2024 REL PRO

9th Annual International Symposium on Religion & Theology
Program (Athens Local Time)

27-30 May 2024
9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece

(Note 1: the program is organized along time slots and not according to common theme)
(Note 2: at the end of each session questions and discussions will follow)

Monday 27 May 2024


Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

  • Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.
10:00-11:30 Session 1
Moderator: Ori Soltes
, Teaching Professor, Georgetown University, USA.
  1. Patrick Downey, Professor, St. Mary’s College of California, USA.
    Title: From Private Bodies to a Shareable Body Politic. A Theological Solution to a Foundational Political Problem.
  2. Zeev Herzog, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
    Title: Was Monotheism the Dominant Religion in the Kingdom of Judah? A View Through an Archaeological Lens.
  3. Robert Aleksander Maryks, Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
    Title: Recovering Forgotten Religious Tumults: Crisis of Civic Values in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania.


11:30-13:00 Session 2
Moderator: Robert Aleksander Maryks,
Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
  1. Olivier Hamel, Professor, University Toulouse 3, France.
    Title: Dentistry and Spirituality; A French Perspective.
  2. Eleonora Papaleontiou-Louca, Associate Professor, European University Cyprus, Cyprus.
    Title: The Role of Teachers in the Development of Children’s and Adolescents’ Spirituality According to Maslow.
  3. Sanaa Riaz, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA.
    Title: Spirits and Social Agency.


13:00-14:30 Session 3
Moderator: Eleonora Papaleontiou-Louca
, Associate Professor, European University Cyprus, Cyprus.
  1. Joseph Bush, Professor Emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary, USA.
    Title: God’s Oikos: Fifty Years of Ecumenical Thinking about Ecology and the Economic Trinity.
  2. Nadja Furlan Stante, Professor, Science and Research Centre Koper (ZRS Koper), Slovenia.
    Title: A Call for Women’s Engagement in Environmental Interreligious Peacebuilding.

14:30-15:30 Lunch

15:30-17:00 Session 4
Moderator: TBA
  1. Cong Cong, Chair Professor, Nanjing University & Co-Director, Nanjing-Birmingham-Phoenix Shakespeare Centre, China.
    Title: Politics and Philosophy of the Aged: Senior Rulers More Sinn’d against than Sinning.
  2. Martyna Koszkalo, Professor, University of Gdańsk, Poland.
    Title: John Duns Scotus’s Analysis of the Structure of the Will in the Light of 14th Century Philosophical and Theological Discussions.
  3. Side Emre, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, USA.
    Title: On the Cusp of Divine Truths and the Everlasting Quest for Knowledge: Diagramming Esoteric Knowledge in Sixteenth Century Ottoman Sufi Literature.


17:00-19:00 Session 5
Moderator: Jevgenija Sivoronova
, Researcher, Daugavpils University, Latvia.
  1. Samir Roy, Professor, National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR), Kolkata, India.
    Title: The Missing Link between the Strong AI Thesis and Searle’s Chinese Room Argument.
  2. Aylon Cohen, Lecturer, Freie Universität – Berlin, Germany.
    Title: How does the Body Signify Meaning? Gesture, Affect and Signification in the Work of Norbert Elias.
  3. Hatice Zeynep Coskunkan, Master’s Graduate, Koç University, Türkiye.
    Title: The Value of Insatiable Curiosity.
  4. Johannes Wirtz, Teacher, Gymnasium (German High School), Erzbischöfliche Ursulinenschule Hersel, Germany.
    Title: Is Classical Music Superior to Pop Music? On the Structure of the Evaluation of Music.

Athenian Early Evening Symposium (includes in order of appearance: continuous academic discussions, dinner, wine/water, music)

Tuesday 28 May 2024

09:00-10:30 Session 6
Moderator TBA
  1. Hanna Herzog, Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
    Title: Religious Resurgence Between Inclusion and Exclusion: Gender Perspectives of the Israeli Case.
  2. Ori Soltes, Teaching Professor, Georgetown University, USA.
    Title: Shaping God in Modernity: From Descartes to Spinoza.
  3. Anthony Nderitu, Teacher, Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, UK.
    Title: Hallmarks of Religious Extremism in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


10:30-12:00 Session 7
Moderator TBA
  1. Mohammad Ashraf Adeel, Professor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA.
    Title: Revelation and Virtue.
  2. Robert Bishop, Professor, Wheaton College, USA.
    Title: Contextual Emergence and Consciousness.
  3. Francesco Allegri, Assistant Professor, Pegaso University, Italy.
    Title: Overcoming Anthropocentrism in Moral Philosophy: The Perspectives of Rationalism, Sentientism, Biocentrism and Ecocentrism.


12:00-13:30 Session 8
Moderator TBA
  1. Roderick Long, Professor, Auburn University, USA.
    Title: Everyone Who Goes to India Becomes Rich: Hindu Epistemology meets Jewish Theology in Saadya Gaon’s Book of Beliefs and Opinions.
  2. Jonathan Milevsky, Educator, Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Canada.
    Title: Yos’l Rakover Talks to God: Seeing Zvi Kolitz’ Famous Novel through the Lens of Joseph Soloveitchik’s Philosophy.

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Session 9
Moderator TBA
  1. Aixin Zhang, PhD Student, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China.
    Zhilong Yan, Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China.
    Title: Cross-Cultural Mysticism: Unveiling the Interplay between Totemic Beliefs and Unique Experiences.
  2. Swagata Ghosh, Assistant Professor, University of North Bengal, India.
    Title: Nature of Vedic Ethics and its Critique as Soteriology.
  3. James Downey, Associate Professor, Hollins University, USA.
    Title: On Truth Relativism.
  4. Katherine Cooklin, Professor, Slippery Rock University, USA.
    Title: Foucault on Subjugated Knowledge and Emancipatory Aims.


17:00-20:00 Session 10
Old and New-An Educational Urban Walk
The urban walk ticket is not included as part of your registration fee. It includes transportation costs and the cost to enter the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Acropolis Hill. The urban walk tour includes the broader area of Athens. Among other sites, it includes: Zappion, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Roman Agora and on Acropolis Hill: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. The program of the tour may be adjusted, if there is a need beyond our control. This is a private event organized by ATINER exclusively for the conference participants.


Wednesday 29 May 2024
An Educational Visit to Selected Islands
or Mycenae Visit

Thursday 30 May 2024
Visiting the Oracle of Delphi

Friday 31 May 2024
Visiting the Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion


Conference Venue: 9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece


+30 2103634210
+30 2103634209




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