International Conference on
Identities transformed or transgressed?
Exploring new frontiers in comparative theology and interreligious learning.
Tuesday 23 - Wednesday 24 July 2019
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Clooney’s articulation of the central premise and core activity of comparative theology provides an important corrective to the dominant ethos of our times: one marked by a binary opposition of ‘us against them’. Rather than fuelling modern day identity politics, comparative theology provides a means of transcending boundaries and occupying hybrid spaces of religious encounter and dialogue. While some may see such an encounter with difference as transgressive, comparative theology maintains that it is precisely in learning with and from the other that one’s own identity is enriched.
Professor Francis X ClooneySJ, Harvard University, Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology
Professor Marianne Moyaert, VU Amsterdam, Professor of Comparative Theology and Hermeneutics of Interreligious Dialogue
Reverend Dr Diego Sarrió Cucarella, Pontifical
Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), Rector
and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and editor of the PISAI journal Islamochristiana
Dr Emmanuel Nathan, Australian Catholic University, Senior Lecturer in
Biblical Studies and Comparative Theology
Dr Makoto Sawai, Kyoto University, Japan, has a research focus largely on mystical Islam
General Admission: $300
Unwaged and non-ACU students:
ACU staff and students: Free to attend
Online registration is essential and includes two-day conference, coffee breaks and lunches.