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ICP – International Conference: “Diverse Cultural and Religious Ways of Thinking, A Dia-logue” (June 27-30, 2016)

Our world is made up of very diverse cultural and religious traditions. How do they come together and engage in dialogue when they each have their own particular intellectual conventions and understanding of the world?

This is the fundamental and inescapable question being considered by the Conference: Diverse Cultural and Religious Ways of Thinking and Reasoning – a Conversation.

A research project on this subject was initiated five years ago by the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions, as part of the Research Unit: “Religions, Culture and Society” of the Catholic Institute of Paris. It has led to three successive colloquiums (two organized in Paris and one in Taipei), research days, as well as several publications.

Following these five years of research, this conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together in Paris researchers from universities in the four points of the compass: South Africa and Latin America, the North Atlantic region, Asia and the West.

It builds on the collaboration initiated by the University Fu Jen of Taipei, the International Review of Theology Concilium1 and the Order of Preachers, and will engage university partners from different continents and religions (researchers and universities), in particular those of the Southern Hemisphere. The structure of the program allows for both plenary and workshop sessions. Each workshop will take the form of a panel of three speakers who will make short presentations and then open discussion with the audience. In this way the conference will enable both experienced and beginning researchers to make contributions that will promote interaction among a variety of religious and cultural disciplines. The conference will bring together about 300 people.

Outcomes of the conference will be featured in an issue of Concilium (2017/1, with 10,000 printings in 6 languages). Papers of panelists will be published in an e-book. Hard copies will be available on request everywhere in the world. The conference will be covered by French and international public and academic media, both civil and religious.

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Notre planète est constituée d’univers culturels et religieux très divers. Comment se rencontrent-ils et dialoguent-ils, alors que leur approche rationnelle et leur appréhension du monde est singulière ? Telle est la question fondamentale et aujourd’hui incontournable que le congrès “Dialogue des rationalités culturelles et religieuses” se propose de traiter.

La réflexion sur ce sujet a été initiée il y a cinq ans par le Theologicum (Faculté de Théologie et de sciences religieuses de l’Institut Catholique de Paris). Elle se prolonge aujourd’hui dans le cadre de l’Unité de recherche « Religions, culture et société » – EA 7403de l’Institut Catholique de Paris.

Cet événement international est organisé avec l’appui de 15 universités, de la revueConcilium, de l’Ordre des Prêcheurs et de l’UR de l’Institut Catholique de Paris. Après trois colloques d’étape (deux à Paris, un à Taipei), plusieurs journées d’études et des publications, le congrès est une opportunité exceptionnelle pour rassembler à Paris des chercheurs des Universités du Sud, du Nord, de l’Est et de l’Ouest.

Thierry-Marie Courau, Bernard Bourdin, Anne Douaire-Banny, Jérôme de Gramont, Vincent Holzer, Jean-Louis Souletie enseignants-chercheurs et membres l’UR de l’ICP participeront à l’événement.

La question : des rationalités en dialogue

Nous sommes toujours l’Est ou l’Ouest d’une autre culture que la nôtre.
Que se passe-t-il quand elles se font face ?
Que se passe-t-il quand un chinois reçoit une pensée européenne, un discours européen dont les structures ont été construites, élaborées pendant des siècles ? Et réciproquement. Plus généralement, qu’est-ce que l’acte de penser et de communiquer dans une culture, une tradition religieuse, un monde, et comment ceux-ci en rencontrent-ils d’autres ?

Proposer un changement de paradigme

Le Congrès se propose de prendre comme hypothèse que les différences culturelles et religieuses avec leurs aspects singuliers et irréductibles ne sont pas des obstacles à un dialogue véritable, mais représentent de plus et bien au contraire des atouts pour une connaissance plus juste de soi et d’autrui, pour la construction d’un projet commun de société. Il s’agit d’un changement de paradigme car la pratique la plus partagée est de penser pouvoir réussir le dialogue d’abord à partir de ce que les partenaires ont de semblable.

Les résultats du congrès feront l’objet d’un numéro de la revue Concilium en janvier 2017.

Pour connaitre tous les détails du congrès :

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