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Christian Archaeology Conferences Series (2018-2019)

November 12, 2018


On November 29th, 2018 the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology (PIAC) starts its ninth annual series of conferences with a lecture given by professor Caterina Giostra (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Milano).


The lecture will take place at the PIAC (via Napoleone III, 1 – Rome) at 5.30 p.m.

Call for Applications. ReIReS Course in Mainz — ReIReS School in Paris

October 26, 2018

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The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in Paris announce the forthcoming ReIReS Course and School:


ReIReS Digital Humanities Course, 21-23 January, 2019, organized by the IEG in Mainz

Application deadline: December 14, 2018.


ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents, 17-22 February, 2019, organized by the EPHE in Paris

Application deadline: January 15, 2019


Applications are welcome via the online application form, which you will find on the above mentioned webpages.


Further announcement of the course and school is highly appreciated.

Call for Scholarship. Vatican II – Legacy and Mandate. Intercontinental Commentary: Reception and Orientations for the Life of the Church

September 7, 2018


​The Faculty of Theology of the Philosophical-Theological College Vallendar (working place Vallendar) is looking for a Scientific Coordinator in the framework of the international research project Vatican II - Legacy and Mandates Intercontinental Commentary: Reception and Orientations for the Life of the Church (26 hour per week).

The position, with the possibility of its own scientific research, is initially limited to three years and will be remunerated based on TV-L.

The project is an international commentary on the documents of the Second Vatican Council. This commentary is based on close collaboration of scientists from all continents. It is based on studies on hermeneutics, on the texts of the Council and on the reception of the Council, which are obtained from five continental study groups.

This work is an open process, the concrete realization and dynamics of which take place in the cooperation between commentators and study groups. The project is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Schmiedl (Vallendar) in cooperation with Prof. Dr. med. Margit Eckholt (Osnabrück), Prof. dr. Peter Hünermann (Tübingen) and Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Vellguth (Vallendar).

Movimenti del potenziale umano. Vie e percorsi di sviluppo personale nella società secolarizzata

August 27, 2018


The Study Center on Freedom of Religion and Belief (LIREC), as part of its "Knowledge Project" (, organizes the conference The movements of human potential. Pathways and paths for personal development in secularized society.


The intent is above all to provide a correct information on organizations whose history and philosophy go back rather far back in time (in particular, to the Enlightenment). The focus will be on movements that, while not identifying with a specific form of religiosity, refer, however, to specific values ​​that are on the border between the spiritual and philosophic dimension.


The conference intends to provide the historical, philosophical, ethical, psychological and sociological references necessary for the understanding of this galaxy of groups, whose diffusion sometimes arouses controversies and debates. The movements of human potential, in fact, are placed within a context characterized by otherness: a typical trait is the development of "alternative" techniques to deal with the problems related to the health of the mind and body, which wants to join or oppose traditional medicine. On this path we often create new habits of community life, ranging from diet to learning: models often arbitrarily stigmatized as fraudulent or harmful that, looking beyond diversity, are rather a useful starting point for reflection on the freedom of consciousness.


The conference, which is held under the patronage of the European Academy of Religion, will take place on Friday, November 9th, 2-6 pm, at the Pontificia Università Salesiana (Piazza dell'Ateneo Salesiano, 1 - Aula 3, Primo piano).

Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis

August 23, 2018


The University of Turin (IT) is hosting a conference on the topic of Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis on August 30th and September 1st 2018.

Keynote speakers of the Conference will be:

  • Jim Beckford, University of Warwick

  • Pieter Bevelander, Malmö University

  • Jocelyn Cesari, University of Birmingham

Call for Applications. ReIReS Transnational Access to Special Collections and Archival Documents

July 12, 2018

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The EU funded project “Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies” (ReIReS) offer scholarships for researchers from the member states of the EU and from the countries associated to Horizon 2020 on historical religious studies at fourteen facilities located in European research centers and universities in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Italy.

All these centers and libraries grant access to collections of manuscripts, documents and rare books and represent relevant collections of Christian, Jewish and Muslim documents and books which allow studies concerning religious studies and inter-religious and inter-confessional dialogue throughout history.

Scholars can apply for a transnational access scholarship to consult each of these special collections and libraries (excluding those belonging to the user country) in order to develop innovative and groundbreaking investigations in historical religious studies.


Applications are welcome before August 19, 2019. Scholars, experts in historical religious studies or curators of special collections and archives are encouraged to apply.

More information about the call are available at this address:

Dual Religious Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity

June 20, 2018

Dual-Religious Belonging in Hinduism and

The University of Cambridge (UK) is hosting a conference on the topic of Dual Religious Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity on July 3 and 4 2018 in the Faculty of Divinity. 


There is still time to register as an audience member for this interactive and dialogue-focused conference.

Please register your interest at and email Nadya Pohranand Daniel Soars at for more information. 


Confirmed speakers: Mario Aguilar, Elisabeth Arweck, Michael Barnes SJAnkur Barua, Swami Chidbrahmananda, Gavin D'Costa, Martin Ganeri OP, Jeffery Long, Nadya Pohran, Reid Locklin, Daniel Soars, Peter Tyler; with panel responses by:  Douglas Hedley, Reid Locklin, Porsiana Beatrice, Muthuraj Swamy.


For those of you who are interested in the conference material but cannot physically join us, there is the possibility that audio recordings will be made available after the event; please email the above address to express your interest.

Colloquium: Raimon Panikkar and the East

June 7, 2018


The CIRPIT (Centro Interculturale dedicato a Raimon Panikkar) promotes the international colloquium Raimon Panikkar and the East. The Colloquium will take place on Saturday, June 16th, in Florence at the Fondazione Spadolini (Pian dei Giullari, 139).​

Call for applications. Theology Scholarships (MPhil and PhD), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

May 10, 2018


The academic mission of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin is to engage in teaching and research at the creative intersection of theology, Church and society. In this perspective, we are offering a Ph.D. scholarship which will fully cover Trinity universities fees, plus an annual award of 12,000 € for maintenance, for a period of three years.


Possible research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • A theological vision of human freedom;

  • The writings of Rowan Williams as a source of a theology for the secular;

  • Church and media in contemporary societies;

  • Fake news, post-truth and the pursuit of truth;

  • The Gospel and social media;

  • The Catholic Church as a corporate citizen within pluralist or secular societies;

  • The Church and engagement with contemporary political culture;

  • The revival of interest in natural law;

  • A theological vision of redeemed reality that includes the economic, social, and political.


The scholarship is being made available thanks to generous private funding.


For further information, and details of other scholarship opportunities at M.Phil and Doctoral level, please see scholarship page here.

Any questions please contact Fáinche Ryan at

Call for Papers. The Ahmadiyya in Scholarly Perspective

May 2, 2018

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The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism (Laïcité) in partnership with the Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), LIREC (Rome), CLIMAS (Bordeaux), and CESNUR (Turin) is organizing a conference on the Ahmadis and Ahmadiyya to be held in Antwerp, May 23-24, 2019.


Paper proposals will be received until March 30th, 2019.

The Conference is advertised by the Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience (LIREC) and follows the successful panel held at the EuARe First Annual Conference last March, The Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement: "Love for all, Hatred for none". An Islam of peace suppressed and persecuted in the Islamic World (here the full video

ReIReS officially launched in Bologna

April 14, 2018

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The Horizon 2020 funded project “Research Infrustructure on Religious Studies” (ReIReS) held its kick-off meeting in Bologna, March 7-8, 2018. Participants from 12 European institutions from 7 countries met to discuss the project’s organization, to learn how they can best collaborate using each other’s competences, as well as to gain insight into the further development of the project.

ReIReS starting community consists of twelve institutions (including EuARe members) whose aim is to create a unique and groundbreaking research infrastructure on religious studies within the European Research Area and to improve the access of scholars from all over the world to the data, information and sources concerning the study of the historical and cultural influence of the plural religious heritage in the European history. Dealing with the need for an appropriate comprehension of a complex and multicultural society, ReIReS consortium works towards the improvement of the integrated services of the partners. It aims to establish a distributed RI with a sustainable plan of activities, including offering access to a wide range of high-level data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in the understanding of inter-religious society.

All information about the project are available here:


Press releases in DutchPolishGerman, and Italian language are also available.

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