South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

SAI Co-sponsored event: Conference on “Religious Pluralism In Europe and Asia: Conditions, Modes, and Consequences”

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

Fri, September 28, 2012 | Student Activity Center (SAC 2.302)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Part I

18:00      Welcome

Martha Newman (Chair, Department of Religious Studies)
Randy Diehl (Dean, College of Liberal Arts)
Karl Galinsky and Volkhard Krech (Conveners)                        

Keynote lecture by Thomas A. Tweed (University of Texas at Austin): “Crossing and Dwelling: Metaphors for Studying Religious Pluralism“ (Legislative Assembly Room, SAC 2.302)

Reception (Balcony Rooms, SAC 3.112 and 3.116)


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