Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities

May 4, 2021

How will artificial intelligence transform society? Join the G20 Interfaith Forum working group on Innovation for Science, Technology and Infrastructure in an online discussion on addressing challenges and capturing the opportunities.

The discussion, moderated by Branka Marijan (Project Ploughshares), will be joined by Peter Asaro (New School in New York City), Kanta Dihal (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge), John Markoff (Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University), Illah Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University), Selma Šabanovic (Indiana University).

The webinar will be held on May 5, 2021, 15.00-16.00 CESTYou are welcomed to register here.

Call for Papers. The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity

April 30, 2021

January 26th-28th 2022, the conference The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity. Voices & Fruits will be held in Rome. The organizers, Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and REFORC, welcome paper proposals on related topics.

The conference centers around two main topics: voices and fruits and concentrates geographically on Italy, Northwest Germany and The Netherlands.

The conference is interdisciplinary and comparative regarding various geographical and confessional positions. Papers may be in English, German or Italian. Publication of the proceedings of the conference is intended.

Applications are welcome before June 1, 2021. For application go here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series

April 30, 2021

The Baha’i International Community, the European Evangelical Alliance, the European Platform Against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, the King Hamad Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Co-existence at the Sapienza University of Rome, the Study Center and Magazine Confronti, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - European Union & International Affairs Office, the University of Siena, and the World Faith Development Dialogue, in cooperation with the G20 Interfaith Forum Association and FSCIRE, are organising the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit.

The series will touch on the main themes of this year's G20 Summit that will take place in Rome, October 30-31. The overall objective of the webinar series is to bring together government and religious leaders, experts and officials from multilateral organizations, civil society, and academic institutions to share knowledge and inform on current issues, trends and initiatives addressing the contribution of faith and religious organizations in achieving the priorities set by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20 Summit: people, planet, prosperity. Each priority will be further discussed looking at the contribution of religion as a builder of social capital, and the many ways religious communities and institutions contribute across the entire spectrum of society. A final report highlighting the main ideas and outcomes from each of the webinars will be published at the end of the series.

The first episode of the series, under the title (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, is going on take place on May 6, 2021, 15:00 CEST. All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.


REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

April 26, 2021

From May 6 to May 8, 2021, the Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest will host the Tenth Annual REFORC conference on Early Modern Christianity.


The conference will explore three major thematic perspectives in the plenary lectures:

Long Reformation and Historical Writing;

Social History and the Benefits of Long Reformation;

Multimediality and Fine Arts.

Plenary speakers are Gabriella Gilány (Budapest), James Kelly (Durham), Erica Kiss (Budapest), Volker Leppin (Tübingen), Alec Ryrie (Durham),  Zsombor Tóth (Budapest), and Anna Vind (Copenhagen).

The conference will take place as a hybrid event: it can be attended both in-person and virtually. You can indicate your preference in the registration form. If you have already registered, we will ask you about your preference. Registration closes on May 5, 2021.

Research Project Presentation: The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden

April 23, 2021

On Thursday, April 29, 17:00 CEST Prof. Anna Wainwright (University of New Hampshire) and Dr. Eleonora Cappuccilli (University of Oslo), in cooperation with FSCIRE, will present the research project The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden. Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy.

European and American scholars have lately uncovered the extraordinary surge of women writers and philosophers in Early Modern Italy (1350–1700), a number that by far surpasses that of women writers in other countries during the Renaissance. In the same period, Birgitta of Sweden’s literary oeuvre circulated widely in Italy. Latin manuscripts of Birgitta’s work Revelaciones (Celestial Revelations) were copied in Italian scriptoria, translated into Italian vernacular, incorporated in compilations, and printed in Latin and Italian editions. However, the legacy of Birgitta’s extensive literary production and its possible impact on female writers and intellectuals in Renaissance Italy has hitherto not been explored.

The presentation will be held online. All those interested in participating can register themselves by writing to

The project, organized by the University of Oslo and directed by Prof. Unn Falkeid (Alberigo Award 2019, Senior Category), is funded by the Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO).

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: Joint ACLARS and IF20 Webinar

April 16, 2021

IF20 and Fscire invite you to the webinar The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Communities in the African COVID-19 Response which will take place on Tuesday, April 20th, 16:30 CEST.

Carlos Dos Santos (Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to the United States), Ramsey Day (Former Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development), Sister Barbara Brillant (Dean of Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia), Rahma Gulam (Acting Executive Director of Muslims for Human Rights, Kenya), and Francis Kuria Kagema (Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace, Kenya) will engage in the conversation moderated by Esha Faki Mwinyihaji (Masemo University, Kenya).


The webinar is organised in the framework of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 (Bologna, 12-14 September 2021).

Registrations are open: save your spot!

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: First Peoples, First Racism

April 12, 2021

On Monday, March 29, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a first webinar organized by its Anti-Racism Initiative. Panelists included Leah Gazan of the Canadian Parliament (Lakota Nation); Professor Michalyn Steele of Brigham Young University Law School (Seneca Nation); Romeo Saganash, Quebec’s first Indigenous Member of Parliament (Cree); and Ja:no’s Bowen, Seneca Language Department Director for the Allegany Territory (Seneca Nation). The event highlighted the critical issues that face leaders and communities at every level in countering the scourge of racism. In focusing on the North American legacies and present, the harsh realities of discrimination and the courage of those who face it, the speakers pointed towards responsibilities and possible actions, thus foreshadowing analytic and policy directions for the G20 Interfaith Forum that will be held in Bologna, Italy, September 12-14, 2021.

To know more about the event, you can read this brief summary (ITA/ENG) or watch the recording of the webinar.

International Qur’anic Studies Association: Call for Papers

April 1, 2021

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its fourth international conference from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy). The conference will welcome papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the Qur’anic text encouraging in particular papers that will explore the theme Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.


The Palermo IQSA Conference Committee welcomes proposals of single papers as well as panels that gather selected speakers invited by the proponent to present on a specific topic.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their abstracts to the attention of Dr. Alba Fedeli at, by April 23, 2021. The organizing committee will send a notification of acceptance for abstracts on May 16, 2021.

Read the call for papers in full here.

Exploring Contemporary Shi'ism in European and Middle Eastern contexts:  A Glance at the Recent Evolutions of Shi’ism in the Region

April 1, 2021

The Sapienza University of Rome, Research Centre for Cooperation with Eurasia, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa (CEMAS), Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V” Observatory on the Mediterranean (OSMED) and the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies ASPS's for the Virtual Events series n. V., are proud to invite you to the online study day on Shi'ism in Europe: Exploring Contemporary Shi’ism in European and Middle Eastern Contexts: A Glance at the Recent Evolutions of Shi'ism in the Region. 


Held online on April 9th, 2021 from 10:00 to 17:00

The complete program can be found here.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: First Peoples, First Racism

March 20, 2021

IF20 and Fscire invite you to the webinar First Peoples, First Racism: a discussion with first nation and indigenous leaders which will take place on Monday, March 29, 1-2.30 pm EST (7-8.30 pm CEST).

Leah Gazan, MP (Winnipeg Centre, Manitoba), Michalyn Steele (Professor of Law at Brigham Young University), Ja:no's Bowen (Language Department Director, Allegany Territory, Seneca Nations), Romeo Saganash (Former Director of Cree-Quebec Relations), and Claudette Commanda (Professor of Law at Ottawa University) will engage in the conversation moderated by Christina Tobias-Nahi, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA.


The webinar is organised in the framework of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 (Bologna, 12-14 September 2021).

Registrations are open: save your spot!

Religious minorities at the margins

March 12, 2021

The University of Milan is organising a webinar on the topic: Religious minorities at the margins: religious diversity in Italy between law and politics. The webinar will be held on Zoom, May 6, 10:00 CET.

The meeting aims at examining the situation of belief and religious minorities, which are at the margins of the Italian society and its legal system. Through an analysis, that also covers the historical, political and sociological profiles of the issue, speakers and participants will discuss how well the Italian legal system is able to respect and promote the rights of religious and belief organizations, including the smallest and newest ones. The debate will also put under scrutiny the capacity of the Italian legal system to include the smallest and most controversial religious minorities and the best strategies to achieve this goal.

The coordinators of the event are Cristiana Cianitto and Silvio Ferrari.

More information about the program of the event and how to register are available here.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: COVID Vaccination Challenges

March 12, 2021

IF20 presents the webinar COVID Vaccination Challenges: Ethical Imperatives and Local Realities, organized on February 24 by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University in collaboration with IF20, Fscire and other partners.


Mohamed Elsanousi (Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers), Sister Sharon Eubank (LDS Charities), and Gerard McGlone, S.J. (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs) discussed the challenges posed by immunization plans worldwide and reflected on the role that faith communities can play in response to these issues.


The meeting was moderated by the Vice President of the IF20, Katherine Marshall.

To know more about the event, you can read this brief summary (ITA/ENG) or watch the recording of the webinar.

JDR Special Issue: Vulnerability and Power

March 3, 2021

The EuARe is pleased to share the news of the recent publishing of the volume: Vulnerability and Religion.


A special issue of the Journal of Disability and Religion, the volume collects the contributions originally planned for the panel Theologies of disability: the power of vulnerability to be held at the EuARe conference 2020.

The editorial for this issue is available in open access here.

Congratulations to our fellow colleagues!

RESILIENCE. TUA Webinar on Early Modern Studies

February 23, 2021

The period 1450-1650 demonstrates intellectual, cultural, political and societal changes that mainly resulted from religious changes and that have become decisive for Europe’s situation today. The split in the Christian church – initiated by Martin Luther – into a catholic and a protestant camp caused a southern Europe mainly characterized by Catholicism and a northern Europe largely dominated by Protestantism. The fact that in the Early Modern period Catholic and Protestant rulers joined forces against the spread of the Ottoman Empire, is one of the causes of a more multireligious situation in south-eastern Europe. These facts underline the need for interdisciplinary research on the Early Modern era.

On March 17, 2021 (6-7 p.m. CET), Prof. Dr. Herman J. Selderhuis, Dean of the Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn (TUA), will present the question during the webinar Early Modern Studies as a Key to Understanding the Religious Situation in Europe Today.


You are all invited to participate!

More information about the webinar and how to register is available here.

Call for applications. Fscire PhD Programme 2021-2024

February 15, 2021

Fscire is offering three posts, of which at least one with a scholarship, in the fields of the history of religions, exegesis, and theology for the three-year PhD course (2021-2024) at the «Giuseppe Alberigo» European School for Advanced Religious Studies.


The call is open to candidates of any nationality holding a Master’s degree – or equivalent advanced degree qualificationr ecognised by the Italian academic system – in fields relating to the subjects of the specialisation course and obtained before 30 September 2021.


Candidates, less than 26 years of age as of 1 October 2021, may apply for the scholarship.


The application and all additional documents must be sent or delivered by hand to the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School’s secretariat (via San Vitale 114, 40125 Bologna, Italy) by 31 May 2021. The postmark or courier service stamp will serve as proof of the date of dispatch. Applicants are strongly advised to send an electronic copy of their application form and all additional documents in .pdf format (email address:, in addition to the hard copy which must, however, reach the School’s secretariat before the deadline indicated.


For more information please visit the section of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies at this link.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: A Time to Heal

February 12, 2021

From September 12 to September 14, Bologna and Fscire will host the 2021 edition of the G20 Interfaith Forum, a network of institutions linked through religions that contribute ideas and recommendations in response to global issues.


The central theme around which the activities and discussions of IF20 2021 will converge is A Time to Heal. Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions, inspired by a biblical verse from Ecclesiastes.

In this video, Alberto Melloni, Secretary of Fscire and Chairman of the Italian Organising Committee, and Susanna Mancini, professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna School of Law, introduce the Forum and its topic.

To know more about the G20 Interfaith Forum, visit

More information about the programme of the Forum and how to participate and will follow: stay tuned!

FSCIRE to host the G20 Interfaith Forum in 2021

December 2, 2020

In 2021, Italy will host the G20 Summit. In the run-up to the Summit, the Presidency will host several meetings featuring ministers, senior government officials as well as civil society representatives. We are glad to announce that FSCIRE will cooperate with the Italian Presidency in organising and convening the G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) in Bologna.

The G20 Interfaith Forum is the annual platform that, since 2014, seeks global solutions by collaborating with religious thought leaders and political representatives. It builds on vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting a rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The membership includes interfaith and intercultural organizations, religious leaders, scholars, development and humanitarian entities, and business and civil society actors.

The theme for the global gathering, to be held in September 2021, will be: “Time to Heal: Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions.”

As the Saudi Presidency passes the torch to Italy, the G20 Interfaith Forum will host an online handover ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 4.30-5.30 pm (Rome time). Here you can find the program of the ceremony and the link to register to the Zoom webinar. You are all invited to join the meeting!