Creating Public Space
9 Jan - 12 Jan 2014
Public space is a significant concept in plural societies for negotiating questions of justice and peace.
In many countries, faith and religious life have always been an important part of public space - individuals and communities are shaped by their faith commitments.
In other countries, for example in Europe, religions currently are of increasing interest after a time of decreased visibility.
At this consultation, scholars and religious leaders from 14 different countries will share experiences of faith in the public sphere and gather trans-contextual insights.
The consultation will
- examine the distinctions and relations between religious communities and the state
- look at the role of faith commitments in society
- analyze the anthropological and theological premises and assumptions guiding different models of imagining public space and citizenship of all
Across the globe, there is not only a plurality of religions as such, but also increased interaction between different religions.
This includes tension - conflict, even - but also potential: potential for a new understanding of one another and for joint engagement for the good of society.
In this interaction between religions, renewed interest in the meaning of “public space” is emerging.
Part of an event series on public space.
Department: Department for Theology and Public Witness
Program: Public Theology & Interreligious Relations
Event language: English
Co-organizer: Center for Islamic Theology, University of Muenster