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Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017


The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a new organism in European scholarship which was established in 2016 with the support of the European parliament and many more institutions. EuARe aims to create a new, inclusive network, able to act as an open platform and to provide a framework to foster research, communication, exchange and cooperation concerning important religious issues for the academic world and society at large. The program of the EuARe Conference 2018 will be composed of both plenary (lectiones magistrales and roundtables) and working sessions (panels and papers).


Bologna, March 5-8, 2018  


Since its very beginning, the ecumenical movement was strictly associated with the struggle for peace: just a few years after its “official” birth in 1910 the World War I posed a serious challenge (and a serious threat) for the newborn movement and its leaders, first of all Nathan Söderblom. Since then, religious leaders and movements of different confessions often banded together to oppose new and diverse kind of challenges that new contexts of violence posed to them. This panel propose to examine a number of case studies from different continents, to understand the historical roots of religion-driven conflicts and how they are still, if at all, influencing the contemporary setting. Moreover, the panel is going to interrogate the efficacy, in those same settings, of ecumenical and inter-confessional initiatives to enforce and promote peace, both from a historical and theological perspective.

Topics for papers include (but are not limited to):

  • Historical roots of modern conflicts (i.e.: Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Balkans);
  • Religious aspects of modern conflicts;
  • Ecumenical and/or inter-confessional movements for peace;
  • Ecumenical and/or inter-confessional movements against dictatorship and political violence (i.e.: Europe, South America);
  • Ecumenical and/or inter-confessional movements against racism and segregation (i.e.: USA, South Africa).

Speaking Time

Approximately 30 minutes each. Panel is expected to have more than one session, corresponding to an all-day slot.

Languages: English

Submission guidelines

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20-30 minutes, as well as brief biographical details, to ecumenism@fscire.it

by 15th January, 2018.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Panel Convenors Prof. Alberto Melloni, Bruno Cherubini and Luca Ferracci, and successful panellists will be notified within a week of the deadline.

European Academy of Religion – Executive and Scientific Committee

  • Frederik Pedersen (University of Aberdeen),
  • Karla Apperloo (REFO Research Consortium),
  • Giulio Busi (Freie Universität Berlin),
  • Francesca Cadeddu (Fscire),
  • Jocelyne Cesari (University of Birmingham/Georgetown University/Harvard University),
  • Silvio Ferrari (Università di Milano),
  • Vincente Fortier (CNRS/Université de Strasbourg),
  • Pierre Gisel (Université de Lausanne),
  • Hans Peter Grosshans (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster),
  • Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies),
  • Hermann Selderhuis (REFO Research Consortium).

Practical information

Any information about registration, accomodation and other expenses can be found on the European Academy of Religion website: www.europeanacademyofreligion.org.


  • Via San Vitale 114
    Bologna, Italian Republic


  • Monday, January 15, 2018

Attached files


  • ecumenism, war, conflict, dictatorship, violence


  • Luca Ferracci
    courriel : ecumenism [at] fscire [dot] it
  • Bruno Cherubini
    courriel : ecumenism [at] fscire [dot] it

Information source

  • Luca Ferracci
    courriel : ecumenism [at] fscire [dot] it


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« Ecumenism and religious violence in zones of conflict », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017, https://doi.org/10.58079/z3i

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