Analysing the link between religion and violence

Thursday, 14 July 2016

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The link between religion and violence will be analysed by some of the world’s leading authorities as part of the ACU-sponsored Conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion.

The four-day conference in Melbourne this week aims to address one of the most pressing issues of our time: the outbreak of extremist violence and terrorism in the name of religion.

Leaders from a cross-section of the community – including noted European, American and Australian academics, Islamic scholars, religious practitioners, members of the police force and community groups – will contribute to the discussion.

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy senior lecturer Dr Joel Hodge said the Colloquium attracts some of the leading voices in religion, violence and global terrorism to build a framework around what defines the link between religion and violence in the modern setting.

“We continue to attract some of the world’s most respected and insightful leaders in terrorism, religion, theology and philosophy to join our own renowned academics to analyse an issue that remains one of the most talked about and polarising in the global community,” Dr Hodge said.

“This conference aims to build a better understanding of what violence is and its connection to religion, particularly in relation to Islamic extremism.

“By bringing together experts from a wide cross-section of the community and academia we ensure all aspects of this issue are heard, discussed and analysed.”

Professor of Law Father Frank Brennan joins fellow ACU experts Reverend Dr Sarah Bachelard and Naomi Wolfe, international terrorism experts Professor Greg Barton (Deakin University) and Dr Julian Droogan (Macquarie University), and academics Professor Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University) and Professor William T. Cavanaugh (DePaul University).

The Colloquium doubles as the sixth Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar and will focus on bringing together the insights on violence and religion of famed French-Catholic philosopher René Girard. Experts in Girard’s thought, Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy (École Polytechnique, Stanford University), Professor Wolfgang Palaver (University of Innsbruck) and Dr Chris Fleming (Western Sydney University), will contribute an anthropological analysis of religious violence.

The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion takes place at the ACU Melbourne campus from Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July.