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10: What can religions contribute to social justice?


Religious extremism represents a severe threat in national and international conflicts. On the other hand, religions have helped shape and stabilise the social fabric of many countries. Some religious organisations aim to foster peace, ecological sustainability, and resilience in crisis situations. Co-operation among organisations of different religious and cultural affiliations is on the rise, as exemplified by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This seminar will analyse the applied social doctrines of different religions and subject the dichotomy between the dangers of religious extremism and the constructive potential of religious belief systems to a critical debate.

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: The approaching climate shocks - resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on our evolutionSeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient are ecosystem services to disturbances?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 11: European Security - moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience against environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: a resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: (How) Do we decide?Seminar
Seminar 16: The interaction of the evolution with our human microbiomeSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Spoken word poetry: the power of languageSeminar
Seminar 20: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: a guest lecture by Anya Schiffrin on investigative journalismPlenary