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Spaces of coexistence/Spaces of differentiation

Posted By Stefano Villani, Monday, May 9, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 9, 2016

The debate over the history of toleration has been particularly lively in the last decade. In the past, intellectual historians tended to suggest a close link between Enlightenment ideals and the coherent formulation of religious toleration as a social value. Recent scholarship, however, has emphasized that in the "age of Confessionalization" the permeability of religious boundaries allowed pluralism and manifold forms of tolerance. These in turn contributed to shaping the ideal of peaceful coexistence between different religions or denominations.

In our panels we seek to investigate both the spaces in which religious diversity could be manifested, and the strategies that civic and religious authorities adopted to deal with it.

We will focus not only on spaces of coexistence in multiconfessional states, but also on enclaves and liminal areas within mono-confessional political entities where some forms of religious diversity were tolerated. We will also investigate the types of meeting place (embassies, bookshops, markets, etc.) where people of different religions could come into contact and interact with each other.

Proposals are due by 24 May 2016 to Stefano Villani (Emodir - Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism)


Proposals must include:

– One-page CV (max 300 words, NOT in prose,  NOT in PDF format)

– Title of the paper (max 15 words) + draft abstract (max 150 words) + keywords (max 4), NOT in PDF format

– Specification of any audio/visual needs

Tags:  hybridity  minorities  multiconfessionalism  religion  religious diversity  toleration 

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