Conflict Resolution and Interreligious Relations – the case of Burma
Interreligious relations are important aspects of many conflicts around the world, and can also be a key factor when working towards finding solutions to them. Interreligious dialogue has, in some contexts, proven to be an effective tool in peace building and conflict resolution. In complex situations, such as the one in Burma, interreligious dialogue is an important aspect of working towards promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal #16.
The 7th of December Forum for Mission Studies invites to a seminar with the title Conflict Resolution and Interreligious Relations – the Case of Burma.
The seminar will discuss issues such as different forms of Buddhist nationalism, how interreligious dialogue can contribute to building peace and examples from the work with interfaith dialogue in Burma.
Two of the speakers are Dr. Jude Lal Fernando and Mikael Wiking. One additional speaker to be confirmed.
Forum for Mission Studies is a collaboration between the Swedish Mission Council and World Christianity and Interreligious Studies at the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University.
Place: Uppsala University, exact location to be announced.
For questions and to sign up: email@example.com, by December 4th.
About the lecturers:
Dr. Jude Lal Fernando is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. He brings praxis-based experience to the academic context in the fields of interreligious studies and international peace studies. His main research interests are religion, peace, and conflict, with a specific focus on the role of interreligious dialogue in peace-building, and ethno-nationalisms and geopolitics, focusing on Sri Lanka in particular, and South Asia more generally. (See also: https://www.tcd.ie/ise/staff/j-l-fernando.php)
Mikael Wiking has a background in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance with over 10 years of experience and a number of shorter deployments as well as longer missions in foremost Liberia, Haiti and Myanmar. During the last 1,5 years he has been working for Church of Sweden’s International Department in Myanmar with a focus on building up its Just peace program portfolio. In this work there has been a particular focus on how interfaith dialogue can contribute to peacebuilding. This has included mapping of the interfaith actor landscape, capacity building with interfaith networks and looking at how women’s inclusion in peacebuilding and particularly in interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding can be augmented. Today Mikael works with humanitarian assistance in West Africa with a focus on the Lake Chad region.