The challenge of the Decolonial Theology: Tensions between «Center» and «Peripheries».

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2022

“Center” and “peripheries” are the coordinates through which we can describe the power relations between nations and between continents. The “center” is a spatial metaphor to indicate the economic, political and religious importance of a place where decisions are made and become normative even in the “peripheries”. The latter indicate marginal places, not necessarily in geographical terms, but in economic, political, religious terms. Colonial history has contributed to radicalizing these polarizations and globalization can be interpreted as an extension of the “center” towards the “peripheries”. The multipolar world challenges this world organization. Even theological reflection (here Christian and Catholic) is undergoing an (almost) unprecedented transformation. In fact, decolonial theology is an attempt to think of tradition within cultural contexts that once had to adapt to the indications provided by the “center”. This requires a reflection on the way in which tradition is reinterpreted, on the flexibility between “center” and “peripheries”, where the latter become interpreters of an epochal change of equilibrium and perspectives.


Scientific coordination
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR

Cycle of seminars: “De-Polarization in Religion and Ethics


The event will be held in Italian

The presentation will take place online

To connect to the event, registration is required by Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 12.00 noon

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  • Debora Tonelliè ricercatrice stabile presso Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Centro per le Scienze Religiose, docente invitata in Filosofia Politica e Politica e religione presso il Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo e in Religion e Violenza presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana. È stata Visiting Scholar all'Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life – Columbia University (NY, 2015), al Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs – Georgetown University (Washington D.C. 2017) e come affiliata alla Georgetown University ( Washington DC Primavera 2019). Da settembre 2019 è Rappresentante di Georgetown a Roma. Da luglio 2021 è Research Fellow presso il Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs. Dopo il dottorato di ricerca in Filosofia Politica (2005) e quello in Teologia (2012) le sue ricerche e l'insegnamento trattano le dinamiche tra religione e violenza.


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Registration closed on 08/06/2022.



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