Department of Religious Studies

Religious Pluralism in Europe & Asia: Conditions, Modes, and Consequences (Conference)

Fri, September 28, 2012 | Student Activity Center

Religious Pluralism in Europe & Asia: Conditions, Modes, and Consequences (Conference)

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

Part I: From Antiquity up to the Times of Colonialism
Date: September 28-30, 2012
Venue: The University of Texas at Austin, Student Activity Center

Part II: From the Age of Colonialism up to Present Times
Date: Spring 2013
Venue: Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany

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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.

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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