Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Conference on “Religious Pluralism In Europe and Asia: Conditions, Modes, and Consequences”

Sat, September 29, 2012 | SAC

Part I: From Antiquity to the Times of Colonialism
Part II: From the Age of Colonialism to Present Times 

A joint venture by the Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Scheduled date: 

Part I: Sept. 28-30, 2012

Part II: Fall 2013


Part I: University of Texas 
at Austin, USA

Part II: Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


Karl Galinsky, Austin

Volkhard Krech, Bochum


The history of religions across Asia and Europe always developed and still proceeds under plural conditions. They constitute a challenge for many religious traditions and their interrelations range over a wide spectrum of conditions, modes, and consequences.  They include contact, coexistence, assimilation, and conflict and they are influenced by many factors.

The two conferences will address themselves to both synchronic and diachronic aspects of this phenomenon, which reaches from the first millenium BCE into our present times.  Some of the issues are modes of encounter (both symmetric and asymmetric), internal pluralisation, the role of social class, attempts to conceal diachronic transformations, and, of course, the political and legal regulation of religious plurality.

 Religious pluralism and the varying reactions engendered by it have always been a dynamic process.  The conferences will provide a stimulating opportunity for informed perspectives on this vital topic and for future directions in research and dialogue.

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Sponsors of the Conference at the University of Texas, Austin:

Max-Planck Research Award for International Cooperation

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe“

Department of Religious Studies, UT Austin


College of Liberal Arts

Department of Asian Studies

Department of Classics

Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professorship of Classics

Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins

South Asia Institute

Drs. Prabir and Pratima Bose

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