CFP: From Religious Diversity To Religious Pluralism What Is At Stake?

Submission deadline: November 20, 2011

Conference date(s):
February 15, 2012 - February 16, 2012

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Conference Venue:

University of Padua
Padova, Italy

Topic areas


The social and religious panorama of the contemporary world is changing, due to the growing pressure of migration, cultural diversity, and religious diversity in particular. The presence of cultures and traditions different from those historically present in the various nations triggers processes of relating and comparing many aspects of daily social life, from politics to education, from economics to healthcare, from legal institutions to media, as well as the relations between generations and genres. The aim of the conference is to highlight how the factual situation of cultural and religious diversity may lead to individual, social and political choices of organized and recognized pluralism. It is a process that leads to redefine both the individual and collective identities, incessantly moving along the continuum that ranges from exclusion to inclusion. If on one side liberal democracies acknowledge the right of freedom of religion, on the other side the policies ensuring social cohesion must continually negotiate the competition between the shared social values and the specific ones of the different religions. Starting from the different levels of legitimacy granted to religions other than one’s own, the connections between religion and politics are redefined as well as are the connections among the various religions and between the believers and their own religions. Such an unprecedented situation requires new tools both at conceptual and methodological level in order to be described and interpreted properly. The transition from religious diversity to religious pluralism is one of the most important challenges that will reshape the role of religion in contemporary society.

You are invited to submit your papers investigating the various issues that, from the most diverse and unexpected points of view, are linked to the theme of religious diversity and pluralism.
Please submit a 250 word abstract of your presentation to Giuseppe Giordan ( by November 20, 2011.

Since the conference will take place on the days leading up to the weekend of the Venice Carnival, if you arrive in Padua via Venice airport, we encourage you to reserve your air ticket as soon as possible.

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