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ESITIS Webinar - March 2021

European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies presents a Webinar on:


THE PANDEMIC AS CHALLENGE FOR INTERCULTURAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONS

 
Thursday, March 25, 2021
13:00-15:30
 
 
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Topic and Goals

Much has been discussed about the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has created for religious life. ESITIS would like to contribute to this discussion with a webinar workshop focusing on some of these challenges, now more than a year into the current pandemic period. Beyond this, scholars in the fields of Intercultural Theology, Interreligious Studies, and related disciplines have faced the challenge of revising the ways we approach research under pandemic conditions. What has worked? What hasn't? And what long term changes does the pandemic force or enable? The webinar will features three topics, presented in dialogue with leading scholars in their fields:

 
     1.         Najeeba Syeed: Interreligious Relations during COVID-19

Religious communities have been challenged by practices of social distancing, closures, and other limitations on their community life. So what possibilities are there even for cooperation with religious others? Prof. Syeed will reflect on current potential for interreligious engagement under the isolating conditions of the pandemic.


     2.         Joanna Wojtkowiak: Religious Rituals during COVID-19

It quickly became clear that the pandemic would profoundly affect the performance of religious ritual. But it has done so in ambivalent ways - forcing individuals closer to themselves but further from others. From Eucharist online to virtual Iftar and pastoral praying practices via ZOOM, communities have had to creatively improvise and innovate.

     3.         Willie Jennings: Theo-logics of Race and Populisms during COVID-19

From the Netherlands to India to Brazil, the pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on the poor and persons of color. The intersections of disease, class, racism and nationalism have been on vivid display in the USA in particular, from the renewed visibility of the BLM movement after the murder of George Floyd to the mob attack on the Capitol building on 6 January 2021. Willie Jennings will analyze the theo-logics that enable such intersections - as well as possibilities for contesting them.

 


About ESITIS

 

The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS; https://www.esitis.org/) is an international and interdisciplinary Society for the scholarly study of intercultural theology and interreligious relations. It was established in Amsterdam 19 March 2005. Although most of the society’s members are based in Europe, it develops and maintains links with scholars from other continents. ESITIS organizes bi-yearly conferences and publishes a Journal, Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology.  
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