Timing: 18:30 - 20:30

“Conditions for interreligious dialogue: participants’ Participant specifics or objective factors? ” Round-table

Set of 3 religious symbols: islamic crescent, jewish David's star, christian cross (wall sign on the street of Segovia, Spain)

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On 1 July 2019, Tomsk State University, in cooperation with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, will hold the ‘Conditions for interreligious dialogue: Participant specifics or objective factors’ roundtable.

The possibilities and methods of intercultural interaction are constantly on the agenda in the contemporary world. The harmonious coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups only becomes possible when there is a genuine principle of tolerance, i.e., respect and acceptance of the ‘worldview of the other’.

Nevertheless, the appearance of such tolerance often hides an underlying unwillingness to accept people of different cultures, resulting in low levels of genuine tolerance, a weakness of interaction between different actors, deep-rooted stereotypes, and conflict.

This provokes a number of questions that the participants at the roundtable will try to answer. Among them the following questions will be considered:

  • What role do dialogue platforms play in large and small communities?
  • What qualities should interreligious dialogue participants possess?
  • What external conditions are necessary for dialogue to emerge?
  • And what are the requirements of an effective dialogue space?

The event will be moderated by the TSU Sociology Department Associate Professor and DOC Associated Expert, Roman Bykov. The roundtable will be attended by representatives of Tomsk religious organisations, employees, postgraduates, and students of Tomsk universities, as well as media representatives.

The list of speakers will include Dr. Roman Bykov; Associate Professor at the Department of Antiquity, Middle Ages and the Methodology of History, Oleg Khazanov; and Associate Professor at the Department of Modern History and International Relations, Savely Wolfson.

Venue: Tomsk, Lenin Ave., 34, room 27.

Date: 1 July 2019; 18:30.

Working language: Russian.


Tomsk, Russia

Lenin Avenue 34

For participation please contact Roman Okhotenko via okhotenko@doc-research.org