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 Invitation to an International Conference 

Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times:

An Approach to Conflict Resolution

January 3-4, 2017                                                                   Patna, India




J.D. Women's College


Magadh University



In general, conflict is collision or disagreement of groups or persons. Conflicts occur when people perceive that, as a consequence of a disagreement, there is a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. Although conflict is a normal part of life of human being providing numerous opportunities for growth through improved understanding and insight, variously it results into negative situations and abnormally difficult circumstances like war.

In present global era we live in a pluralistic world. The various dimensions and perspectives of humanity like our belief and value system, our lives, our attitudes and approach, our religion and culture are the constituent elements of pluralistic human world. These diversified aspects of human beings give rise to the conflicting situations in this pluralist world because of the confronting values, ideas and religions. The variety of ideologies and beliefs poses problems for us when any one of them is regarded as the supreme and absolute truth and the rest of them are considered to be of no use.

Perhaps pluralism will be seen, as it already is by many today, as a positive influence on society, enriching the lives of all while, at the same time, narrow and compartmentalized attitudes have given rise to the competitions and conflicts among different cultures and religions. Resurgence of political radicalism motivated by religion and expressed in religious terms in the last couple of decades has spread renewed awareness and experience of destructive interreligious relations among people in all continents.

 In this grave situation the core question are: what will be the proper way to live in this pluralistic society? What are the core conflicts of this pluralistic society? Is this conflict merely religious in nature or what are other/ related factors?

Suggested sub-themes are:

1.        Cross-cultural human situation and Confronting Ideologies

2.      Dimensions and Problems of Pluralist World.

3.       Politics of Identity and Civilizational Conflict

4.      Factors behind Religious Conflict and Intolerance

5.      Fundamentalist outlook of Religious Groups

6.      Religious Liberalism

7.      Role of Inter-faith dialogue in Conflict Resolution

8.      Role of Social and Distributive Justice in Conflict Resolution.

9.      Role of Social and Moral Values in Conflict Resolution




Please send the abstract and a brief C.V. to Neelima Sinha and Veena Kumari (veenee.pat@gmail.com) and (cua-rvp@cua.edu) until November 30, 2016. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 20 minutes discussion. Full papers (for which in order to promote in-depth investigation there is no upper page limit) will be published by the RVP.



Travel expense and accommodation will be covered by the participants (or their institutions).



Dr. Neelima Sinha

Magadh University

Gaya, India

Dr. Veena Kumari

J.D. Women's College

Patna, India

Email: veenee.pat@gmail.com




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