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The long-held belief in the secularization thesis and the subsequent expectation that religion would gradually lose its societal relevance in public and scientific discourse led to religion being treated rather as a side issue. This has changed fundamentally in the wake of growing religious pluralization. In this respect, both the destructive potential of religion as well as initiatives designed to promote understanding between people of different religions and worldviews play a significant role. In view of these ambivalences, a need has arisen for clarification in the area of societal as well as scientific discourse. The planned conference will debate the challenges of religious pluralization and the contribution to be made by interreligious dialogue in five thematic areas - theology, politics/civil society, education, Communication/media and contexts. The aim of the conference is to describe innovative scientific approaches and broad political and social scopes of action for addressing religious plurality. Herrenhausen Conference: "Religious Pluralisation - A Challenge for Modern Societies"
October 4-6, 2016
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
The program for the Herrenhausen Conference on "Religious Pluralisation - A Challenge for Modern Societies" can be found in the column on the right. All speakers and chairs have confirmed their participation. Session 1: Religion and Dialogue in Different Contexts Public Lecture: Toward a New Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age Session 2: Community Building and Policymaking in European Perspectives Session 3: Contribution of Religious Education to Dialogue and Integration Session 4: The Relevance of Interreligious Dialogue in the Public Sphere Forum on Dialogical Theology Session 5: Interreligious Communication and the Role of Media Perspectives of Further Research in the Field of Interreligious Dynamics
If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link in the column on the right. There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.
The conference language is English.
Venue and public transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a new conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".