Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

Nazareth College, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue is pleased to announce its sixth conference, again bringing together scholars from around the globe to share research on contemporary issues in religion and social sciences.

2020 Conference Title: Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Mystical Traditions, Dimensions and Approaches in Sacred Texts

Conference Location: Rome, Italy

Co-sponsored: The Pontificio Istituto Di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica (The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, or PISAI) in Rome, Italy

When:  May 27-30, 2020. Includes visit to Assisi.

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Conference History

2013: Focused on the role of sacred texts, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in uniting and dividing humanity. Selected papers from the conference were published in December 2014: Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to A Common Word between Us and You

2014: Held in Istanbul. Focused on poverty and wealth in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Selected papers were published by Palgrave MacMillan in June 2016: Poverty and Wealth in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

2016: Focused on nature and the environment in religions. Selected papers were published in January 2018: Nature and the Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts. A WXXI public radio half-hour interview with Thomas Donlin-Smith, professor of religious studies at Nazareth College; Nathan Kollar, Hickey Center co-founder; and others explored how faith influences the environment. Fall 2017 publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Nature and Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts.

2017: Focused on women and gender in religions. Selected papers will be sent to four publishers, two have sent their consent for publication and an agreement will be signed soon with one of them, under the title: Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Divine.

2018: Sacred Text and Human Context international conference is on Religions and (De)Legitimization of Violence on July 29-31, 2018 at Nazareth College. More than 50 scholarly papers are expected to be presented on the topic.

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