Conference on “Religious Pluralism In Europe and Asia: Conditions, Modes, and Consequences”
Posted: May 29, 2012
“Religious Pluralism In Europe and Asia:
Conditions, Modes, and Consequences” Part I: From Antiquity to the Times of Colonialism Part II: From the Age of Colonialism to Present Times
A joint venture by the Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Part I: Sept. 28-30, 2012
Part II: Spring 2013
Part I: University of Texas at Austin, USA
Part II: Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Karl Galinsky, Austin
Volkhard Krech, Bochum
The history of religions across Asia and Europe always developed and still proceeds under plural conditions. They constitute a challenge for many religious traditions and their interrelations range over a wide spectrum of conditions, modes, and consequences. They include contact, coexistence, assimilation, and conflict and they are influenced by many factors.
The two conferences will address themselves to both synchronic and diachronic aspects of this phenomenon, which reaches from the first millenium BCE into our present times. Some of the issues are modes of encounter (both symmetric and asymmetric), internal pluralisation, the role of social class, attempts to conceal diachronic transformations, and, of course, the political and legal regulation of religious plurality.
Religious pluralism and the varying reactions engendered by it have always been a dynamic process. The conferences will provide a stimulating opportunity for informed perspectives on this vital topic and for future directions in research and dialogue.
Conference Part I: “From Antiquity to the Times of Colonialism”
Sept. 28, 2012
18:00 Keynote lecture by Thomas A. Tweed: “Crossing and Dwelling: Metaphors for Studying Religious Pluralism“
(Legislative Assembly Room, SAC 2.302)
Reception (Balcony Rooms, SAC 3.112 and 3.116)
Sept. 29, 2012
(Meeting Room, SAC 1.118)
10.00-13:15 Session I: Multiple Traditions In the Near East and the Mediterranean
Eckart Frahm (Yale): “Turning Weakness into Strength: Religious Responses to Imperial Expansion in the Ancient Near East from 700 to 400 BCE”
Erich Gruen (Berkeley): “Jewish Religion in Pagan Perception”
Karla Mallette (Michigan): “Sacred languages and secular texts in the medieval Mediterranean“
Respondent: Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA)
13.30-14:45 Lunch break
14:45-18:00 Session II: Encounters of Religions in Central and South Asia
Devin DeWeese (Indiana): "Religious Frontiers and Encounters in Muslim Hagiography and Conversion Tales from Central Asia"
Johan Elverskog (SMU): “Pluralism and the Historian: The Case of Buddhism and Islam“
Robert Mayer (Oxford): "Pluralism and the Negotiation of New Religious Identities in 12th Century Tibet"
Respondent: Oliver Freiberger, Univ of Texas at Austin
Sept. 30, 2012
(Meeting Room, SAC 1.118)
9:00-12:15 Session III: South Asia – Rituals and Architecture
Richard Eaton (Arizona): "Four Moments in Islam's Venture in India, 1000-1600"
Jessie Pons (Bochum): "The role and iconography of Indra and Brahma in the Gandharan Buddhist context"
Axel Michaels (Heidelberg): "Religious hybridity or syncretism? The case of ritual transfer among the Newars of Nepal"
Respondent: Sven Bretfeld (RUB)
14.00-17:15 Session IV: Between East and West Jason BeDuhn (N. Arizona): “Manichaeism and the Emergence of Religious Pluralism“
Dorothea Weltecke (Konstanz): “Christians in multi-religious cities in the Middle East”
Ronnie Po-chia Hsia (Penn State): “From accommodation to confrontation: Christianity in China“
Respondent: L. Michael White, University of Texas at Austin
17.15-18.00 Summary and Conclusion
All sessions will be held in SAC 1.118
Papers: 35-40 mins.
Responses: 15 mins
Discussions: 30 mins
Breaks: 20 mins.
Sponsors of the Conference at the University of Texas, Austin:
Max-Planck Research Award for International Cooperation
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe“
Department of Religious Studies, UT Austin
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Asian Studies
Department of Classics
Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professorship of Classics
Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins