Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

The Sacred Texts and Human Contexts conference series, organized by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, of Nazareth College Rochester, New York, aims to bring together scholars from around the globe to share research and experiences on contemporary issues related in religion and social sciences.

The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) is co-sponsor of the sixth edition, entitled Sacred Mystical Traditions, Approaches to Peaceful Coexistence, to be held in Rome from 7 to 10 June 2020.
The Call for Papers is now open. Please send your proposal (in English) as a Word Document to or with the subject line “Proposal Submission”. For full details, see the conference website.

The previous conference (29-31 July 2018), on Religions and the (De)Legitimization of Violence, focused on human suffering, violence, terrorism and war, demonstrated the extent to which humanity is fractured and desperately looking to find peace in the midst of the hateful, violent atmosphere of the 21st century.
The 2020 conference on mystical traditions is meant to expand and deepen this attention to religious and spiritual approaches to peace, through the analysis of the religions’ sacred texts, with particular emphasis on mysticism and the construction of peaceful alternatives to the current challenges of the modern world.