Role of Churches and Religion in post-conflict societies

Important issues and problems

Unfortunately there is vast deficiency in contextual theological/religious thinking in the Former-Yugoslavia countries as an anamnetic – critical interdisciplinary discourse which desires to explore the causes and effects of conflicts and to explain them in theological, philosophical, anthropological, and sociological ways, and thereby to give an indispensible theoretical contribution to the efforts to overcome similar conflicts in the future.

Inadequate representation of this kind of critical consciousness has for a consequence, negative implications that are not only scientific but religious – political, especially when we are talking about interreligious dialogue, which is necessary in the Former Yugoslavia countries. Keeping in mind the scientific –academic relevance of both political theology and religious studies in the world, we regard it as essential to participate in serious interdisciplinary research that will give an indubitable contribution to religious, social, and philosophical discourse in our society and the academic context.

Goals:

Protestant Theological Seminary and Centre for Open Dialogue and interdisciplinary religious studies want to stress the importance of Religion / Churches and theology in contemporary politics and society and their role in strengthening society by encoraging conflict resolution. Within the period of one year program we want to make significant impact, in those matters,  in both realms,  academical and sociological.

By organizing related conferences, panel discussions, workshops and open university lectures we aim to elevate the critical consciousness of the Church and society towards its own reasoned past. We are committed to steer up creative intellectual engagement within Christian tradition as well as to continue interdisciplinary research. In the spirit of the good academic traditions, we aim to foster scholarly excellence and thoughtful dialogue within and across the Church.

PLAN OF ACTION

October 2011    Panel Discussion
Political theology & Theology after Srebrenica
Zrenjanin, Vojvodina

TV Zrenjanin coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB0VS0vJqCk

December 14.2011, Interfaith workshop
Interfaith Workshop, supported by Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)
Protestant Theological Seminary

Pictures: http://www.ptf.edu.rs/pregled-albuma/4

December 15.2011, Panel Discussion
Responsability and role of Churches in post-conflict Society.
Belgrade, Dom Omladine, 15.12.2011.

Speakers:

prof. dr Zorica Kuburić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
His Eminence fr. Stanislav Hočevar, Roman Catholic Church
Živica Tucić, Religious Informative Agency
fr. Ugrin Popović, Serbian Orthodox Church
mr Nikola Knežević, Protestant Theological Seminary

Pictures:

http://www.ptf.edu.rs/pregled-albuma/3

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mm-LsTIUPc


March, 21.03.2012, Panel Discussion

Responsability and role of Churches in post-conflict Society.
Protestant Theological Seminary, Novi Sad.

Speakers:

prof. dr Goran Golubović, psychiatrist, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš,

Aleksandar Šibul, psichologist,

dr Nikola Knežević, political theologian, moderator

Audio: http://www.esnips.com/displayimage.php?pid=33889089

Pictures: http://www.ptf.edu.rs/pregled-albuma/6


May 01.2012.

Deadline for submission of titiles and summaries for Book: "Demythologization of Religious Narratives: Role of Religion toward the Past and Culture of Remebrance"

 

May 18-19.2012

International Conference: "Media, Religion and Violence in Post-Conflict Society: Role of religion in Post-Conflict Society", Belgrade



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ACADEMIC IMPACT

COURSES IN PROTESTANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY


I Semester 2011 (October – December)
Fridays, 9.00h – 13.00h

Open university lectures:
Wednesdays: 17.30-19.00h    Course title:
Introduction to Contemporary western political theology
Study level: Undergraduate
Course description and aim:
Aim of the course is to present which theological concepts or mindsets underlie political, economic and cultural discourses. By doing so, we want to course wants to emphasize the importance of political theology and popularize this academic discipline in Serbian academical society.
Language of instruction:    Serbian
Teaching methods: Lectures, panel discussions, paper works and essays
Year of study: I, First
Semester: I
Number of credits: 5
Prerequisites:    None

Course outline:

* Sovereignty  in Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the State
* Church and State relations, Ethics and Pacifism in Bonheoffer’s thought
* Divine authority of State in Barth’s theology
* New political theology of Johann Baptist Metz
* Hope and critical ability of the Church in Moltmann’s theology
* Political theology in critical discourse of Stanley Hauerwas and John Milbank

II Semester 2011 (February – June)
Fridays, 9.00h – 13.00h

Open university lectures:
Wednesdays: 17.30-19.00h    Course title:
Contextual political theology, post-war theology and conflict resolution

Study level: Undergraduate
Course description and aim:
Aim of the course is to present and stress importance of collective and dangerous memories and critical reflections toward conflicts in Ex-Yugoslavia, construction and invention of traditions in conflict generation, main approaches in conflict resolution from forensic to restorative truth.
Language of instruction: Serbian
Teaching methods: Lectures, panel discussions, paper works and essays
Year of study: I, First
Semester: II
Number of credits: 5
Prerequisites:    Introduction to political theology

Course outline:

* Dangerous memories in Metz’s and Moltmann’s critical theological reflections
* Theology after Srebrenica: toward contextual critical post-war theology
* Role of construction and invention of traditions in conflict generation
* Myth and policization of Religions in role of conflict generation
* Culture of remembrance as deconstruction of totalitarian ideological frameworks
* Conflict resolution in theories of Miroslav Volf, John de Gruchy and Robert Schrieter