Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century




Religious Constructions of the Other

A multi-religious, multi-disciplinary academic conference

May 15 – 17, 2016

Inter-religious Studies Centre, Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Gopin, Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. (Bio:

Other Conference Highlights: Fossil-Free Faith multi-faith youth panel discussion (, World music concert.

Possible Paper Topics: We welcome conference submissions from any academic discipline exploring the following and related topics:

  • Texts or traditions offering positive or negative portraits of religious others
  • Study of conflict resolution strategies between religiously different groups or individuals
  • Philosophical, psychological, theological or anthropological theories of self/other
  • Sociological or psychological studies of attitudes towards religious others
  • Portrayals of religious others in popular culture or media
  • Images of the “other” in relation to colonialism, violence, or legal issues
  • Aspects of Truth and Reconciliation

Paper Preparation Guidelines: Initial abstracts outlining the context and argument of the paper should be 150-200 words. Completed papers should be approximately 3,000 words and grounded in a theological, historical, or sociological perspective. Papers may introduce a particular religious or atheistic tradition, enabling conference goers to learn about multiple traditions as they explore the conference theme. Papers should be clearly written, accessible to those outside the author’s discipline and religious tradition. Conference breakout sessions will last 60 minutes, allowing for a 25-minute oral presentation followed by a response and group discussion. Plans for publishing a volume based on conference papers are in process.

Submission and Notification Schedule: Abstracts, a 50-word bio and phone/email/postal contact information due Nov 30 to We will notify presenters of acceptance by Dec 15. Completed papers due by March 1, in time for local respondents to prepare for the conference.

Graduate Students Take Note: Accepted papers by graduate students will automatically be entered into an essay contest. If you are a graduate student, please note that on the cover page of your completed paper.

Registration opens December 15. The $150 fee/$75 for students includes continental breakfast and lunch each day. Limited on-campus accommodations at Carey Centre are available at a rate of $99 per day at Carey Centre; information will be posted along with a registration form.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan and graduate assistants at, or visit our website at


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