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Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture

International Conferences

The Institute conducts annually a major international conference exploring issues at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture. The 2014 Conference, held in Istanbul, Turkey, addressed the pressing question of the status of minority religions in Muslim-majority countries. The 2015 Conference to be held in Manila, Philippines will explore interfaith issues in Southeast Asia. A tentative draft of the conference is below:

 

FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ON THE MUSLIM WORLD 2015

 

“Southeast Asian Islam and Interfaith Relations”

 OCTOBER 3-10, 2015

 DE LA SALLE – COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE

 

Sponsored by De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, The Program in Islamic, Turkish, and Near Eastern Studies at Washington College, and Creative Learning Inc., Washington DC.

 

 PROGRAM

 Saturday, October 3, 2015    Day 0

 Arrival of Participants

 Sunday, October 4, 2015       Day 1

 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon                    City Tour

 

12:00 – 1: 30 P.M.                             Lunch

 

4:00 P.M.  - 5:30 P.M.                       Registration  

 

5:30 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.                       Opening Ceremony

 

President and Chancellor - Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC

 

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Faculty Advisor, African and Near Eastern Studies concentrations, Dr. Tahir Shad

 

Professor and Chairperson of Consul and Diplomatic Affairs, Mr. Gary Ador-Dionisio

 

President of Creative Learning Inc. William Kruvant

 

Keynote Address:       Cardinal Tagle or a Bishop

 

6:15 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.                       Welcome Dinner

 

Monday, October 5, 2015                Day 2

 7:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.                                   Breakfast  Café de Manille

 

8:15 A.M.                                                       Greetings and House Rules

 

Session 1:  8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.              Muslim Christian Conflicts and Resolution

Chair:  

Discussants:   

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

10:30 A.M. -11:00 A.M.                                Tea & Coffee Break

 

Session 2: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                Christian Moslem Dialogue on History and

                                                                                    Theology

Chair:  

Discussants:  

                        

            Analysis led by Discussants

 

1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.                                    Lunch Break Banquet Hall, Hotel Benilde

 

Session 3: 2:00 P.M -4:00 P.M.                   Comparative Extremisms

            Chair:  

            Discussants:      

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

4:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.                                    Tea & Coffee Break

 

4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.                                    Roundtable Discussion A:

Sunni and Shi’ite Relations in Southeast Asia

 

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.                                   Poster Viewing / Conversations

             

6:30 P.M. -8:30 P.M.                                     Dinner

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015               Day 3

 7:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.                                   Breakfast Café de Manille

 

8:15 A.M.                                                       Greetings and Announcements

 

Session 4:  8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.              Great Power Politics and Southeast Asian

                                                                                    Religion

Chair:  

Discussants:   

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

10:30 A.M. -11:00 A.M.                                Tea & Coffee Break

 

Session 5: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                Southeast Asian Religions and Gender

                                                                        Empowerment

Chair: 

Discussants:  

                        

            Analysis led by Discussants

 

1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.                                    Lunch Break Banquet Hall, Hotel Benilde

 

Session 6: 2:00 P.M -4:00 P.M.                   Islamic Finance (International Political

                                                                                    Economy)

            Chair:  

            Discussants:      

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

4:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.                                    Tea & Coffee Break

 

4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.                                    Roundtable Discussion B:

Muslim Christian Relations in Southeast Asia

 

 

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.                                   Poster Viewing / Conversations

             

6:30 P.M. -8:30 P.M.                         Dinner

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015                    Day 4

7:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.                                   Breakfast Café de Manille

 

8:15 A.M.                                                       Greetings and Announcements

 

Session 7:  8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.              Demand for Islamic State in Southeast Asia

Chair:  

Discussants:   

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

10:30 A.M. -11:00 A.M.                                Tea & Coffee Break

 

Session 8: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                Contestation between Secular and Religious

                                                                                    Lifestyles

Chair: 

Discussants:  

                        

            Analysis led by Discussants

 

1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.                                    Lunch Break Banquet Hall, Hotel Benilde

 

Session 9: 2:00 P.M -4:00 P.M.                   Religion and Media (Traditional plus Social)

            Chair:  

            Discussants:      

 

 Analysis led by Discussants

 

4:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.                                    Tea & Coffee Break

 

4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.                                    Roundtable Discussion C:

Security Issues in Southeast Asia

 

 

5:30 P.M.  – 6:30 P.M.                                  Poster Viewing / Conversations

 

6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.                                   Closing Ceremony

 

Thursday, October 8, 2015             Day 5

7:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.                                   Breakfast at Hotel

 

8:15 A.M.                                                       Greetings and Announcements

 

8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.                                 Workshop 1

 

10:00 A.M. -10:30A.M.                                 Tea & Coffee Break

 

10:30 A.M - 12:00 P.M.                                Workshop 2

 

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.                                  Lunch Break Banquet Hall, Hotel Benilde

 

1:00 P.M -3:00 P.M.                                     Workshop 3 

 

3:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.                                    Tea & Coffee Break:

 

3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.                                    Workshop 4  

 

Friday, October 9, 2015                  Day 6

6::00 A.M. - 7:30 A.M.                                  Breakfast at Hotel

 

7:30 A.M.                                                       Departure for Cultural Trip

 

6:00 P.M.                                                        Estimated Arrival at Hotel

 

6:00 – 8:30 P.M.                                            Dinner

 

Saturday, October 10, 2015            Day 7

 

Departure Shuttles to Airport  & Free for Private Interests

 

 

The Scientific Committee:

 

- Tahir Shad, Washington College USA

- Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware, USA

- Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE

- Nuri Tınaz, Marmara University

- Hossein Godazgar, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, UK

 

Local Organizing Committee:

 

  • Robert Tang, DLS-CSB, PHILIPPINES

  • Gary Ador-Dionisio, DLS-CSB, PHILIPPINES

  • Anna Rhodora Solar, DLS-CSB,  PHILIPPINES

  • Carmelita Lazatin, DLS-CSB, PHILIPPINES

     

     

     Conference Partners:

     

  • Creative Learning Inc., USA

  • De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Philippines

  • Washington College, USA

  • Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, UK

  • American University, Egypt

  • American University, USA

  • Baku State University, Azerbaijan

  • Fatih University, Turkey

  • Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

  • George Mason University, USA

  • Georgetown University, USA

  • Grenoble Institute of Politics, France

  • Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran

  • Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey

  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

  • Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey

  • İstanbul Sehir University, Turkey

  • İstanbul University, Turkey

  • Marmara University, Turkey

  • McDaniel College, USA

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Sakarya University, Turkey

  • Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Strasbourg University, France

  • The College of New Jersey, USA

  • University of Delaware, USA

  • University of Denver, USA

  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • University of Tehran, Iran

  • University of Vienna, Austria

  • Yeditepe University, Turkey