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SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE UNITY AND PLURALITY IN EUROPE (ICUPE) July 31st – August 2nd 2011 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina PDF Ispis E-mail


Contents

Abstract

  1. Project Description
  2. Introduction
  3. Situation analysis
  4. Objectives
  5. Partnerships
  6. Programme
  7. Agenda
  8. Materials and interactions
  9. Participants
  10. Results
  11. Photos
  12. Review

Abstract

International Forum Bosnia organised the Sixth International Conference on Unity and Plurality in Europe that was held in Mostar over three days, from July 31st to 2nd of August 2011. The conference was organized in cooperation with individuals and partner organisations from all over the world and took the form of a dynamic exchange among researchers, public activists, and media around three plenary sessions:
• Religion, Identity, and Society,
• The European University and the Globalization of Knowledge,
• Europe's Internal and External Others.

The plenary sessions and the public discussions took place at the Hotel Bristol in Mostar, where all official participants were provided with accommodation. Papers presented during the sessions and the inaugural and special lectures will be published in the proceedings of the conference, as in previous years.

 

1. Project Description

IFB organised the Sixth International Conference on Unity and Plurality in Europe that was held in Mostar from 31st of July to 2nd of August 2011, on the theme of Globalization, European Universalism, and the Other Europe.

 

The three main panels were on Religion, Identity, and Society; the European University and the Globalization of Knowledge; and Europe's Internal and External Others. The three public panels were on Religious Violence - A Catholic Perspective, Nationalism in the Balkans, and the Right to Truth: Human Rights and Plural Histories. The last panel involved representatives of the Helsinki Committees for Human Rights from Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

International Forum Bosnia hosted five annual International Conferences on Unity and Plurality in Europe (ICUPE) since 2006 in the town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previous conferences have been on the themes of the Muslim Question in Europe, the Roma Question, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Public Life, and Diversity, Religion, and the University. The conferences have attracted participants from leading universities in the Balkans, Europe more widely, the near East, and North America, as well as from relevant non-governmental and civil society organisations. Their success in their basic goal of promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue has been accompanied by considerable media and academic interest and many participants have become regular attendees.

Given the evident need for a gathering of this kind, bringing together prominent academics and activists in the areas of cultural and religious dialogue and human rights, the IFB management and its partners determined to expand and institutionalize the event. Since 2009, the conferences have been opened by an inaugural lecture. The keynote speakers for 2009 and 2010 were Prof. Miroslav Volf of Yale and Prof. David F. Ford of Cambridge. Since 2009, the conference has also included a number of public lectures on topics of plural heritage, plural traditions, and human rights, as well as an annual public panel on nationalism in the Balkans, in which leading experts, Prof. Ivo Banac of Yale and Zagreb Universities, Sonja Biserko of the Serbian Helsinki Committee and Prof. Rusmir Mahmutćehajić of the International Forum Bosnia, presented their report on developments over the preceding year and their assessment of the outlook for the coming year.

 

2. Introduction

The Conference is a unique global initiative. It combines pluralistic perspectives on religious thought with social scientific research on tolerance, civil society, cultural heritage, and identities. The conference aim is to set in motion changes in knowledge, views, and approaches in the interpretation and application of modern and traditional understandings of the relationship between religion and public life. The entire conference is conceived as a long-term exercise in developing international networks for this type of exchange of knowledge, views, and approaches. The organizers believe that this will contribute to the interpretation of religion as an active factor of peace and act as a barrier to its abuse by ethno-national, ethno-religious, and other ideologies and sources of tension and conflict.

 

3. Situation analysis

Certain values and ideas whose historical origin is in Europe are often claimed to be universal, the only ones capable of underwriting modern democracies, particularly in the lands of the European periphery (the countries in transition). The liberal and secular ideas of the self and society as atomistic, autonomous, and essentially rational are not, however, automatically accepted in much of the world. Very often the processes of globalization affecting economic processes, knowledge systems, cultural forms, and social structures are experienced as the spread of European forms of mass consumption and the standardization of the structures of everyday life under cover of a claim to Universalism, as the reduction of local identities in the name of political and social freedoms that call on Universal values but are in fact constituted and legitimated against a background of negative projections of Europe's internal and external others. This is particularly true in areas where the public sphere is not secularized, religion remains a public and not a private matter, politics are articulated along with visions of a truth community, and the self is seen as constituted by collective definitions and desideration rather than by purely individual pursuits and interests.

There has been a resurgence of such communitarian views in Europe too, particularly as the expansion of the European Union has brought to the fore alternative value and identity systems that coexist with Enlightenment Universalism in the European space. This has fore-grounded an Other Europe, whose lines of filiation indicate other sources of inspiration and tradition.

The "end of History" has thus proven to be an unravelling, an opening up of Europe to the untidiness of the real historical processes that created it and the plural histories and identity systems they produced. There has been a simultaneous reaction and erection of simplistic master narratives that justify ever more rigid barriers that favour grand antitheses and false dichotomies. The processes of rediscovering diversity, seeking commonalities, recognizing and at times exaggerating differences, and taking refuge in stereotypes are natural and take place both innocently and not so innocently, but the reaction risks a heightening of majoritarian ethnocentricities buttressed by a whole series of internal and external others.

One way of stating the problem facing Europe is in terms of how to recognize the multitudes it contains and accept this diversity as constitutive of its richness, while retaining a common framework of tolerance and pluralism that guarantees the rights and freedoms of all. Another is in terms of how to ensure that the processes of economic and social globalization do not undermine the diversity of cultural and identity systems that constitute Europe. This problem has become increasingly urgent as fear of diversity, under the sign of the threatening, irrational other, has produced a reaction that stresses the (Western) Christian heritage of Europe as constitutive of its identity and ultimately of its Universalism. According to this reaction, the West stands against the Rest and the main questions are where to draw the boundaries and who qualify as Real Europeans.

Critical evaluation of these processes, based on inter-faith understanding grounded in our differences and inter-ethnic understanding grounded in our common humanity, is sorely needed. The terrible simplifications of the Other must be deconstructed in favour of community based on diversity. The ICUPE is devoted to furthering these goals.

 

4. Objectives

The Conference objective is to transform both the theoretical models and concrete practices through which religious orientations and secular models of politics and society engage with one another in the European space, with a particular stress on minority perspectives. Its guiding principle is that if relations of tolerance and understanding between groups are to be built and a civil society shaped, the perceived barrier between secular modern and more traditional religious values must be broken down. Political orientations and social practices must be developed that will draw on both religious traditions and the insights of secular modernity in new and creative ways.

 

The ICUPE furthers this goal by providing an international, inter-religious conference that explores these issues with participants, civic leaders, and prominent academics from different countries. The conference will be centred on three panels, together with processes of group building and the construction of working relationships across religious and ethnic identities. The didactic goals of the conference are social as well as theoretical.

 

5. Partnerships

As this is a regional project, it is supposed to enhance regional cooperation and collaboration by creating stronger cross-border cooperation between citizen and other groups to address common challenges, sharing best practice throughout the region, establishing regional networks, building networks among governments, NGOs, civic initiatives, or other institutions working to improve understanding and cooperation throughout the region.

This year's programme was organized by the International Forum Bosnia (Sarajevo), in cooperation with the following organisations: the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kingdom of Norway, the Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin Helsinki Committees for Human Rights, and BH Telecom.

 

6. Programme

The conference programme had two separate but related components.

1. The core activity was a number of plenary sessions, at which academics and activists from Bosnia, the wider Balkan region, the near East, Europe, and further afield will present individual papers, to be followed by open discussion. The three sessions were thematically linked with a view to developing new understandings of the intersection of value systems with public life, particularly with regard to social coexistence and plural communities. The topics were:
• Religion, Identity, and Society,
• The European University and the Globalization of Knowledge,
• Europe's Internal and External Others.

2. The second activity was a series of three public lectures and discussions. This year the themes were: European Values and Plural Heritage, Nationalism in the Balkans, and the Right to Truth: Human Rights and Plural Histories.

The three plenary sessions were on:
a) Panel 1: Religion, Identity, and Society
As in the past two years, the first panel was on "Religion, Identity, and Society," a problematic of increasing relevance and urgency in today's world. On the one hand, there is the widespread claim that religion has no direct or explicit place in political process and that it should be excluded from politics on account of its inflammatory potential, while, on the other hand, religion is recognized as an important source of identities, social values, and social institutions, not to mention its role in informing and often directly inspiring the action of political activists. The panel will explore different ways in which systems of religious values, systems of identity management, and understandings of society interact, both in the service of tolerance and pluralism, and as handmaidens of violence and intolerance. A particular stress will be on giving a voice to perspectives which are considered foreign or other by the mainstream and tend to be socially excluded.

b) Panel 2: The European University and the Globalization of Knowledge
The University is often considered a European invention. As a European institution, however, its roots lie in the first process of globalization, as the pressure of Arab, Mongol, and Turkic incursions prompted the creation of a (Western) European consciousness. As one of the great integrating institutions of the high Middle Ages, the University promoted unity, not infrequently by suppressing diversity. It also proved a cradle of heresies and new forms of knowledge.

Under the current process of advanced globalization, the European University again plays a key role, offering an unrivalled paradigm for the accumulation, management, and exploitation of knowledge via society-permeating information networks. Of all the areas affected by globalization, none is more standardized than knowledge, reflecting the University's primary responsibility of providing the knowledge technicians required to run our societies. The globalization of knowledge works hand in hand with the transformation of social and economic structures around the world. On the other hand, the University is the ultimate cultural institution, within which our cultural traditions are canonized, cherished, and studied. It is the locus of free speech and free thought within society and the enabling environment for critical reflection and the generator of the vision integrating our social and cultural values into an overall framework of social, political, and communal action.

Panellists are encouraged to debate the multiple aspects of the University under globalization and the balance that must be struck between knowledge transfer and the cultural and social standardization it promotes, on the one hand, and the desire to preserve cultural and communal identities that are not mere post-modern simulacra, on the other. Panellists are also encouraged to discuss the potential for a creative co-option of the University by non-European societies in ways that transcend or at least differ markedly from the European paradigm. One particular area of interest is the creation of non-Christian and non-Secular traditions of the University and their relevance for a Europe open to alternative influences.

c) Panel 3: Europe and its Internal and External Others
The third panel dealt with the European process at its most hopeful and its most problematic. Europe is less a clearly defined geographical or even cultural entity than an idea and an ideal of social and political order. Europe is often identified with democracy, equity and social justice, political rationality, and personal liberty, as a model that stresses the combination of economic prosperity with a just social order. This explains the attractiveness of the European Union model in the past two decades. Unfortunately, this social and political model is often presented as though organically related to a particular civilizational model, that of (post)-Christian Europe, through a discourse of the fundamental incompatibility of European and non-European cultural traditions, of the inherent superiority of certain traditions over others, and of elective affinities for democracy or tyranny, tolerance and intolerance, and liberty or submission. This has fostered the constitution of a range of internal and external Others, as even within the new, expanded European Union, lines are drawn between North and South, East and West, Native and Foreign, Secular-Christian and Fundamentalist Muslim, the main purpose being to establish hierarchies on the basis of a terrible simplicity. This forces the peripheral countries to ask what the European project means for them – subordination, assimilation, or empowerment?

Alternatives perspectives exist, however. Under conditions of European expansion and the creation of a common European space, the multi-national cities of Eastern Europe and the Balkans and the patchwork of small peoples and cultures that spread from Austria-Hungary to Russia appear less as relics of the past than as precursors of an increasingly variegated future. Similar plural societies are springing up all over the European Union, thanks both to European migration and high rates of immigration from outside of Europe. It has become almost meaningless to ask what is the ethnicity of the typical Londoner, Parisian, or Berliner and there has been a rediscovery of the diversity and hybridity of all culture and of the dialectical nature of the civilizing process (a better and more useful concept that that of civilizations).

 

7. Agenda

      

 

DATE

 

HOURS

 

ACTIVITY

July 31st, 2011  (Sunday)

20.00 - 20.15

Get together

20.15 - 20.45

Banquet

21.00 - 22.30

Public lecture

Title: “Religious Violence: A Catholic Perspective”

Speaker: James Carroll (Boston)

Moderator: Antonio-Marko Brkić (Bijakovići-Međugorje)

August 1st, 2011  (Monday)

07.00 - 09.00

Breakfast

09.00 - 10.00

Official Opening

Speakers:

-          James Carroll (Boston) “Faith and Difference”

-          Olivier-Thomas Venard (Paris) “Christian Europe according to the Roman Catholic Church: What is it about?”

Moderator: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

10.00 - 13.30

First Panel 

Title: “Religion, Identity, and Society”

Speakers:

-          Ivo Banac (Dubrovnik) “The Liberation Trajectory of the Balkan National Revolutions”

-          Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem) “Tradition and Modernity: Jewish Religious Identity in Israel and attitudes to Arabs and Muslims”

-          Kerima Filan (Sarajevo) “Naming Different Religious Communities and their Members in 18th century Sarajevo” 

-          Emre Öktem  (Istanbul) “Religious Minorities in Turkey”

-          Ori Goldberg (Jerusalem) “The Other Within: Considering One's Internal Other in Christianity, Judaism and Islam”

-          Gareth Jones (Canterbury) “Our Godless World: Notes and Arguments From Late Bonhoeffer

-          Muhammad Al Hussaini (London) “The Hermeneutics of Pluralism:  Islamic Scriptural Mandates for Religious Toleration”

Moderator: Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem)

13.30 - 15.00

Lunch

15.00 - 18.30

Second Panel

Title: “European University and the Globalization of Knowledge”

Speakers:

-          Toni Liversage (Birkerød) “Ivo Andrić – as Perceived in Denmark through His Books” 

-          Samir Beglerović (Sarajevo) “Post-war Apocalyptic Literature among Muslims in Bosnia” 

-          Lejla Nakaš (Sarajevo) „Plurality of the Bosnian Literacy“

-          Andrea Feldman (Zagreb) “A Post-Communist University and the Need to Reform in the 21st Century” 

-          Fatima Mahmutćehajić Novalija (Sarajevo) “Cyber-crime and Cyber-trust”

-          Džamna Duman (Sarajevo) “Children’s Rights and Religion in the Educational Perspective” 

-          Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo) “Controversies on Traditional Intellectuality in Modern Education”

-          Jeni Maroević-Kulaga (Split) “Learning for Citizenship in the Catholic Religious Education”

-          Israel Knohl (Jerusalem) “Messiah and Gender”

-          Mile Babić (Sarajevo) “Religion in a Secular Age”

-          Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade) “The Question of Morality: Between Ambivalences and Convergences”

Moderator: Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade)

19.30 - 21.00

Dinner

21.15 - 22.30

Public discussion 

Title: Nationalism in the Balkans” 

Speakers:

-          Ivo Banac (Dubrovnik)

-          Sonja Biserko (Belgrade)

-          Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

Moderator: Krsto Mijanović (Sarajevo)

August 2nd, 2011  (Tuesday)

07.00 - 09.00

Breakfast

10.00 - 13.30

Third Panel

Title: “Europe’s Internal and External Others”

-          Desmond Maurer (Sarajevo) “Minding your Greeks and Jews: Europe and its Imaginary Friends and Enemies”

-          Fikret Čaušević (Sarajevo) “Fiat and Fictive Money as a Fictive Faith” 

-          Paul Ballanfat (Lyon/Istanbul) “Falling of Obsolete Identity to an After of Politics”

-          Miriam Feldmann Kaye (Jerusalem) “Harnessing the Role of Religion: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

-          Keith Doubt (Springfield) “On the Lure of the Pariah's Logic”

-          David Fideler (Sarajevo) “The Logos as a Unifying Concept in Contemporary Global Society”

-          Charles Westin (Stockholm) “Contested Rights and Issues of Identity: Conflicts about Land Use and Traditional Cultural Rights between Saami and Swedes in Northern Sweden”

-          Joseph V. Montville (Southbridge) “The Science and Art of Healing Historic Trauma” 

-          Asim Zubčević (Sarajevo) “Prophethood of Mary according to Classical Muslim Thinkers”

Moderator: Keith Doubt (Springfield)

13.30 - 15.00

Lunch

15.00 - 16.00

Closing Remarks

Moderators:

-          Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem)

-          Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade)

-          Keith Doubt (Springfield)

Moderator: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

19.30 - 21.00

Dinner

21:15 - 22:30

Public discussion 

Title: “The Right to Truth: Human Rights and Plural Histories”

Speakers:

-          Sonja Biserko (Belgrade)

-          Ivan Zvonimir Čičak (Zagreb)

-          Slobodan Franović (Podgorica)

-          Vera Jovanović (Sarajevo)

Moderator: Mirjana Nadaždin-Defterdarević (Mostar)

 

8. Materials and interactions

Chair speakers are expected to prepare written contributions after the Conference and latest by November 30th. The complete agenda and accompanying materials (original contributions and selected readings) will be prepared for each panel and sent to participants in advance.

 

9. Participants

The conference programme included 48 researchers from all over the world, as well as participants in various enterprises focused on understanding and strengthening trust among the different collective identities in contemporary societies. Participants at the conference were leading researchers from all over the world. The panels were open to interested politicians and policy makers, researchers, third sector activists, and the media from the region and beyond.

 

10. Publications

Following each conference, the materials that were basis for the plenary sessions have been collected and conference proceedings prepared as issues of the journal Forum Bosnae: no. 38/07 and no. 39/07 with contributions from 2006; no. 44/08, covering topics from 2007, no. 46/08, and no. 48/09 with materials from 2008, and no. 49/10 and 51/10 with papers from 2009 and 2010. Same will be prepared this year.

 

11. Photos


IFB info desk


Get together, July 31st


Public lecture "Religious Violence - A Catholic Perspective", 31st of July, 2011


Official opening, 1st of August, 2011


First panel "Religion, Identity, and Society", 1st of August, 2011


Second panel "European University and the Globalization of Knowledge", 1st of August, 2011


Public discussion "Nationalism and the Future of the Balkan Countries", 1st of August, 2011


Third panel "Europe's Internal and External Others", 2nd of August, 2011


Closing remarks, 2nd of August, 2011


Public discussion "The Right to Truth - Human Rights and Plural Histories", 2nd of August, 2011


12. Review


By Andrew Packman, Master of Divinity Student, The Divinity School at the University of Chicago 

The renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy describes our postmodern condition in terms of plurality and ambiguity.  Anders Breivik’s nationalism-fueled rage toward immigration policy in Norway, rioting among socially marginalized groups throughout the UK, and declarations from various heads of state that multiculturalism as such has “failed” each attest concretely to this reality.  But manifestations of this condition are hardly limited to Europe.  Even five decades after the Civil Rights movement began, my home town of Chicago remains disturbingly segregated by race and economic status.  In our global situation, plurality is a matter of fact, the grounds for unity appear to be ambiguous and fleeting, and forces for exclusion operate with great strength.

In a situation like ours, what options are left for human beings of good will?

For six consecutive years, the International Forum Bosnia has responded by calling academics and activists from around the world to the International Conference on Unity and Plurality in Europe.  This conference operates under the audacious claim that the best way forward towards a peaceful and pluralistic Europe is morally informed, intellectually rigorous, and mutually respectful conversation.

American Catholic activist and author James Carrol offered the keynote address at this year’s conference.  In his introductory remarks, he explored the unsettling relationship between religion and violence.  Carrol drew on both the Christian Scriptures and his own experience in anti-war movement to argue against those who claim that the origins of violence are to be found in religion itself.  Certainly, human beings are imbued with the capacity to be violent, and religion as a human institution has historically fallen into this all-too-human trap.  But with great resolve, Carrol maintained that a robust, peaceful, violence-mitigating strand runs throughout the Abrahamic traditions, and its existence allows for the hopeful and reconciling potential of religion to persist.

That Carrol began with a discussion of the ambiguity of religion was especially appropriate considering the location of this conference.  Mostar remains a divided city to this day, cut in two by destructive, divisive, and violent religiosity.  Eager to open this unique event to our host community, the conference organizers punctuated each day with a session open to the public and the local media.  Topics for these events included the immediately relevant topics of “Nationalism in the Balkans” and “Human Rights and Plural Histories.”

Textual interpretation proved to be a popular angle from which to approach the themes of unity and plurality as several scholars offered creative readings of their religious texts.  With many in Europe casting a suspicious glance towards the Vatican’s talk of a “Christian Europe,” Dominican Bible scholar Olivier-Thomas Venard offered a careful reading of those statements.  He argued that this discourse has the potential to serve Europeans of all faiths by holding political powers in check and by grounding any discussion of the common good in the real presence of God.  Professor Muhammad al-Husseini’s astute presentation of the breadth and depth of medieval Islamic Scriptural interpretation demonstrated a “mandate for religious toleration.”  Yehuda Gellman argued for a modernist reading of the Hebrew Scriptures as a promising way forward for religious Jews in Israel, while Hebrew University’s Israel Knohl sought to highlight the feminine aspects of the Messiah in the prophetic literature of ancient Israel.  Others offered descriptive accounts of problems throughout Europe, ranging from Emre Öktem’s review of the legal status of Turkish religious minorities to Professor Ivo Banac’s study of the liberation trajectories of the various nationalisms in the Balkans.

The three-day event presented a dizzying array of scholarly methods and topics ranging from Ivo Andric’s reception in Denmark (Toni Liversage), to the emerging interest in apocalyptic literature in post-war Bosnia (Samir Beglerović), to Aleksandar Bošković’s thoughtful ethical reflection on the risk of holding purportedly noble institutions like the International Criminal Court accountable.  Keith Doubt contributed a fascinating sociological perspective on the nearly irresistible temptation of the “pariah’s logic” within oppressed and victimized communities.   But even this sometimes bewildering diversity had a point; the conference’s multi-disciplinary character modeled precisely the form of pluralism the organizers of this conference endorse – a variegated smattering of individuals steeped in their respective traditions (religious or otherwise) who engage each other in a forum of open dialog and respectful conversation.  In a land that has seen the horrifying effects of exclusionary anti-intellectualism, this kaleidoscope of nationalities, approaches, commitments, and styles was striking.  Each one of us present caught a glimpse of the kind of Bosnia the IFB imagines to be possible.

As a theology student who came to Bosnia to study issues of forgiveness and reconciliation, I would e remiss not to include a few particularly insightful and promising ideas I take away from this conference.

Professor Rusmir Mahmutćehajić artfully described the modern subject as one whose worldview is so thoroughly influenced by science that her field of vision is constrained to the “measurable world.”  To rely on this worldview by itself is to blind us from anything in our world that may point toward the transcendent.  Detached in this way from Tradition, ideologies of power and exclusion reign unfettered.   Theologian Gareth Jones provided a chilling glimpse into this world wiped clean of ethics and transcendence.  With Dietrich Bonhoeffer as his muse, Jones reflected on his visit to the concentration camp in Flossenbürg.  He described the place as exhibiting a “geology of evil” in which malevolence has seeped palpably into the soil.  This experience is one with which Bosnians are well acquainted, as is anyone who has tread on the blood-soaked fields of this land.  Jones’ parting challenge, to consider how to “bury our own dead peacefully and creatively”, aptly outlines the project for those of us left behind to imagine, to hope, or to risk belief after Srebrenica.

As I see it, this is the task that motivates the International Forum Bosnia to hold a conference on unity and plurality.  The significance of these questions need no elaboration; their consequences have been pressed into the landscape in the divided cities of Sarajevo and Mostar and  in the brutal carving of a nation, previously unified in its diversity, into segregated mini-states and cantons.  What remains is for us to respond, to rigorously deconstruct the forces that got us here, to creatively imagine a world different than the one from which we come, and to project peaceful possibilities into the future that challenge the toxic ethic of brute force and exclusion.

And conferences based on open, rigorous, and morally attuned dialogue create a space to begin this work precisely by modeling it.

 

 


7. Agenda

                                                 

 

DATE

 

HOURS

 

ACTIVITY

July 31st, 2011  (Sunday)

20.00 - 20.15

Get together

20.15 - 20.45

Banquet

21.00 - 22.30

Public lecture

Title: “Religious Violence: A Catholic Perspective”

Speaker: James Carroll (Boston)

Moderator: Antonio-Marko Brkić (Bijakovići-Međugorje)

August 1st, 2011  (Monday)

07.00 - 09.00

Breakfast

09.00 - 10.00

Official Opening

Speakers:

-          James Carroll (Boston) “Faith and Difference”

-          Olivier-Thomas Venard (Paris) “Christian Europe according to the Roman Catholic Church: What is it about?”

Moderator: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

10.00 - 13.30

First Panel

Title: “Religion, Identity, and Society”

Speakers:

-          Ivo Banac (Dubrovnik) “The Liberation Trajectory of the Balkan National Revolutions”

-          Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem) “Tradition and Modernity: Jewish Religious Identity in Israel and attitudes to Arabs and Muslims”

-          Kerima Filan (Sarajevo) “Naming Different Religious Communities and their Members in 18th century Sarajevo”

-          Emre Öktem  (Istanbul) “Religious Minorities in Turkey”

-          Ori Goldberg (Jerusalem) “The Other Within: Considering One's Internal Other in Christianity, Judaism and Islam”

-          Gareth Jones (Canterbury) “Our Godless World: Notes and Arguments From Late Bonhoeffer

-          Muhammad Al Hussaini (London) “The Hermeneutics of Pluralism:  Islamic Scriptural Mandates for Religious Toleration”

Moderator: Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem)

13.30 - 15.00

Lunch

15.00 - 18.30

Second Panel

Title: “European University and the Globalization of Knowledge”

Speakers:

-          Toni Liversage (Birkerød) “Ivo Andrić – as Perceived in Denmark through His Books”

-          Samir Beglerović (Sarajevo) “Post-war Apocalyptic Literature among Muslims in Bosnia”

-          Lejla Nakaš (Sarajevo) „Plurality of the Bosnian Literacy“

-          Andrea Feldman (Zagreb) “A Post-Communist University and the Need to Reform in the 21st Century”

-          Fatima Mahmutćehajić Novalija (Sarajevo) “Cyber-crime and Cyber-trust”

-          Džamna Duman (Sarajevo) “Children’s Rights and Religion in the Educational Perspective”

-          Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo) “Controversies on Traditional Intellectuality in Modern Education”

-          Jeni Maroević-Kulaga (Split) “Learning for Citizenship in the Catholic Religious Education”

-          Israel Knohl (Jerusalem) “Messiah and Gender”

-          Mile Babić (Sarajevo) “Religion in a Secular Age”

-          Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade) “The Question of Morality: Between Ambivalences and Convergences”

Moderator: Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade)

19.30 - 21.00

Dinner

21.15 - 22.30

Public discussion

Title: Nationalism in the Balkans”

Speakers:

-          Ivo Banac (Dubrovnik)

-          Sonja Biserko (Belgrade)

-          Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

Moderator: Krsto Mijanović (Sarajevo)

August 2nd, 2011  (Tuesday)

07.00 - 09.00

Breakfast

10.00 - 13.30

Third Panel

Title: “Europe’s Internal and External Others”

-          Desmond Maurer (Sarajevo) “Minding your Greeks and Jews: Europe and its Imaginary Friends and Enemies”

-          Fikret Čaušević (Sarajevo) “Fiat and Fictive Money as a Fictive Faith”

-          Paul Ballanfat (Lyon/Istanbul) “Falling of Obsolete Identity to an After of Politics”

-          Miriam Feldmann Kaye (Jerusalem) “Harnessing the Role of Religion: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

-          Keith Doubt (Springfield) “On the Lure of the Pariah's Logic”

-          David Fideler (Sarajevo) “The Logos as a Unifying Concept in Contemporary Global Society”

-          Charles Westin (Stockholm) “Contested Rights and Issues of Identity: Conflicts about Land Use and Traditional Cultural Rights between Saami and Swedes in Northern Sweden”

-          Joseph V. Montville (Southbridge) “The Science and Art of Healing Historic Trauma”

-          Asim Zubčević (Sarajevo) “Prophethood of Mary according to Classical Muslim Thinkers”

Moderator: Keith Doubt (Springfield)

13.30 - 15.00

Lunch

15.00 - 16.00

Closing Remarks

Moderators:

-          Jerome Yehuda Gellman (Jerusalem)

-          Aleksandar Bošković (Belgrade)

-          Keith Doubt (Springfield)

Moderator: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić (Sarajevo)

19.30 - 21.00

Dinner

21:15 - 22:30

Public discussion

Title: “The Right to Truth: Human Rights and Plural Histories”

Speakers:

-          Sonja Biserko (Belgrade)

-          Ivan Zvonimir Čičak (Zagreb)

-          Slobodan Franović (Podgorica)

-          Vera Jovanović (Sarajevo)

Moderator: Mirjana Nadaždin-Defterdarević (Mostar)

 

 

 

od 01.01.2011.
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