3rd International Conference of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies (ICIIS) 2019

Religions and Beliefs in the Modern World: Harmony and Conflict in Asia and Europe

Universitas Hindu Indonesia in collaboration with Masyarakat Sejarawan Indonesia (MSI)

Religions and religious organizations play a significant role in the modern world. It can be seen in the last decades in which religions have been used as political ideologies in certain countries both in Asia and Europe. Indeed, we have witnessed where certain crucial issues become kind of threats for a state, not only in terms of social, cultural, economic and political conflicts but it tends to include the most critical issue on disintegration. This could be seen by looking at what has happened in the European countries after the end of superpowers, conflicts between Russia and the United States. This development has been followed by certain conflicts in several African countries (Assefa, 1990). Religious conviction is, as it has ever been, a source of conflict within and between communities. It should, however, be remembered that it was not religion that has made the twentieth bloodiest century. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot and their apprentices in Rwanda maimed and murdered millions of people on an unprecedented scale, in the name of a policy which rejected religious or other transcendent reference points for judging its purposes and practices (Weigel, 1991: 39). Those policies were based on an ideology having the same characteristics as a religion.

The attention for the role of religion in conflicts has been stimulated by positive and negative developments, including the de-secularization of the world and the rise of religious conflicts. In most strategic surveys, attention is now paid to the militant forms of religious fundamentalism as a threat to peace (Reychler,1997). The phenomenon of realignment or the cross-denominational cooperation between the progressives and traditionalists with respect to certain specific issues are also important (Hunter, 1991). Hence, the questions, for ambivalence, is under what conditions do religious factors lead to violence or peace? For multidimensionality of religion is what particular religious factors(group identities, religious ideas, religious organizations) lead to violence or peace? And what non-religious factors impact violence and peace independently from or in conjunction with religion? All these questions will be addressed in the international seminar on Religions and Beliefs in the Modern World: Harmony and Conflict in Asia and Europe.
The aim is to identify features of religions and beliefs, as well as the interpretive trends put forward by scholars that share an interest in similar questions, but come from diverse disciplinary fields. We hope that this effort will not just make an academic contribution to a burgeoning field, but will also address real and pressing concerns faced by policymakers and the general public alike. This is particularly important as the international community has gradually shed its‘secularist skepticism’ and has awakened to the realization that ‘religion matters’ in diplomacy and foreign affairs (Mandaville and Silvestri 2015).
Philosophy, Arts, and Religion, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Economics, Political Studies, Education, Theories and Interdisciplinary Approaches in Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Media Studies, Identity, Local Autonomy, Nationalism, and Internationalism, Economic Growth, Prosperity, and Index of Happiness, Creativity, Innovation, and Cultural Heritage, Local Wisdom, Local Language, Modernization and Globalization, Social Media and Political Discourses, Youth, Violence, and Education System, Intolerance, Radicalism and Disintegration, Border Studies, Area Studies and Maritime Studies, Conflict, Struggle and Trauma – Deliberations in Education and Local Literature
Hilmar Farid, Ph.D. General Director of Culture, The Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia
Prof. Taufik Abdullah, Ph.D., Historian, (Akademi Ilmu PengetahuanIndonesia (AIPI), Jakarta; Prof. Nestor T. Castro, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines; Sophia Marek, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.
Dicky Sofjan, Ph.D., Indonesia Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Postgraduate Program,  Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta; Research Professor Yekti Maunati, Ph. D. Research Center for Regional Studies, The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)-Jakarta.
There are three session panels that will be grouped into: (1). Religion: Between Harmony and Conflict; (2). Ethnicity, Identity and Nation-State Building in the Modern and Postmodern World; (3). Youth, Violence, Conflict, and disintegration
– Abstract submission deadline 30 July 2019 – Review of the abstract 1 – 20 August 2019 – Full paper submission and payment deadline 20 August 2019 (submission to ijiis@unhi.ac.id).
– Local Academia participant: Rp. 150.000,00 (IDR) – Local Academia presenter: Rp. 250.000,00 (IDR) – Research scholars: Rp. 500.000 (IDR) – For Industry Patrons: Rp. 750.000 (IDR) – In absentia presentation and publication: Rp. 500.000 (IDR)
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