Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 2020

Religion and Authority: Contest and Legitimacy, July 5-10, 2020 – POSTPONED

The International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE) in connection with the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics invites interested graduate and undergraduate students to apply for the 5th annual conference and summer program in Palermo, Sicily: July 5-10, 2020.

General themes covered by the school and the conference:

  • Heritage, patrimony and cultural capital
  • Who owns the religious property and meaning?
  • Controversy on holy places, objects and their meaning
  • Authority of interpretation and canonization of holy texts.
  • Secularization and issues of religious vs. state authority.

Airfare, accommodations and tuition are waived.

Applications consist of a statement of interest and how it relates to current course of study. Applications are due to ( BY FEBRUARY 15, 2020.

University of Groningen, 2019
Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe, June 17-21, 2019

The Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen’s summer school will explore heritage as a form of religious memory that is mobilized in cultural and political contests and interactions, as well as a new force in theology and religious practice. In particular, we will ask what role heritage plays in interactions between religious communities in history and in the present.

The 2019 summer school will be integrated into two related conferences: a three- day international conference on “Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe” that the Centre is organizing with leading Dutch heritage organizations. Students will attend select events of the conference, meet managers in European and Dutch heritage organizations and museums that are attending the conference, and take part in excursions to local religious heritage sites. The second conference is a one-day meeting of scholars from the International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE), which was co-founded by universities in Israel, Germany, UK, the Netherlands and the USA.


Leipzig University, 2018
Normative Religious Traditions and Their Authority, July 23-29, 2018

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: these religions rely on normative religious traditions, sometimes called ‘Holy Scriptures’. Today, late-modern or post-modern societies often ask if these normative texts are still meaningful and relevant.

The questions asked will include: What roles do “Torah”, “Bible”, and “Quran” play in the three monotheistic religions in the past and present? How are the old texts interpreted today? And how are they used in religious and political discussions? Are ‘holy texts’ relevant for ‘secular people’? And what role do ‘holy texts’ play in the dialogue of religions and discourse in our societies?

Subjects include:
– Church Authority and Normative Tradition
– The Jewish Canon and the Christian Bible
– Reading the Qur’an as Literary Text
– Comparative study of holy scriptures
– Holy Scriptures and Canon in a societal, political, and religious perspective

Bar-Ilan University, 2017
Religious Exchange and the Historical Collaboration among the Three Abrahamic Religions, July 12-17, 2017

The history of Christianity, Judaism and Islam is often associated with struggles, crusades and controversy. This perception ignores many instances of cooperation, coexistence and mutual impact. This workshop is aimed to highlight some significant moments in history in which the three religions confronted common challenges, triggering, in many cases, parallel responses and even joint intellectual activity, based on explicit or implicit exchange of ideas.
The Workshop includes lectures by Israeli and visiting scholars, field work and tours.

– Judaism and Christianity facing philosophical heresy and conversion
– Inter-religious dialogue in the Middle Ages
– Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the Challenge of Medieval Aristotelianism
– The modern challenge of Enlightenment and nationalism
– The challenge of interreligious dialogue
– Religions and secularism
– Jews and Muslims and the challenge of democracy
– Anthroposophy as an eclectic, modern religion