Forum Rabu CRCS&ICRS: “Religious Discourse, Social Cohesion and Conflict From Religious Studies to Inter-religious Studies”

“Religious Discourse, Social Cohesion and Conflict From Religious Studies to Inter-religious Studies” merupakan tema diskusi rutin Forum Rabu CRCS&ICRS. Diskusi akan diselenggarakan pada hari Rabu, 9 April 2008, bertempat di Gedung Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM, lantai 3, ruang 306, jam 13:00-15:00. Sebagai pembicara Prof. Frans Wijsen.

Prof. Frans Wijsen mempelajari theology di Heerlen dan Nijmegen, dimana beliau memperoleh gelar Ph.D. pada tahun 1992. Pada tahun 1984 sampai 1988 beliau melakukan penelitian di Tanzania. Pada tahun 1988 beliau menjadi pengajar dalam mata kuliah science of religion and mission di Universitas untuk Theology dan Pastoral di Heerlen. Pada tahun 1992, beliau bergabung dengan Fakultas Theology di Nijmegen. Saat ini, Frans Wijsen merupakan professor dalam bidang agama Kristen dan Hubungan Antar-agama di fakultas Studi Agama, dan direktur Nijmegen Institute for Mission Studies Centre for Studies in World Christianity. Sejak tahun 1995 beliau menjadi professor tamu di Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sejak tahun 2004 beliau juga menjadi professor tamu di Tangaza College.

Diskusi ini gratis dan seperti biasa, sebelum diskusi dimulai, para peserta akan diundang untuk makan siang bersama.

Dibawah ini merupakan abstrak dari tema yang akan dipresentasikan.

Abstract:“Religious Discourse, Social Cohesion and Conflict from Religious Studies to Inter-religious Studies”

According to some scholars there is a global resurgence of religion.Moreover there seems to be a growing tension between religions. It is not clear why this is so. I will argue that the classical ways of studying religions and inter-religious relations are not helpful to understand religious dynamics in a post-colonial and post-modern world. The main problem is the underlying essentialism and objectivism of religious studies thus far. I will argue for a narrative theory of religion and for critical discourse analysis as an appropriate method for understanding religious identity constructions in inter-religious relations.

Outline

A. The study of religion in a globalizing world

  1. Global resurgence of religion
  2. Growing tensions between religions
  3. The study of religion and inter-religious relations thus far.

B. Inter-religious studies as an interdisciplinary field

  1. An interpretation: The mono- and the multicultural model
  2. An evaluation: Towards an intercultural approach
  3. An innovation: From religious studies to inter-religious studies

C. A narrative theory of religion

  1. From phenomenology to narrative
  2. Post-colonialism and religious studies
  3. The understanding of religion today

D. Research design, methods and techniques

  1. From narrative to discourse: discourse analysis
  2. Methods and techniques: speech events, discursive practices, social practices
  3. The circle of praxis

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