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2021

Islamic Religious Education in Europe

Against the backdrop of labour migration and the ongoing refugee crisis, the ways in which Islam is taught in educational settings has become a major topic of debate in Europe. The new publication ‘Islamic Religious Education in Europe’ tackles the challenges and benefits of effective Islamic Religious Education (IRE). We welcomed two of the authors Martin Rothgangel (Universität Wien) and Abdullah Sahin (University of Warwick) at the online book launch.
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Behind the Scenes of 'Passion. Histories of the Heart'

The Religious Bodies team takes you behind the scenes of the creation of the Antwerp city walk and exhibition in St Paul’s Church. They share their thoughts on the methods, sources and historiographical fields they used to tell the complex stories of the heart in Catholic symbolism, devotion and mysticism in the 19th and 20th centuries. The emotional meanings of the mortal hearts of believers and the divine hearts of Jesus and Mary take centre stage in a multilayered view of religious images, objects and practices.
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Planetary Theology and Climate Change

What is the role of ‘man’, ‘government’ and ‘the political’ in the context of climate change? Prof. Peter Scott draws from popular culture and from planetary and political theology in this webinar.
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Javier Melloni sj

Ouverture à la diversité religieuse

On Wednesday 21 April from 7.00 – 9.45 p.m. UTC+2, inTOUCH organizes, together with Chapelle pour l’Europe and UCSIA an online book launch of Ouverture à la diversité religieuse, the first French publication by the Spanish Jesuit Javier Melloni. The book calls on religious traditions to open up to diversity within their own traditions.
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In the Name of Separation: Judaism and Christianity on Trial

Philosopher and musicologist Danielle Cohen-Levinas of Sorbonne Université gave a webinar on the topic of 'separation'. Judaism and Christianity are Abrahamic religions that share a common text: the Hebrew Bible. However, from the second century onwards, this common foundation has undergone a separation. The text is now available in French, English and Dutch.
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2020

Women, Work & Care: Towards a New Economic Balance

Professor Yana Van der Meulen Rodgers reflects on how to build a feminist economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Following, Ilse De Vooght shares the coming about and the results of the experiment of the 30-hour working week, conducted over the past year at the women’s organization Femma.
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Towards a Financial Market that Serves Society

How do we move towards a financial market that’s serving society? Political economist Ann Pettifor and Thomas Van Craen, Managing Director at Triodos Bank, investigated this question in the first preparatory webinar towards the 'Economy of Francesco' conference. 
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The Dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims

Experts Felix Körner sj and Etienne Vetö discussed the current issues in the trialogue with representatives of the three different faiths. This online colloquium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Christian magazine Tertio, and was organized in cooperation with The Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) and UCSIA.
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Christianity, Social Justice and Civic Duty after Assisi 2020

On 3 October 2020, Pope Francis launched his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti in Assisi. Francis Davis explores what we can learn from the document. The main question of this online lecture is: how can we concretize fresh strategies to shape social and economic change and civic duties as we tease out a global future in the age of disruption?
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Summer School webinar 'The Prosperity Ethic'

In this exclusive webinar with two of our Summer School tutors, socioligist Jayeel Cornelio presented his research on the prosperity ethic in the Philippines. Angie Heo responded from an anthropological angle. This year's Summer School on 'Religion, Mobility and Politics' had to be postponed due to the pandemic. With this webinar we brought together the researchers.
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New vision statement 'Religion, Culture & Society'

What does the UCSIA theme ‘Religion, Culture & Society' embrace? What topics are selected and why? What will we highlight in the coming years?
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Fifth anniversary Laudato Si

In 2015, Pope Francis made a strong call for a solidary approach of the ecological crisis with the encyclic Laudato Si’. The website Laudato Si' Week collects all the initiatives on the occasion of its fifth anniversary, from online conferences to joint moments of prayer.
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Webinar Fr. General on the mission of the Society of Jesus post COVID

On 30 April Fr. General Arturo Sosa sj gave a webinar on caring for the mission of the Society of Jesus post COVID following his letter of 25 March.
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Pope Francis urges to reflect on “life after the pandemic”

In the wake of Easter, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the popular movements and organizations that keep the society going today, in the struggle against COVID-19. In this letter, he urges us not to fall into former routines at the end of this crisis, but to ask ourselves how we can do things differently.
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Call for Applications: extended deadline

for the UCSIA Summer School
on 'Religion, Mobility & Politics'
on 23-30 August 2020
at the University of Antwerp
new submission deadline:
15 April 2020
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Corona virus

Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, we decided to cancel all UCSIA events in March. Our coworkers will be working from home as much as possibe, so our opening hours will be limited.
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Visit Resam

On 29 January 2020 we received Resam in Antwerp. This Danish organization consists of prominent religious leaders of the 3 monotheistic religions. Their goal: interreligious dialogue. Our guide, rabbi Aaron Malinsky, showed our guests around in the Jewish district and the synagogue.

2019

Call for Applications

for the UCSIA Summer School
on 'Religion, Mobility & Politics'
on 23-30 August 2020
at the University of Antwerp
submission deadline:
15 March 2020
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Supernatural religion in the age of empire

Call for papers for a workshop on the interaction between supernatural beliefs and experiences of colonialism and imperialism on October 18th 2019 at the University of Antwerp.
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Converso Paulinism

Watch Claude Stuczynski's talk on Converso Paulinism in the framework of the UCSIA-IJS Chair online!

Call for Application

UCSIA Summer School
on Relgion and Mobility
25 August – 1 September 2019
Antwerp, Belgium
deadline: 31 March 2019

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