The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) is an international and interdisciplinary society for the scholarly study of intercultural theology and interreligious relations. It was established in Amsterdam 19 March 2005.
“It is in meetings like ESITIS — and its counterparts around the world — that the future of our understanding of ourselves as intelligent religious persons is being worked out, written, taught.”(Francis X. Clooney in his blog after the Salzburg conference in 2009)
Although most of the society’s members are based in Europe, it develops and maintains links with scholars from other continents. That was visible, for example, in the number of speakers and participants coming from the US, Canada, and the Middle East. The conference provided the occasion for launching a new journal: Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology (ISIT) [see the journal/Publisher webpage]. Steps were also taken to mark the presence of ESITIS members at the American cademy of Religion (AAR), where ESITIS, together with ISIT, the Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS), the newly established Association for Interreligious/Interfaith Studies (AIIS), and The Pluralism Project at Harvard will arrange a pre-AAR workshop on Friday, 17 November 2017.