The ESITIS conference in 2019 tok place in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Theme: The Hope and Despair of Religions: Exploring the Nexus of Theory and Praxis

The biannual conference of the European Society of Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) will be held in Sarajevo, 24-27 April 2019. In Sarajevo, we will proceed onwards from the theme of our 2017 conference in M√ľnster – Religion and Politics in the Crisis of Engagement: Towards the Relevance of Intercultural Theologies and Interreligious Studies – by further exploring this practical turn by scholars and scholar-practitioners in the fields of interreligious studies, religious studies and theology, focusing on religiously plural societies, intercultural theology, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, and more.

By holding the conference in Sarajevo, we seek to engage with the historical and current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans in our search for relevant practices and theories of community building and transitional justice. We also hope to establish a larger web of perspectives and insights from empirical as well as philosophical, textual, systematic, and legal studies beyond the Bosnian context. We will examine the influence that empirical studies have on theology and ask whether/how such studies challenge us to pay more attention to the practical component of religious, interreligious, and transreligious lives. From a critical perspective we seek to address the peacebuilding mechanisms that religious traditions and communities may offer as well as the obstacles religions and religious people may pose in establishing peace. A decolonial/postcolonial gender perspective will be included.

ESITIS is happy to partner with three theological faculties in hosting this conference: the University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Catholic Theology and Faculty  of  Islamic  Sciences as well as the University of East Sarajevo’s Orthodox Theological Faculty ‘St. Basil of Ostrog’ (located in Fo?a). Additionally we are grateful for the partnership of the Institute for the Bosniak Islamic Traditionand TPO Foundation.