College of Liberal Arts

Scholars Examine Causes and Consequences of Divergent Religions Across Asia and Europe

Sunday Sep 30, 2012 6:00 PM | Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.118

Event:  Leading religion scholars will convene at The University of Texas at Austin for a three-day conference examining the history of religious pluralism in Europe and Asia from the first millennium BCE to the time of colonialism.

When: Sept. 28-30 

Where: The University of Texas at Austin Student Activity Center, room 1.118. A map is available online.

Background: Pluralism has defined and continues to define the development of religions across Asia and Europe. This constitutes a challenge, since many religious traditions and their interrelations range over a wide spectrum of conditions, modes and consequences. To address this important and timely topic, scholars will discuss a range of issues including the origins of pluralistic societies, the role of social class, and the political and legal regulation of religious plurality.

The conference will feature presenters from several national and international universities including, Pennsylvania State, Ruhr University Bochum, Yale, Oxford, Berkeley, Michigan, Indiana, UCLA, University of Konstanz, Germany, and The University of Texas at Austin.

The second part of the conference, titled “From the Age of Colonialism to Present Times,” will be conducted next fall at the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University Bochum.

The event is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Religious Studies, the Max-Planck Research Award for International Cooperation, Ruhr University Bochum, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the Käte Hamburger Kolleg’s Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe program.

Free and open to the public. Media are invited. Visit this website for more details.  

For more information, contact: Jessica Sinn, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404 or; Karl Galinsky, professor, Department of Classics, 512-471-8504 or



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