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DSF Workshop "South Africa Database - Violence and the Role of Religions in South Africa"

07.-09.04.2016

DSF Workshop "South Africa Database - Violence and the Role of Religions in South Africa"

a cooperation of the JCRS, the Economic Department of FSU Jena and the Stellenbosch University South Africa

"Confession, forgiveness and reconciliation in the lives of nations are not just airy-fairy religious and spiritual things, nebulous and unrealistic. They are the stuff of practical politics." (Tutu 2002, 351.)

The conference has been explorative with the overall aim to discuss methodological questions and possibilities for the research of the "role of religions after conflicts" to support the discussion with regards to content in this interdisciplinary context.
It had a focus on the research of the role of religions in South Africa and their ambivalent influence on conflicts, "violence circles" and peace in a micro-level analysis.
Therefore also the causes and consequences of conflicts and violence from a micro-level-perspective, including the importance of retributive justice were issues of the conference.

The project was is a cooperation of theological and economical scientists and there should be further projects coming.

There have been presentations (chronologically) of Dr. Helga Dickow, Prof. Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Prof. Christo Thesnaar, Dr. J. Tarusarira, Prof. D. Smit, Prof. Andreas Freytag, Prof. Martin Leiner and Prof. Stan Du Plessis.

Program

Day 1, 07.04.
18:00 welcome dinner, Hotel Zum Schwarzen Bären, Jena

Day 2, 08.04.

time
    topic
speaker
10:00-11:30
   Religious Attitudes and the Possibility of Peace Papers by H. Dickow,
response by R. Wüstenberg
11:45-13:15     
   Experiences of Reconciliation: Theological and Empirical  Perspectives Paper by C. Thesnaar,
response by J.Tarusarira
14:30-16:30    Soft Skills and Big Data: Overcoming Violence through Religion(s)? Paper by D. Smit,
response by A.Freytag
16:45-18:15
   Panel discussion with all participants
moderation: Prof. Martin Leiner

Day 3, 09.04.

09:15-10:45

   Is there a Method to this Madness? The Rationality of Religious Peacemaking  Paper by M. Leiner,
  response by S. du Plessis
11:00-12:00      

   Future Perspectives  Presentation by A. Freytag,
discussion with all participants

Have a look at the pictures on our facebook page!

The videos of the presentations will soon be uploaded on our youtube page!