.fi/>), Music Archive JAPA (musiikkiarkisto.fi <http://musiikkiarkisto.fi/>) and the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology (etnomusikologia.fi <http://etnomusikologia.fi/>). For further information, please consult UskoMus website (uskomus.com <http://uskomus.com/>) oruskomus.network@gmail.com <mailto:uskomus-network@gmail.com>.

Welcome to the symposium!

On behalf of UskoMus,
Antti-Ville Kärjä
*) “uskomus” = a belief, a shibboleth; “usko” = faith, confidence; “mus(iikki)” = mus(ic)

Una spiritualità post-secolare

Una spiritualità post-secolare

Padova, 6 giugno 2016

 

Incontro di studio con il sociologo Luigi Berzano e il teologo Giovanni Trabucco,

promosso dalle specializzazioni in teologia spirituale di Fttr e Ftis.

 

 

Si svolgerà quest’anno nella sede padovana l’appuntamento che unisce le specializzazioni in teologia spirituale di Padova e Milano nell’approfondimento di alcuni temi cruciali per il nostro tempo. Una spiritualità post-secolare è il titolo dell’incontro di studio proposto lunedì 6 giugno (Padova, Istituto teologico Sant’Antonio dottore, via San Massimo 25, ore 9.30-13) dal biennio di specializzazione in teologia spirituale della Facoltà teologica del Triveneto e dal Centro studi di spiritualità della Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale.

Sul tema interverranno Luigi Berzano (sociologo, Università di Torino), con una relazione dal titolo Una spiritualità post-secolare. Provocazioni per il credente, e Giovanni Trabucco (teologo, Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale-Milano) su Pensiero a-teologico e fede in Dio.

 

Per le scienze delle religioni la spiritualità è oggi, ancor più che religione, una categoria interpretativa delle profonde trasformazioni che la secolarizzazione continua a produrre sia nella scena pubblica che nella sfera personale degli individui. Nelle società contemporanee si moltiplicano nuove forme di spiritualità al di fuori delle grandi tradizioni religiose, con un distacco tra religioni organizzate e spiritualità individuali e con la sperimentazione di altri alfabeti del religioso.

In particolare, il sociologo Luigi Berzano, nel suo ultimo volume Spiritualità senza Dio? apre il nuovo campo di ricerca sulle spiritualità sia di individui che dichiarano di non appartenere a nessuna religione sia di individui che, pur appartenendo a una religione, hanno uno stile di vita che non discende dalla propria tradizione religiosa e vivono parte della loro vita come se Dio non ci fosse, nell’imitazione, spesso, di tendenze, mode, soggetti significativi, mass media. Questa prospettiva entrerà in dialogo con quella della teologia fondamentale, espressa da Giovanni Trabucco, nell’articolazione del nesso tra fede nel vangelo e verità dell’umano, che interroga l’esistenza nella sua ricerca di Dio, nella “perdita” della fede, nello stile di vita cristiano.

 

Per informazioni sul seminario, rivolto particolarmente ai docenti di spiritualità: tel. 049-8200711, email segreteria.spiritualita@fttr.itwww.itsad.it

 

 

 

Symposium: Art Approaching Science and Religion, 12 May 2016, Turku

We warmly welcome you to the symposium Art Approaching Science and
Religion, organized by the Donner Institute and the knowledge
laboratory AmosLAB. The symposium aims at bringing together the fields
of art, science and religion. The lectures are free of charge.

How can science and religion be explored from the perspective of the arts?

Thursday, 12 May 2016 at the Sibelius Museum
Biskopsgatan 17, Åbo/Turku, Finland

08.45 Opening of the Symposium

09.00 Kent Bloomer: “[The Greeks] called it KOSMOS which means ornament”
Response: Pauline von Bonsdorff

11.00 Melissa Raphael: The Creation of Beauty by its Destruction:
Idoloclasm in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Art
Response: Ruth Illman

12.30 Lunch (at own cost)

14.00 Serafim Seppälä: The Temple of Non-Being
Response: Catharina Raudvere

16.00 Mark C. Taylor: The Aesthetic Turn
Response: Esa Saarinen

17.30 Concluding remarks

Welcome!

Organizers: The Donner Institute, AmosLAB, The Hjelt Foundations

Symposium website: http://www.amoslab.fi/?page_id=214

The event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1119482044782732

RSRC event – Islamophobia in Australia

Western Sydney University

School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Religion and Society Research Cluster

Islamophobia in Australia
The Religion and Society Research Cluster of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology present a symposium on Islamophobia in the Australian context.

Speakers: Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan (University of SA), Professor Scott Poynting (University of Auckland), and Dr Jennifer Cheng and Dr Oishee Alam (Western Sydney University).

Discussant: Associate Prof Alana Lentin (Western Sydney University).

Date:                    Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Location:             Bankstown Campus, BA: 3.G.55

Time:                    10:00am – 17:00pm

 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided; please RSVP to a.nixon@westernsydney.edu.au with any dietary requirements.

The Frankfurt School and Religion at the Left Forum

The Center for Critical Research on Religion (www.criticaltheoryofreligion.org) which publishes the journal Critical Research on Religion with SAGE Publications (crr.sagepub.com) and the book series “Studies in Critical Research on Religion” with Brill Academic Publishers in hardcover (brill.com/scrr) and Haymarket Books in paperback (www.haymarketbooks.org/category/scrr-series) is pleased to sponsor the following session:

The Frankfurt School and Religion
Left Forum
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY
Saturday, May 21, 2016
12:00pm-1:50pm
Room 1.107

Presider and Discussant:

Warren S. Goldstein (Center for Critical Research on Religion and Harvard University, USA)

Panel:

Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State University, USA), “The Axial Age, Social Evolution, and Postsecular Consciousness”

Christopher Craig Brittain (University of Aberdeen, UK), “Elucidating Evangelical Support for Donald Trump: Adorno on Religion and Sectarian Movements”

Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba, Canada), “”Habermas, Islam, and the Limits of Public Reason”

Session and Conference Details:
http://www.leftforum.org/content/frankfurt-school-and-religion

Invitation to Public Panel Discussion with Professor Jose Casanova at the Institute for Religion, Politics, & Society

We hope you will be able to join us for a public panel discussion on Global Catholicism, with Professor Jose Casanova, to be held at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne on Friday, May 6.
Information about the event, and a registration link, can be found in the flyer below, as well as here: https://irps.acu.edu.au/events/asia-pacific-catholicism-and-globalization-public-event/
Please circulate this to anyone who may be interested.
irps.acu.edu.au
The project, following the successful model of the Jesuits and Globalization project, gathers a group of experts on different regional and thematic aspects of Asian Catholicism in order to examine jointly and comparatively three sets of questions: a) A comparative historical reconstruction of the development of Asian Catholicism in major Asian countries and Oceania (Korea, …

Symposium: Art Approaching Science and Religion, 12 May 2016, Turku

We warmly welcome you to participate in the symposium Art Approaching
Science and Religion, organized by the Donner Institute and the
knowledge laboratory AmosLAB. The symposium aims at bringing together
the fields of art, science and religion.

How can science and religion be explored from the perspective of the arts?

Thursday, 12 May 2016 at the Sibelius Museum
Biskopsgatan 17, Åbo/Turku, Finland

08.45 Opening of the Symposium: Bengt Kristensson Uggla

09.00 Kent Bloomer: “[The Greeks] called it KOSMOS which means ornament”
Response: Pauline von Bonsdorff

11.00 Melissa Raphael: The Creation of Beauty by its Destruction:
Idoloclasm in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Art
Response: Ruth Illman

12.30 Lunch (at own cost)

14.00 Serafim Seppälä: The Temple of Non-Being
Response: Catharina Raudvere

16.00 Mark C. Taylor: The Aesthetic Turn
Response: Esa Saarinen

17.30 Concluding remarks

The lectures are free of charge. Welcome!

Organizers: The Donner Institute, AmosLAB, The Hjelt Foundations

Symposium website: http://www.amoslab.fi/?page_id=214

You also find the event on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1119482044782732/_____

Inform Spring Seminar – Registration Now Open!

INFORM SPRING SEMINAR
New Religious Radicalisms

Date – Saturday, 21 May 2016; 9.30am – 5.00pm
Location – New Academic Building, London School of Economics

Registration is now open and can be done using a credit/debit card through PayPal or by posting a booking form and a cheque payable to ‘Inform’ to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE. Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 25 April 2016 are £38 each (£18 students/unwaged). Tickets booked after 25 April 2016 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged). 

 

Religion has a long history of radicalism and teachings and/or practices considered extreme by some, or even most. The point of radicalism is that it is a significant departure from norms or traditions. From the extreme acts of mortification of the self by some ascetics to the theologically and politically radical position of the Protestants protesting against what they considered errors inherent in the then dominant Roman Catholic Church, the history of religion is a history of extremes and opposition. It has always provided commentary on the worldly (as well as the other-worldly).

A recent example is the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by an armed group protesting against the federal management of land, including grazing rights – a political issue. However, the main initiator of the occupation, a Mormon, stated he was compelled to lead this initiative after praying for, and receiving, divine inspiration. Several key figures in this stand-off have cited Mormon scripture as justification for opposing and challenging the federal government. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has strongly condemned the action.)

Usage and understanding of the terms radical and extreme have changed over time, often to reflect the norms and politics of the era. This seminar will explore new religious radicalisms, and new forms of opposition, with the aim of developing new understandings of such world views.

Speakers will include:

Professor Susan J. Palmer, Dawson College, Montreal

Michael Williamson, London International Christian Church

Dr Alexandra Plows, Research Fellow, Bangor University

Dr Tristan Sturm, Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Shamsher Singh, National Sikh Youth Federation

Professor Eileen Barker, Founder and Chair of Inform

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | Call for Students and Scholars

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations is glad to announce the 9th Istanbul Seminars, to be held on 24-28 May 2016 at the Istanbul Bilgi University. This email is to announce that applications are open for students and young scholars

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | 24-28 May 2016
Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere
Whereas religiously inspired social movements, political parties, institutions of charity make an important contribution to society in terms of civil life and social cohesion, every religion can also play a negative role in radicalizing identities, in making compromises more difficult, in provoking violence and wars. That religious traditions risk to be a double-edged sword is today particularly evident in the Muslim world, where democratization and modernization processes risk to be obliterated by radical Islam, terrorism, the escalation of the Shia-Sunni conflict. This rises important questions with regard to what makes religions contribute to the foundations and legitimacy of democracy and why, on the contrary, at times religions turn to be source of extremism and intolerance. What is the connection between religious radicalism and the colonial and postcolonial legacy? Is radical Islam a consequence of imposed and fragile state-building processes confiscated by secular authoritarian regimes or vice versa? Can it be explained by the collapse of nationalist and socialist ideologies or by underdevelopment and inequalities? Do religious doctrines bring forth the radicalization of identities quite autonomously and independently from the political and social context? Accordingly, the Istanbul Seminars ’16 will discuss how much religious pluralism is a matter of politics, law and economy and to what extent it is also a matter of theology.

Among the confirmed speakers so far: Mustafa Akyol, Zygmunt Bauman, Rajeev Bhargava, Seyla Benhabib, Manuel Castells, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mohd Eiadat, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Nilüfer Göle, Peter Gordon, Amr Hamzawy, Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Aleksandra Kania, Cristina Lafont, Ebrahim Moosa, Fabio Petito, David Rasmussen, Olivier Roy, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Ananya Vajpeyi, Michael Walzer (in video), Patrick Weil, Boyan Znepolski and many more.

Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars: Asaf Savaş Akat, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Nilüfer Göle, Ferda Keskin, David Rasmussen

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND UPDATES

Grants and enrollment:
As usual, there is no fee of attendance. Reset-Dialogues does not arrange travel and accommodation for participants, but is happy to provide information and support through its website. A limited number of small grants (up to 300 euros) for Undergraduates, Graduates, PhDs and Post PhDs, is available.

Granted applicants are required to attend the whole program 24-28 May.

The application deadline to apply for a grant is the 8th of April 2016. Applicants asking for a grant will be notified regarding the selection by April 15th.
The enrollment deadline to apply without asking for a grant is 15th May 2016.
CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORMS

A daily free lunch ticket to be spent at the Campus Cafeteria will be provided to all granted participants and to all enrolled participants.

Working groups:
Both granted students/scholars and not granted enrolled participants may ask for being part of the discussion working groups. Participants involved in the working groups will receive some reading material by April 30th. Each working group will discuss the preliminary readings and the speeches given by the Speakers. At the end of the program each working group will present the results to the audience. Working groups meet daily at the end of the sessions, for about one hour. Involvement in the working groups is not compulsory, but welcome.

Check www.resetdoc.org regularly for updates

This event is organized and cosponsored by Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and Istanbul Bilgi University

Invitation to seminar on ‘Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters’

You are invited to the research seminar ‘Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters’ held at University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway, on March 30 2016.

The seminar critically engages with the ways in which interfaith dialogue constitutes a means to govern religion and the religious, and it explores which forms of religion that are produced from these organized cultural encounters and raises questions as to which roles local government, migration and media play.

 

Two keynote lectures by international experts on interfaith dialogue, Mar Griera from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Lise Paulsen Galal from Roskilde University, will take place during the morning session. The rest of the seminar will take the form of a workshop and provide an opportunity for Ph.D.-students to present on-going Ph.D.-projects (app. 30-45 min. each) and receive comments from the lectures, commentators and fellow Ph.D.-students.

 

The seminar is free of charge. Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided as well as mandatory reading for the seminar (app. 3 texts). The seminar is open for all, but preregistration is necessary.

 

Deadline for registration: March 7 2016 to Louise Lund Liebmann (louise.l.liebmann@uia.no).

For those PhD-students who want to present a paper: please add an abstract of 200 words.

Notification of paper acceptance will be given shortly after the deadline.

 

The seminar is organized by the research project ‘Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments’ (CoMRel) and University of Agder.