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Key Note Speakers and Panelists: Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

Dr. Marianne Moyaert (Full Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven)

In her books Fragile Identities. Towards a Theology of Interreligious Hospitality (2011) and In Response to the Religious Other. Ricoeur and the Fragility of Interreligious Encounters (2014) Dr. Moyaert critically assesses the various models for a Christian theology of religions (exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, particularism) by asking how these models relate to the dialogical tension between openness and identity. She argues that we need to overcome the classical theological approach of religious plurality and move in the direction of a theological hermeneutics of interreligious hospitality. To that end she turns to Paul Ricoeur, whose philosophical and hermeneutical insights can give a new turn to the discussion of the criteria, possibilities, and particularly the limits of interreligious dialogue. For the past few years, her research has focused on the ritual dimension of interreligious encounters and especially the possibilities and limits of (Christian-Jewish) ritual border crossing. She has found that collective memories of historical conflicts between Christians and Jews still have impact on their inter-ritual relations.

Dr. Brian Gregor (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, California State University)

Dr. Gregor is also President Emeritus of the Society for Ricoeur Studies, and he teaches courses in the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and religious studies. Dr. Gregor’s research concerns the relation between religious faith and human subjectivity. This interest has motivated his work in post-Kantian Continental philosophy (especially in such figures as Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and Ricoeur), as well as his interest in ancient and medieval models of ethical and religious formation. His book A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross: The Cruciform Self (Indiana University Press, 2013) focuses on philosophical interpretations of the cross and their significance for understanding what it means to be human. His second book, Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of Religion: Rebirth of the Capable Self, is published in 2021 by Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield in their series Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur.

Online access to one of Dr. Gregor’s articles on Ricoeur: “Ricoeur’s Askesis: Textual and Gymnastic Exercises for Self-Transformation.” Continental Philosophy Review.: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11007-017-9424-6

Dr. Cristina Vendra (Assistant Professor at the University Jan Evangelista Purkyně (UJEP) in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)

Dr Cristina Vendra is a member of the Department of Contemporary and Continental Philosophy at Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Prague, where she is involved in a research project supported by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) on the topic “Face of Nature in Contemporary French Phenomenology” (GAP 21-22224S).

In 2019, she obtained a joint  Ph.D. at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and at the University G. D’Annunzio (Chieti, Italy) with a dissertation, written in English, on a critical reconstruction of Paul Ricœur’s social thought.

In 2022, she was elected as Director of European Affairs of the Society for Ricœur Studies, in which she served also as Social Media Director (2018-2022) and as an active member since 2014. She has published several articles and book chapters on Paul Ricœur. She has served on program committees and organizing committees of several Ricœurian conferences and workshops.

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Venue and Time Schedule: Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

September 14-16, 2023

Åbo Akademi University

Turku (Åbo), Finland


Venue: Arken, Faculty of Humanities, Psychology, and Theology, Tehtaankatu 2 (Fabriksgatan 2) View on map!

Time schedule:

Thursday 14th September

Room Westermarck C 101

13.00-13.30 Registration – participants will be guided from the entrance Aula (A on the map) to Room Westermarck

13.30-14.00 Introduction and words of welcome by Björn & Timo; presentation of the Polin-institute by Coordinator Laura Wickström

14.00-16.00 Key note by Dr. Marianne Moyaert ”Ricoeur and a social justice approach to interfaith dialogue” + discussion (chair Björn) Abstract – click here!

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Timo)

The Narrative Identity of Peace: A Ricoeurian aspect on living together in a world of polarized views (Terhi Törmä, Diocese of Tampere)

Ricoeur and the Possibility of Constitutive Ethics as a Path of Peace (Michele Kueter Petersen, St. Ambrose University)

Populist Post-truth Politics, and Ricœur’s Hermeneutics (Patrik Fridlund, University of Lund)

18.30 Light dinner in the Aula of Arken (by the Entrance, A on the map)


Friday 15th September 

Room Voltaire  M 127 (First floor – continue forward when you enter the building: map)

9.00-10.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Marianne)

Peace in business? Applying Ricœur’s vocabulary of recognition in business ethics
(Anna Seppänen, CoHumans, Strassbourg)

Violence and Narrative in Just Institutions: Ricoeur’s Oneself as Another after Marx
(Michael Deckard, Lenoir-Rhyne University)

The Non-Peace in Self-Affirmation: Occupied Spatiality and the Economic Thing
(Timo Helenius, Åbo Akademi University)

10.30-11.00 Coffee break (outside room Voltaire)

11.00-12.00 Paper sessions (2 presentations – chair Björn)

Doughnut Model by Kate Raworth as a Living Metaphor for Sustainable Future. Some Remarks from A Ricoeurian Perspective (Jari Visto, STEP Education, The Church Resources Agency)

Embodied Peace and the Natural World: Ricoeur’s Phenomenology of Embodiment as an Ecological Maker (Cristina Vendra, University Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech Republic)

12.00 Lunch in the Café Arken-restaurant, N on the map

13.00-14.00 Time for recreation, for example a visit to the Cathedral

14.00-15.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Cristina)

Fragility and fallibility as sources for mourning, reconciliation and hope (Björn Vikström, Åbo Akademi University)

Reconciliation, Ethics, and Mimesis: An Investigation of Swedish Hymns Inspired by Paul Ricoeur (Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, University College Stockholm)

Refiguration of narrative identity through eschatological perspective (Jonghyuk Chang, Jena University)

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

Room Helikon A 202 (second floor, stairs from the Aula/entrance: map)

16.00-18.00 Key note by Dr Brian Gregor “Peace and Violence in the Ontology of Creation”   + discussion (chair Timo) Abstract – click here!

19.30 Conference dinner in Restaurant Tårget (Linnankatu 3), view on map


Saturday 16th September

Room Helikon A 202 (second floor, stairs from the Aula/entrance: map)

9.00-10.30 Paper session (3 presentations – chair Björn)

Memory Work as a Precondition of Just Society (Dagmar Kusá, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)

The memorial writing of W.G. Sebald: a Ricoeurian approach (Marco Franceschina, University of Milan)

Memory and Burial: To make Peace with one’s Past (Karl Racette, Université de Montréal)

10.30 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Panel discussion lead by Dr Cristina Vendra

12 Conclusion

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Call for Papers: Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

September 14-16, 2023

Åbo Akademi University, Turku (Åbo), Finland

Call for Papers

Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy is known for its emphasis on the unceasing conflict of interpretations. Taking this as Ricoeur’s philosophical grand thesis would, however, be gravely misleading. In spite of acknowledging such conflict Ricoeur always sided with the possibility of shared meaning, as well as of translation and communication between different cultural contexts. Moreover, Ricoeur stressed “living a good life with and for others in just institutions” as a summation of his ethico-political views.

A workshop on Ricoeur’s contribution to the questions of war, power, violence, social justice, interreligious understanding and reconciliation will explore the notion of peace in Ricoeur’s works from his early essays on Christian socialism to his last published work on recognition. Peace will be approached not merely as a social, political, ethical, or cultural concept but also as an existential and hermeneutical challenge and possibility.

Keynotes by Professor Brian Gregor (Philosophy Department, California State University) and Professor Marianne Moyaert (The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven).

Please submit your 250-300 word proposal as an MS Word document or as a pdf file by email (bjorn.vikstrom@abo.fi) by May 15, 2023. We have received many interesting paper proposals, but as there is still room for a few more, we have extended the deadline to May 31.

The applicants will be informed of acceptance or refusal of their abstracts before the end of May. The participants, whose papers are accepted, will be asked to send an updated version of their abstract to the organizers two weeks before the workshop, in order to help the moderators and commentators in their tasks.

Workshop homepage with information about travel arrangements, accommodation and registration

Contact information:

Prof. Björn Vikström, bjorn.vikstrom@abo.fi

Dr. Timo Helenius, timo.helenius@abo.fi