Schedule for International Conference on Comparative Theology 23-24 July 2019

Tuesday July 23

8.50 am Welcome to Country
9:00 am

Introduction to Conference

(Dr Anita C. Ray)

9.25 am

Prof Francis X. Clooney

10.30 am Morning tea (30 mins)
11.00 am

Prof Catherine Cornille

12.15 pm Lunch (60 mins)
1.15 pm

Dr Diego Cucarella M.Afr.

2.30pm Afternoon tea (30 mins)

Breakout 1

3.45pm Short break – movement between rooms

Rev. Yesudasan Remias

5.00 pm

End of day’s sessions.



Wednesday July 24

9.00 am

Comments on previous day’s learning

(Prof Francis X Clooney)

9.25 am

Prof Marianne Moyaert

10.30 am Morning tea (30 mins)
11.00 am

Dr Makoto Sawai

12.15 pm Lunch (60 mins)
1.15 pm

Breakout 2 (45 mins)

2.00 pm

Breakout 3 (45 mins)

3.00pm Afternoon tea (30 mins)

Dr Emmanuel Nathan


Concluding remarks: Executive Dean,

Faculty of Theology & Philosophy, Prof Dermot Nestor,

5.00 pm End of conference

Tuesday 23 July 3:00 – 3:45pm Breakout Session 1

Room 1 (HM)

Room 2 (IL)

Room 3 (IL)

Room 4 (STLL)

Room 5 (STLL)

Room 6 (CPT)

Andrew Kingsford

Title: ‘Saiva Ritual Defended - and Repudiated? A Comparison of the views of Arumuga Navalar and J.M. Nallaswami Pillai.’

Dr Amanda Burritt (University of Melbourne) / Dr Katharine Massam (University of Divinity, Melbourne).

Title: ‘Stories of Faith’

Dr Albertus Bagus Laksana SJ. Title:‘Comparative Theology and Inter-religious Learning: Religious Identity and Citizenship in a Plural Society.’

Assoc. Prof John D’Arcy May. Trinity College Dublin, Australian Catholic University. Title: ‘Non-duality: A Christian Option?’

Prof Ismail Albayrak. Title: The notion of ‘spiritual narrowness’, ‘spiritual breadth’ and inner peace in the context of the believer’s life under hardship: with special references to Said Nursi and Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Dr Christopher Longhurst. Lecturer in theology, The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Title: ‘Interfaith Dialogue through Comparative Theology in Abstract Pictorial Art.’

Wednesday 24 July 1:15 - 2:00pm Breakout Session 2

Room 1 (HM)

Room 2 (IL)

Room 3 (STLL)

Room 4 (STLL)

Room 5 (CTP)

Room 6 (HM)

Prof Michael Stoeber. Title: ‘Indigenous and Roman Catholic Canonizations of Nicholas Black Elk: Postcolonial Issues and Inter-religious Implications of Black Elk Speaks.’

Assoc. Prof John Dupuche

Title: ‘Comparative theology and religious education in Catholic Schools.’

Ven. A/Professor Alex Bruce Title: ‘Self & Salvation in Evagrius Ponticus and Tsongkhapa.’

Dr Suleyman SertkayaTitle: ‘The Concept of Infallibility: A Comparative Approach.’

Philip Morrissey

Title: ‘”We have a Law now”: A story of Being from the Aboriginal tradition.’

Dr Antonia Pizzey Title: ‘I am Who I am because of Who We All Are’: Exploring Links between Comparative Theology and Receptive Ecumenism.’

Wednesday 24 July 2:00 – 300 pm Breakout Session 3

Room 1 (HM)

Room 2 (IL)

Room 3 (IL)

Room 4 (STLL)

Room 5 (STLL)

Room 6 (STLL)

Mr Michael Atkinson. Doctoral Candidate, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Title: ‘Reciprocal illumination: extending the theory.’

Prof Constant Mews, Director, Centre for Religious Studies, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University, Melbourne. Title: ‘Songlines and Sacred Teaching: Aquinas, Charlesworth and renewing contemplative pedagogies

Prof Celestina Omoso Isiramen. Department of Religious Management & Cultural Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. Title: ‘Religious Identity: A Pedagogy for Interreligious Education among Nigerian Christians.’

Assoc. Prof. Amy Yu Fu. Dept. of English, Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou, China. Title: ‘Selfhood and the “Unity of Knowing and Action”: Comparative Study of Wang Yang-ming and Swami Vivekananda’s Thought.’

Dr Hakan Coruh. Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University, Sydney campus. Title: ‘The Notion of Wisdom (Hebrew hokhmah; Arabic hikmah) in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions.’

Mr Fatih Tuncer. Whittlesea City Council, Melbourne. Title: ‘Was Rumi a Comparative Theologian?’


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