UNDERSTANDING RELIGIOUS PLURALISM
PERSPECTIVES FROM RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY
MAY 23-25, 2012
Religious diversity and pluralism, though a constant feature of human history, is being increased in our time, especially by migration, globalization, and geopolitical events. It has emerged as one of the key issues for the promotion of world peace and religious harmony. In 2005, the Theology Department at Georgetown University established a doctoral program in religious and theological studies with a focus on religious pluralism. To provide scholars in religion and theology as well as our Graduate Program in Theology opportunities to explore further the issues of religious pluralism, a conference will be held at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, on May 23-25, 2012.
Four keynote speakers will explore religious pluralism and its impact on religious studies and theology: Thomas Tweed (University of Texas at Austin) on religious pluralism and religious studies; Paula Fredriksen (Boston University) on religious pluralism in Judaism and Early Christianity; Thomas Michel, SJ (Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University) on religious pluralism in Islam; and S. Mark Heim (Andover Newton Theological School) on religious pluralism and theology. There will also be a graduate student pre-conference held on Wednesday, May 23 and concurrent panel sessions on Thursday, May 24.
We welcome students, professors, and members of the community to attend the conference. Registration is free. Please fill out the Conference Registration Form, and return it by email to GeorgetownReligiousPluralism@gmail.com.
****Check out the new panel assignments & schedule! We have a lot of great papers lined up, and it promises to be an exciting conference! (NB: This is a draft schedule that may be subject to change. A finalized schedule will be available at the conference.)
The Ignacio Ellacuria Chair for Catholic Social Thought
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Georgetown Department of Theology
Jesuit Advisory Board for Interreligious Dialogue and Mission, U.S. Jesuit Conference
Georgetown Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding