CJCR Summer School 2006:
The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity
Cambridge, Westminster College, 4-14 July 2006
The programme explores, both in theory and in practice, the relationship between religion and contemporary European identity. It focuses on the period after 1990, an era which has brought a resurgence of religion that now plays an increasingly public role in international and inter-communal relations. The contribution of the Roman Catholic Church to Jewish-Christian relations and European integration has been widely acknowledged, particularly in connection with the pontificate of John Paul II, seen as one of the key motivators for European unification.
With the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy, there is a new public focus on religious values in European integration. Yet for some, Benedict XVI’s fundamentalism is depicted negatively as a threat to liberal and secular identity. Furthermore, since the disintegration of the bipolar system of the Cold War, cultural and religious fundamentalism have been used in a search for ethnic and national identification, as have concerns over globalisation and European integration.
It is facile to perceive ‘fundamentalism’ and globalisation simply as negative phenomena. Two positive effects of globalisation, which will be discussed, are the growth of a knowledge-based society and the increasing elimination of communication barriers. With these in mind, the programme will explore the scope for constructive co-existence and inclusion in Europe.
The Summer School will also include participation in a three-day international conference, on 10-12 July 2006. Further details about the conference are below.
Early booking: £350
After 28 February 2006: £450
The fee represents tuition fee and includes cost of the international conference. It excludes international travel, room and board. For cost of college-type accommodation and meals, please contact Summer School Coordinator or visit the Summer School website.
Registration deadline: 1 May 2006
If you miss the deadline, please contact the Summer School Coordinator about availability of places.
The Summer School is open to the general public and subject to qualifications can be taken as a Master's level module (M920).
Application form is available from the Summer School website or can be requested from Summer School Coordinator.
Coordinator & enquiries
Lucia Faltin, Director of International Programmes, CJCR, Cambridge:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (44 1223) 741 038.
Summer School website:
Director of International Programmes
Centre for the study of Jewish-Christian Relations
Cambridge CB5 8BJ
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