ISSN 1440-9828
                                                                                     July
2008                                      
                                                                                No 397  Program

 

 

 

 

From the Middle East to Asia Pacific:

Arc of Conflict

or

Dialogue of Cultures and Religions?

 

Seventh Annual Conference
Globalization for the Common Good:

An Interfaith Perspective

 

30 June – 3 July 2008

Trinity College

University of Melbourne

 


Program

Monday 30 June       

   3.00 – 5.00 pm         Registration - Evan Burge Building, Trinity College

   7.00                          OFFICIAL LAUNCH – PUBLIC FORUM - Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne

                                     Chair: Prof Joseph Camilleri, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Melbourne

                                     Welcome: Campbell Bairstow, Trinity College the University of Melbourne

                                     Introduction: Dr Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, UK

                                     Keynote speakers: Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia: People of the Book - Reconciling religious fundamentals with universal human rights

                                     Message from His Excellency Mohammad Khatami, former President of Islamic Republic of Iran

                                     Prof Muddathir Abdel-Rahim, International Institute of Islamic thought and Civilisation, Malaysia: Islam and the West: Striving for more effective dialogue and cooperation for peace

                                     Concluding Remarks: Prof Joseph Camilleri, La Trobe University, Melbourne

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Tuesday 1 July          

9.00               Plenary Session - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

                      Moderator: Maureen Postma, General Secretary, Victorian Council of Churches

                      Opening Remarks: George Lekakis: Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission

                      Keynote Addresses: 30 min presentations, followed by question and answer session

                      Prof Amin Saikal, Australian National University: Afghanistan and Iraq: Between democracy and radical Islamism.

                      Dr Ali Khoshroo, Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran: Secular, religious dialogue and controversy.

 

10.30   Morning tea

11.00                           Concurrent Sessions

Each session: three papers, 20 minutes each, followed by Q & A 

Session A - Sharwood Room

Moderator: Rev Merrill Kitchen, Churches of Christ Theological College, Melbourne.

Prof Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University: Virtues in a globalized context

Dr Tahereh Ebrahimi Far, Islamic Azad University, Tehran: Globalization, women and dialogue of culture

Sayyed Nadeem Kazmi, Al-Kholi Foundation: Conflict or dialogue? Reconciling religion and modernity through a multicultural reality

Dr Chandi Prasad Chapagain, Imagine Nepal & Plan Nepal:
Application of positive approaches in enhancing human capacities and sustaining a human friendly global society

Session B - Drama Room

Moderator: Ian Fry, Melbourne College of Divinity

Prof Abdullah Saeed, University of Melbourne: Rethinking the charge of distortion of Jewish and Christian Scriptures: A contextualist reading of relevant Qur'anic texts

Dr Peter T. Chang, La Trobe University Bendigo: A comparative analysis of the Confucian and Christian worldviews              

Mudassar Aziz, Ahmadiyya Anjuman, Lahore: Concept of God in religions of the world

 

Session C – Postgraduate Panel - Junior Common Room

Moderator: Andrew Wicking, Melbourne College of Divinity & Trinity College the University of Melbourne

Elyse Rider, Monash University: Multiple cultures on colonised land: An ethical framework for interculturality in an Australian city

Elizabeth Chittock, University of Tasmania: Difference matters

Suma Parahakaran, University of Sydney: Thailand’s border conflict – its implications in the global scene: Conflict resolution and ongoing dialogue through human values education

  1.00                            Lunch

 2.00                            Concurrent Sessions

Session A - Sharwood Room

Special Panel Women and the Interfaith Movement: Women's Issues, Women's Roles

Moderator: Perle Besserman, author of several books on women and faith, Zen practitioner

Jessie Kaur Singh: Sikh perspective

Revd Janet Turpie Johnstone: Indigenous perspective

Rachel Woodlock: Muslim perspective

Isobel Crombie: Hindu perspective

Di Hirsh: Jewish perspective

Session B - Drama Room

Moderator: Dr Luca Anceschi, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Dr Dvir Abrahamovich, University of Melbourne: Breaking the ice: Reconciliation initiatives between Jews and Muslims, Israelis and Palestinians

Ian Fry, Melbourne College of Divinity: Middle East conflict: Implications for inter-faith relations

Michael Shaik, Australians for Palestine: An open wound: The Israel-Palestine conflict as a driver of interfaith discord

Session C - Junior Common Room

 Moderator: Elyse Rider, Monash University

                                     Dr Hasan Ugur, Fatih University, Istanbul: Educational system in universities supports globalization for the common good

Dr Gregory Lewis Bynum, State University of New York: Kant’s critical humanism applied to selected issues in cross-cultural and interfaith human rights thought and education

                                     Dr Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei, University of New South Wales: Cultural and religious diversity: the challenges and responsibilities for Australian higher education

3.45                            Afternoon tea

  4.10                            Close of session

At the Government house Reception with the Governor of Victoria, HE Jan de Kretser

  5.00                           Reception at Government House

  7.30                           Multicultural Evening hosted by the City of Moreland

Wednesday 2 July     

9.00                          Plenary Session - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Moderator: Dr Melanie Landau, Monash University

Most Rev Dr Peter Carnley, former Anglican Primate of Australia: Ecumenism, other faiths and the peace of the world

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Chairperson, Encounter, United States: Warriors, prophets, peacemakers, and disciples: Peace-building leadership in the face of religious-inspired violence

10.15                               Morning tea

 

10.45                       Plenary Session - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Showcase Victoria: Multicultural policy in action

Moderator:  Bruce Meagher, SBS Director - Strategy & Communications – Introduced by Ian Fry, Melbourne College of Divinity

Yasser Soliman, Victorian Multicultural Commission

Hass Dellal, Exec Director Australian Multicultural Foundation

Commander Ashley Dickinson, Victoria Police

Nuangwong Boonyanate, Vic Department of Education

Rabbi Jonathan Keren Black, Jewish Christian Muslim Association

Michael Ulbrick, CEO, City of Darebin

Sam Afra, Chair, Victorian Ethnic Communities Council        

12.45  Lunch

  1.45                      Concurrent sessions

Session A - Sharwood Room

Moderator: Dr Bruce Duncan, Yarra Theological Union

Prof G Maddox, University of New England, New South Wales: Surmounting the wall

Dr Anthony Steel/Prof Jude Butcher, Australian Catholic University: Engaging beyond differences

Judith Dunne, Victoria Goodwill Unit: Understanding the causes of the conflict in the Middle East and the use of cross-global meditation and subjective visualisation for the promotion of peaceful resolution of service

 

Session B - Drama Room

Moderator: Andrew Wicking, Melbourne College of Divinity & Trinity College the University of Melbourne

Nasya Bahfen, Muslim Community Co-operative, Australia Ltd, RMIT University, Melbourne: A global growth industry: Australian media and Islamic finance

Amzad Hossain, Curtin University, Perth: Regional conflicts and technologies: Positioning Australia and Bangladesh

Prof Muhammed Iqbal Anjum, Islamabad: Illusive and regressive globalization: issues and challenges for Pakistan’s economy

Session C - Junior Common Room

Moderator: Larry Marshall, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Dr Ali Omidi, University of Isfahan: The challenges between Iran and the West

Dr Erica Ehrenberg, American Institute of Iranian Studies: American-Iranian dialogue

Dr Natalie Mobini-Kesheh, Australian Baha’i Community: Islam’s encounter with post-Islamic religion: the case of the Bahai’is

3.30                          Book Launch - Dining Room, Trinity College

A Non-Violent Path to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building

Essays from Globalisation for the Common Good 6th Annual Conference, Istanbul, edited by Kamran Mofid, Alparslan Açikgenç, Kevin J McGinley and Şammas Salur

To be launched by Prof Dr Alparslan Açikgenç, Vice Rector, Fatih University, Istanbul

Afternnon Tea

4.15                                    Plenary Session - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Moderator:   Dr Ruwan Palapathwala, Trinity College & Melbourne College of Divinity

Reverend Professor James Haire, Charles Sturt University, NSW: The search for communities of peace: An international reflection on Christian – Muslim relations.

His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan – video: Ensuring security without borders: Global commons for the common good

5.30                                   Close of Session

7.00                          Conference Dinner - Dining Room

Thursday 3 July     

9.00                          Plenary Session - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College          

Moderator: Jim Kenney, Interreligious Engagement Project, United States

Prof Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Thammasat University, Bangkok: Bejeweled dialogue: Illuminating cultural conflicts in the twenty-first century

Jeremy Jones, Co-Chair, Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims & Jews; former President of Executive Council of Australian Jewry:  Internationalisation of tension / Internationalisation of hope

  10.15                          Morning tea

  10.45                          Concurrent Sessions

Session A - Sharwood Room

Moderator:          Dr Michális S. Michael, La Trobe University, Melbourne

James Quilligan, Centre for Global Negotiations, United States: Making the great adjustment: coalition for the global commons

Rev Merrill Kitchen, Churches of Christ Theological College, Melbourne: Holding hands and bearing arms: Global challenges for Christian communities of faith in the 21st century

Jim Kenney, Interreligious Engagement Project, United States: Crossing the divide

 

Session B - Drama Room

Moderator: Dr Jonathan Ritchie, Deakin University, Melbourne

Dr Ruwan Palapathwala and Andrew Wicking, Melbourne College of Divinity & Trinity College the University of Melbourne: From Middle East to South East Asia: Buddhist elements in conflict and dialogue

Prof Toh Swee-Hin, Griffith University: A Buddhist in Mindanao: Reflections on conflict, violence and the building of a culture of peace in the southern Philippines

Rev Dr Ji Zhang, Centre for Theology and Ministry & the Confucian Institute, the University of Melbourne: Christian and Buddhist/Daoist dialogue in the 7th century Tang China: A comparative study of the Nestorian Stele

 

Session C – Postgraduate Panel - Junior Common Room

Moderator: Dr Luca Anceschi, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Bob East, University of Southern Queensland: The Abu-Sayyaf: Terrorism in Sulu Province

Laeticia Anderson, University of Sydney: Issues in Australian Perspectives towards Islam

Grace Sharon, Trinity College, University of Melbourne: Islam, Christianity and Judaism: Conflict resolution in Jerusalem and beyond

                        

12.30                        Plenary Session  - Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

                                    Announcing the 2009 Globalisation for the Common Good Conference (Chicago)

                                    Dr Kamran Mofid, UK

Jim Kenney, Interreligious Engagement Project, United States

Prof Yahya Kamalipour, Purdue University, United States

 1.00                            Lunch

  1.45                           Concurrent sessions

Session A, Sharwood Room

Moderator: Craig Woolley, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Prof Abdel-Hady, Qatar University:  Reconstructing Muslim identity in a globalised world

William Shwe, Program Director, Karen Marist Mission: Burma and the Karen experience on the Thai-Burma border

Dr Jonathan Ritchie, Deakin University, Melbourne: Nation Building in the Pacific: Comparisons with the Middle East?

Session B - Drama Room 

Moderator:  Ian Fry, Melbourne College of Divinity

Professor Ismail Albayrak, Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue, Australian Catholic University: Breaking the Ice: Reconciliation initiatives between Jews & Muslims, Israelis and Palestinians

Hussein Tahiri, Monash University, Melbourne: Dialogue: The Kurdish question in the Middle East

Assoc Prof Michael Hamel-Green, Victoria University, and Ms Jessica Morrison, ICAN: A vision of a nuclear free Middle East

 

Session C - Junior Common Room

Moderator:  Margaret Papst, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Shamin Samani, Curtin University, Perth: Cultural means and media in family violence mitigation

Dr Miriam Ehrenberg, City University of New York: Applying psychotherapy techniques to ethno-religious conflicts

Dr Ann Hallock & Prof. Bahman Dadgostar, Hope Consulting Institute, United States: Psychological aspects of prejudice

 

Session D - Buzzard Lecture Theatre

Special Panel Fostering Global Harmony: An Interfaith Dialogue

Moderator: Professor Yahya Kamalipour, Purdue University, United States

Professor Fred Woods, Brigham Young University

Rev Merrill Kitchen, Churches of Christ Theological College, Melbourne

Melanie Landau, Monash University

Professor Toh Swee-Hin, Director, Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University

Swami Shankarananda, Shiva Ashram, Melbourne 


 

 3.30                             Afternoon tea

 4.00                            Plenary Session, Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Moderator: Dr Ruwan Palapathwala, Melbourne College of Divinity & Trinity College, University of Melbourne

                                    Arc of Conflict or Dialogue of Cultures and Religions? Future Directions

                                     Prof Chandra Muzaffar, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang  

                                    * Perhaps the best speaker who succinctly summed up the world's problems was wheelchair-bound Professor Chandra Muzaffar. He focused on power politics and how the drive for hegemony includes strategic groups, which gives rise to the question/problem of Israel. The other problem is CCC: Casino Corporate Capitalism and the question of whether liberal capitalism can continue to operate in the way it does, for example 94% of it is unproductive and consists of speculations. Unfortunately the world media does not help to expose the truth of what is going on. Universities should re-organize their economics curriculum and reject liberal capitalism and teach spiritual values. Attitudes need to be transformed through education, law, public policies and through institutions.

                                     Prof Joseph A. Camilleri, La Trobe University, Melbourne 

                                    *             

  5.30                            Close of Conference  - Group Photo at lunchtime

Truth challenges a Court Order - who will win?

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