Religion and Violence
Since September 2013 the Center for Religious Studies has presented interdisciplinary workshops and seminars on the role of religion as a factor with for organized violence and for peace building.
The aim of this project is to analyze the relationship between “religion” and violence, considering “religion” not as an independent and decontextualized variable, but as a factor linked to politics, society, culture, economy and ethics. The following questions lead the research:
- If and how is possible violence in the name of religion;
- If and how religion changes while interacting with violence;
- Why does violence need to appeal to religion?
- If and how religion could play a role to mitigate violence;
- Which is the relationship among divine images, religious imageries and violence?
The project will address these questions in an interdisciplinary horizon, considering six perspectives:
- the role of the sacred texts;
- the impact and the role of religion in the globalized and partially secularized world;
- the relationship between religious imagery and socio-political practices;
- the anthropological philosophical dimension deal with the relation between religious imaginary and socio-political practices of individual and group;
- the religious science approach: this shall clear the difference among faiths, religions and theology and the way in which they take in part to the dynamics between religion and violence;
- the importance of the women in the conflicts.
Despite of the impossibility of resolving these issues, this interdisciplinary research will contribute to a better understanding of the contemporary context.
10 October 2017 — 12 October 2017What is the role of sacred texts and related theories in shaping political frames more incline to tolerance and pluralism or on the contrary to radicalism and violence? What is the resulting role of religion in violent conflicts? Starting from these questions, aim of the conference is to analyze the various roles of sacred texts in different religious and cultural traditionsMore info
20 April 2016The seminar is part of the project Religion and Violence: religions and faith as builders of peace and as a way out of radicalism, coordinated from Debora TonelliMore info
21 October 2015A seminar held by Dr. Debora TonelliMore info
15 January 2015 | 11:00 — 16:30More info
18 October 2013 | 15:30 — 17:30Eliseo Masini's manual, The Sacred Arsenal, is a sophisticated practice of the inquisitorial process where torture and interrogation reach a high level of ritualizationMore info
27 September 2013 | 18:00 — 21:00What are the relations between the political and religious dimensions? Which links exist between political conflict and religion, in other words between violence and religion? In which ways and with which methods is it possible to decipher them in order to understand them and then deal with them?More info