4th International Conference of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies

4th International Conference of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies
15th February 2020
Universitas Hindu Indonesia

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers on the conference theme

Community, Ecology, and Religion: Interdisciplinary and Civic Engagements towards Sustainable Living



Human beings have been around for about 250,000 years, just a small fraction of the 540 million year history of life, and the 4.6 billion year history of Earth. During this period, about 110 billion people have lived, civilizations have come and gone, and Earth has continued to nourish and sustain life. Presently there are over 7 billion humans on earth and they keep over 50 billion domestic animals most of which they will eat. Feeding this many animals is having a direct impact on ecosystems throughout the world as the land area is insufficient for the growing demand for meat without destroying the habitats of huge numbers of wild species. At the same time, humans are using long-buried fossil fuels to cool and heat their homes and offices, run their factories and transportation vehicles, and making plastics, and the emissions are causing global heating while the plastics are polluting rivers, soils, and the oceans. Many human communities in Southeast Asia and throughout the world are increasingly negatively impacted by the destruction of their habitats and by new extremes of weather such as prolonged droughts, and floods, and sea-level rise.
So deep are the changes humans are now visiting on the Earth that scientists have named the present time a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – since humanity is now effectively aa geological force, shaping for good or ill the present and future evolution of life on Earth. In this conference, we will discuss both ways of resistance to the current ecological trajectory of humans on the earth, and explore the synergistic pathways towards ecological limits on human activities which when pursued at the community level, also promote social justice and human well-being. There is a growing awareness among psychologists, healthcare professionals, city planners and designers of human habitats, and citizen groups and social movements, that the ecological crisis creates an opportunity for humans to reconnect with nature and nonhuman beings by recovering the lost knowledge – still carried in many indigenous and religious traditions – that human agency needs to be shared with the networks of other beings with whom humans inhabit the earth and that the other beings can even assist humans in recovering the biodiversity, healthy, just and sustainable forms of living. This is, for example, evident in the movement to green cities by uncovering long-buried waterways, replanting trees and growing food in urban landscape, as well as in practices such as ‘forest bathing’ as practiced in Japan, forest schools as practiced in Germany, organic farming which is growing in many places, ecotourism, and careful consumption including especially the ‘circular economy’ involving such community and household practices as composting, recycling, and solar power.

Areas of Inquiry

Religion and Ecology
Environmental Humanities
Anthropology of the Everyday
Climate Change Ethics
Environmental and Social Justice
Indigenous Environmental Knowledge
Faith-Based Care for the Environment
Political Ecology
Sustainable Consumerism
Environmental Economics

Keynote speaker
Prof. Michael Northcott
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Main speakers
1. Prof. Dr. Veysel Bozkurt – Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
2. Prof. Dr. Ida Ayu Gde Yadnyawati – Universitas Hindu Indonesia, Indonesia
3. Dina Zaman – IMAN Research, Malaysia
4. Speaker from Universitas Negeri Manado

Dicky Sofjan, Ph.D., Indonesia Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Postgraduate Program, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.

Prof. Yekti Maunati, Ph. D. Research Center for Regional Studies-the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)-Jakarta.

The seminar participants are approximately 150 people consisting of academics, bureaucracy, traditional and religious leaders, politicians, NGOs, students, etc., who come from several countries

Important date
● Abstract submission deadline 23 January 2020
● Review of the abstract 20-25 January 2020
● Full paper submission and payment deadline 30 January 2020
(Abstract and full paper submitted to ijiis@unhi.ac.id)


● The 4th International Seminar on Interreligious Studies 15 February 2020

Registration charges
● For Local Academia participant – Rp. 150.000,00 (IDR)
● For 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)

Payment by wire transfer:
BNI Branch: Denpasar
IDR Account # 0792572215 – SWIFT: BNINIDJAXXX
Recipient: Nevi Dyah Prativi (WA 081805517272)

The committee will provide an abstract book, certificate, and meals during the international seminar.

Reviewed articles will be published in the conference proceeding

Steering Committee:
Director of Widya Kerthi Foundation
Prof. Dr. Phil. I Ketut Ardhana, M. A.
Rector of Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI), Denpasar-Bali.
Prof. Dr. drh. I Made Damriyasa, M. S.

Organizing Committee:

Dr. I Nyoman Arsana, M.Si (Dean of FTIS, UNHI) (Mobile/WA +62 8175793071)

I Wayan Wahyudi, S.Si., M.Si. (Mobile/WA +62 81337040494)

Made Adi Widyatmika (mobile: +62 81338687900 – WA +62 87761543739 – mail: ijiis@unhi.ac.id)

Peer reviewer

Dicky Sofjan, Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Yekti Maunati; Prof. Dr. phil. I Ketut Ardhana, M. A.; Prof. Michael Northcott; Prof. Volker Gottowik; Dr. Erni Budiwanti; Prof. Nestor Castro; Dundin Zaenuddin, M. A.

UNIVERSITAS HINDU INDONESIA, Jalan Sanggalangit, Br. Tembau Tengah, Penatih, Denpasar Timur (80238). Telephone: +62 0361 464800.

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