Conference 2017

ICCJ Conference 2017, Bonn
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Conference 2016

ICCJ Conference 2016, Philadelphia
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Conference 2015

ICCJ Conference 2015, Rome
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Plenary Session

  • Reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity
    This session will seek to engage in dialogue views on reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity, respectively. Central to Jewish faith and yearning, reconciliation is also inextricably linked with repentance and peace. The session will inquire into these connections in detail. Furthermore, it will ask what the link is between reconciliation and justice. Although reconciliation certainly is a religious and spiritual value, biblical and halakhic aspects will not be under scrutiny only. As for Christianity, reconciliation is one of the key concepts in Christian faith and theology. Drawing from the emphases of Apostle Paul (2Cor 5:11-21) it is often argued theologically that reconciliation is one of the crucial ministries Christians are called to pursue in the 21st century. The session will inquire what these connotations mean in practice. Furthermore, it will be explored what implications does it have for interfaith relations?
    Reconciliation will be construed as a comprehensive notion, encompassing many and various aspects. Therefore, the session will examine what historical, political, social, and ecological ramifications follow from the Jewish and Christian understanding of reconciliation.

    Dr Markus Himmelbauer (pdf/engl.)
    Rabbi Prof. Dr Ruth Langer (pdf/engl.)


  • Towards Responsible Citizenship: On Leaving the "Victim-Mentality” Behind in the Context of Central Europe
    It has been argued that the so-called victim-mentality is a frequent phenomenon in the context of central European, post-communist countries. This development is augmented by new forms of nationalist ideologies. Moreover, minorities are often left out of the search for a new sense of national identity and find themselves alienated once more, and in a sometimes precarious situation. Here, external, often historical factors are interpreted as the main, or even sole reason for one’s unfortunate situation in the present. As a result, the mindset and behavior of a victim is adopted, which have debilitating consequences for the pursuit of one’s future. This session will explore this phenomenon from historical, political, social, and theological perspectives. One of the aims will be looking for ways to overcome this mentality, on the way towards active and engaged citizenship.

    Prof. Dr Dorottya Nagy (pdf/engl.)


  • How can I find God in the “Other”? Towards Responsible Religious Belonging
    The ultimate question for people in the pre-modern period was, it is argued, “How can I find a saving God?” Instead, it seems that today this question has for an increasing number of people shifted to “How can I find God in the other?” This session is designed as an interfaith dialogical panel. In addition to the leading, title question, the panelists, and the audience together with them, will be asked to ponder and discuss questions such as:
    Who is my “other”? Who is my friend / neighbor / sibling / enemy? And furthermore, when thinking about these questions, what role is played by the fact that human identity is complex, consisting of numerous identity markers (religion, race, gender, class, age, education, culture, etc.)?

    Prof. Dr Márta Cserháti (pdf/engl.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Plenary Session

  • Religious Fundamentalism and Political Extremism
    Recently, both religious fundamentalism and political extremism have been getting much attention in the media. Does this phenomenon actually mirror reality, or is it merely a political move aimed at increasing the general feeling of anxiety in society?
    Similarly, one can ask what, if any, are the common denominators connecting the two phenomena? Is there anything religious fundamentalists have in common with political extremists? Furthermore, one can ask how religion is (mis)used by (extreme) politics and vice versa.
    This session will explore these and other related questions from the perspectives of various academic disciplines (political science, religious studies, history, sociology etc.) as well as geographic factors (Hungary, central Europe, international contexts).

    Rev. Dr Michael Trainor (pdf/engl.)


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