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Identity and Alterity

Call for Papers

Theme: Identity and Alterity
Subtitle: Religion in the Global Society
Type: 4th International Conference Religion, Knowledge, Society
Institution: Faculty of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanța
Location: Constanța (Romania)
Date: 18.–19.6.2018
Deadline: 1.5.2018

We are proud to invite you to join us at 4th International Conference
Religion, Knowledge, Society (RKS), that will take place from 18th -
19th June 2018 in Constanța, Romania.

This scientific conference is organized by Faculty of Theology,
Ovidius University of Constanța, Romania.

This challenging conference on religion and society is intended to be
a academic forum of discussions and debates for professors,
researchers, PhD students, and others.


Probably the greatest opportunity, and in an equal manner, the
challenge of the 21st century society is represented by cultural,
religious, social interaction facilitated by the new technological
developments related to communication, by the dynamics of
globalization and by the phenomenon of migration. The identitary
values are presented out of their original context and are being
launched in a plan of visibility and interaction with other values.
This interaction approximates cultures, religions, social mentalities
in a dialogical relationship, thus creating the premises of an
architectural constructive paradigm of approaching the “other”.

The problem debated here is of regulating the relation between
different religious identities, of the rights that every religion has
to express in the public or private area its own faith structures,
cult, teaching. The major risk that derives from this relation is the
minimization of identity and promoting a relativizing diversity. In
this sense, the way in which we relate to the other may generate a
series of challenges that require as many solutions as these: What
are the capable measures to leading to the avoidance of religious
fanaticism in contact with other religious identities and affirming a
religious tolerance? How may one exercise religious freedom without
attempting to the allogenic values of the other who belongs to a
different cultural-religious area? Is multiculturalism a viable
paradigm of the contemporary society? What are the paradigmatic
frames of the relation between politics and religion in respecting
the democratic right of a religious choice?

It is noted that the identity-alterity relation is placed in a
secular society, in which the postmodern reinterpretation of religion
generates a continuous dissolution of identity and a lack of
awareness of the allegiance toward acknowledged religious values.
This new reality sustained by moral relativism, that proliferates in
a consumerist society in which the existential fact of “being” is
hijacked with the necessity of “to have”, has permitted the shaping
of a lack of horizon in approaching other religious identities.

The conference aims to define an theological, philosophical and
sociological common effort for a correct, realistic and constructive
reception of the interaction between religions in the contemporary


- identity and alterity: philosophical and theological perspectives
- religious freedom and human rights: political and theological
- religious fundamentalism: theological, sociological and political
- tolerance/intolerance in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism,
 Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism
- interreligious dialogue and peace in a pluralistic society
- faith, reason and secular mentality
- religion and globalization: challenges and opportunities


Proposals must contain an abstract (300-500 words) with a brief C.V.
and must be sent to: and

Proposals are accepted until 1st May 2018. All abstracts will be peer
reviewed and acceptance/rejection is based on their relevance to the
conference topics. Notification on acceptance/rejection is sent
within 7 days after the submissions has been received.


The following presentation formats will be possible at the

- Oral presentation
Take an advantage of oral presentation of your paper/ research on
site and get the first hand remarks and comments from the audience.
Encourage a live discussion regarding the presented topic and network
with other researchers and academics.

- Video presentation
Participations who are not able to attend the conference in person
may opt for this presenting format. Participants will watch either
your recorded presentation or will be following it trough a live
stream. They will be able to ask the questions either in a real time
trough the internet connection or may fill in the reflection forms
which we will be mailing back to you, if requested.

Important Dates

Deadline for proposals (abstract):
1st May 2018

Deadline for papers submissions:
1st June 2018

Conference dates:
18th - 19th June 2018


The official languages of the conference are English and Romanian.
Attendance of delegates from more than 15 countries is expected.

Conference website: