In collaboration with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and Indonesian Association of Religious Researchers (APAI), the Agency for Research, Development and Training of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will convene bi-annual symposium with the following main theme:

“Religious Life, Ethics and Human Dignity in the Disruptive Era”

The 3rd ISRL will highlight the role of religion and ethics in the disruptive era that erode human values, civility, and dignity. In the processes of development and techno­logical revolution, religion can play an essential role in providing spiritual, moral, and ethical guidance. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, religion is perceived in two ways: on the one hand, some faith communities have been willfully negligent and become ‘super-spreaders’ of the dangerous virus by defying stay-at-home orders. Yet, on the other hand, religion has also galvanized its adherents to support economically vulnerable and marginalized communities affected by the lockdown and social restrictions. Likewise, in democratization, religion gives society the necessary dynamic thrust to maintain its vibrancy, resiliency, and sustainability. This Symposium is therefore expected to delve into the complexity of how religion, religious values, and faith communities confront the contemporary challenges to uphold ethics and human dignity.

Main Theme:

Religious Life, Ethics and Human Dignity in the Disruptive Era

Themes: (but not limited to)

1.    Religion, Ethics and Human Dignity
2.    Religion and Women Leadership
3.    Faith and Urban Resilience
4.    Religion, Public Health and Pandemics
5.    The Practice of Eco-Theology
6.    Faith, New Ecology and Sustainability
7.    Religious Moderation
8.    Promotion of Religious Literacy and Harmony
9.    Measuring Religious Tolerance, Harmony and Dignity
10.  Various Articulations of Indonesian Islam
11.  Freedom of Religion, Human Rights and Dignity
12.  New Religious Movements and its Discontent
13.  New Ways in Interfaith Engagement
14.  Gender, Religion, Belief and Spirituality
15.  Religion for Gender-based Development
16.  The Dilemmas of Religious Authority
17.  Caliphate, Nation-State and Welfare
18.  Religious Freedom and Business Ethics
19.  Ethno-Religious Identity and Separatism
20.  Religion, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics
21.  Religion, Internet and Social Media
22.  Religious Life of the Millennial Generation
23.  Religious Alms, Charity and Philanthropy
24.  Faith-based Economics and Finance
25.  Halal and Sharia Industry
26.  Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage
27.  Religion, Ethics and Food
28.  Ethical Religious Propagation, Guidance and Counselling
29.  Religion and Ethics of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building
30.  Intra and Inter-Religious Conflicts and Distrust
31.  Majority and Minority Religions
32.  Religious Conservatism and Populism
33.  Religious Intolerance, Extremism and Radicalism
34.  Religion and Public Good
35.  Religion, Foreign Policy and Public Diplomacy
36.  Religion, Development, and Public Policy

Date               : 2-5 November 2020
Venue         : Bogor, Indonesia (and Zoom virtually)
Dual Format    : Virtual and physical symposium