The fourth edition of the conference cluster Rethinking Religion in India: “Secularism, Religion and Law” will take place in Hubli, India from the 24th to the 27th of November. It is open to scholars from religious studies, law, political sciences and Asian studies.
So far the conferences have focused on the theoretical framework in which the Indian traditions are described as religions and the understanding of certain conflicts and problems in India that are generally linked to ‘religion’. This year the aim is to extend the scope of the conference.
If we accept that the theoretical framework in which the Indian traditions are understood as religions is dependent on the Christian theological framework on which it is based, then this must also affect the understanding of other areas of human existence. One such area is the understanding of what a 'good' and 'just' society is. The aim of the fourth conference is to explore the extent to which Christian notions about truth and falsehood, the goal of law and the nature of a person, have determined the Western judicial system; the extent to which this is different from the Indian understanding of these aspects; and the result this has on the implementation of the western judicial system in India. This will be the focus of the Platform sessions. In the Roundtable sessions the issue of religious and communal violence in India will be further explored.
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