Trento, Italy – October 10th-12th, 2017: International Conference “Exiting Violence: the Role of Religion. From Texts to Theories”

Organizers:

Centro per le Scienze Religiose (ISR), Fondazione Bruno Kessler;

Reset Dialogues on Civilizations;

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

 

Location: 

Fondazione Bruno Kessler | Aula Grande | Via S. Croce, 77 – 38122 Trento

Abstract:

What is the role of sacred texts and related theories in shaping political frames more inclined to tolerance and pluralism or on the contrary to radicalism and violence? What is the resulting role of religion in violent conflicts?

Starting from these questions, aim of the conference is to analyze the various roles of sacred texts in different religious and cultural traditions, regarding violence, and in particular the hermeneutics of violence in the sacred texts, the role of sacred texts in the shaping of theories and practice of religion-related politics, theories of religion in the narrative of international conflicts, contemporary strategies for countering violence through religious pluralism. We will analyze the role of religion not as an independent and decontextualized variable, but as a factor linked to politics, society, culture, economy and ethics. Theologians, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientist are involved.

Programme:

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
 
14.00 – 14.30      Welcome and Introduction
                             Giancarlo BosettiReset Dialogues on Civilizations
                             Gerard MannionGeorgetown University
                             Marco Ventura, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
 
SESSION 1 | Hermeneutics of Violence in the Sacred Texts
ChairDebora Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
 
14.30 – 15.10      Divine Violence in an Anthropological Perspective 
                             André Wénin, Université Catholique de Louvain
 
15.15 – 15.55      Jihad as liberation in the Qur’an
                             Massimo Campanini, IUSS Pavia-Ambrosian Academy Milan
 
15.55 – 16.15      Break
 
16.15 – 16.55      Bhagavad Gita and Violence in Indian Struggle for Independence
                             Donatella Dolcini, University Statale of Milano
 
17.00 – 17.40      Law of war, capital punishment and Flogging: restriction of sovereign power in early rabbinic literature
                             Naftali Rothenberg, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
 
17.45 – 18.30      Discussion
 
 
 
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
 
SESSION 2 | Politics of Religion and Violence
ChairPasquale Annicchino, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
 
09.00 – 09.40      Organization versus Holy Texts: Violence and Political Essence of Religions
                             Manlio Graziano, University La Sorbonne
 
09.45 – 10.25      “Figure Out What the Hell is Going On”: The Conceptualization and Operationalization of Religion in Trump’s Foreign Policy
                             Judd Birdsall, Cambridge Institute for Religion & International Studies
 
10.25 – 10.45      Break
 
10.45 – 11.25      Religions and the Politics of Ethno-Nationalisms in Asia Hindutva, Sinhalatva, Laskar Jihad and Laskar Kristus. A Postcolonial Reading
                             Jude Lal Fernando, Trinity College Dublin
 
11.30 – 12.10      Religious revivalism and the limits of interpretation 
                             Assaf Sharon, Tel Aviv University
 
12.15 – 12.55      The Bible, Identity, and Violence: Violence and Biblical Interpretations in North America
                             Leo Lefebure, Georgetown University
 
12.55 – 13.30      Discussion
 
13.30 – 14.45      Lunch
 
SESSION 3 | The Role of Theories of Religion in Countering Violence
ChairGerard MannionGeorgetown University
 
14.45 – 15.25      Legitimating Violence: Text, Belief, Punishment and Reward in Religious Contexts
                             Ian Reader, University of Manchester
 
15.30 – 16.10      In the Time of the Nations: Faith Contra Violence
                             Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
 
16.10 – 16.30      Break
 
16.30 – 17.10      The Contribution of Islam to Peace and in the Middle East and Beyond
                             Irene Jillson, Georgetown University
 
17.15 – 17.55      Visions of Great Peace: Thinking through Chinese Religions on Personal and Socio-political Harmony
                             Louis Komjathy, University of San Diego
 
17.55 – 18.30      Discussion
 
 
 
Thursday, 12 October 2017
 
SESSION 4 | Mobilising the Interdisciplinary Approach: Ressources Theology, Sociology and the Law
ChairMarco Ventura, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
 
09.00 – 09.40      Theologizing Contextually – Sketches of an Indian Experience
                             Vincent Sekhar, IDCR, Loyola College, Chennai
 
09.45 – 10.25      Extreme Buddhism: Leaving Monasteries, Fighting the Enemy
                             Vincenzo Pace, University of Padua
 
10.25 – 10.45      Break
10.45 – 11.25      The Challenge of Dual and Plural Legal Systems: Religious and Secular Jurisdictions
                             Gloria Moran, ICMES – Washington DC
 
11.30 – 12.10      Religion, Transvaluation and the Suspension of the Ethical
                             Gerard MannionGeorgetown University
 
12.10 – 13.00      Discussion
                             
13.00 – 13.30      Final Remarks
                             Giancarlo BosettiReset Dialogues on Civilizations
                             Gerard MannionGeorgetown University
                             Marco Ventura, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Contacts: 

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