International Symposium “Concepts of Human and Humanity in Religions”

University of Tartu
Faculty of Theology
Centre for Oriental Studies, Faculty of Philosophy

International Symposium
Concepts of Human and Humanity in Religions
5–6 December, 2014
Tartu, Jakobi 2 (UT Philosophicum), Room 114

PROGRAM

Friday, 5 December

9:30 – 10:00    Registration and morning coffee
10:00 – 10:15    Opening the symposium, welcome address by Prof. Riho Altnurme, Dean of the Faculty of Theology

First session: Concepts of human and humanity in Ancient World and Pre-Columbian America
10:15 – 10:45    Peeter Espak – The chronology of Sumerian myths about the creation of man
10:45 – 11:15    Vladimir Sazonov – Theology of war and divine warfare of the Neo-Assyrian kings Sennacherib and Esarhaddon
11:15 – 11:45    Tarmo Kulmar – Zum Priesterstand, zum Amt des Oberpriesters und zur Priesterfunktion des Kaisers im Inkareich
11:45 – 12:15    Coffee break
12:15 – 12:45    Mait Kõiv – Man, polis, and the gods in the early Greek thought
12:45 – 13:15    Jaan Lahe – Ein Aspekt des Menschenbildes der Antike: Das Schicksal des Menschen nach dem Tod im römischen Mithraskult im Kontext der Philosophie und Religion der römischen Kaiserzeit
13:15 – 15:15    Lunch break

Second session: Concepts of human and humanity in pre-modern India and China
15:15 – 15:45    Agita Baltgalve – Sanskrit mantras as an intermedium between the human and the divine
15:45 – 16:15    Anna Neivirt – Gods and heroes in a South Indian epic (Kāṭamarāju Katha)
16:15 – 16:45    Märt Läänemets – The evolution of the concept of man in the context of creation myth in Indian traditions
16:45 – 17:15    Coffee break
17:15 – 17:45    Margus Ott – Man in early Chinese philosophical thought
17:45 – 18:15    Erki Lind – Being human – a bodily and an ethical concept in Ge Hong’s early medieval Daoism
19:00    Reception in the University Caffé (Ülikooli kohvik), Ülikooli 20

Saturday, 6 December

9:30 – 10:15    Morning coffee

Third session: Concepts of human and humanity in contemporary religious and spiritual practices
10:15 – 10:45    Alar Kilp – The human rights doctrine of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Armenian Apostolic Church and Russian Orthodox Church as means of ecumenical dialogue and international diplomacy in South Caucasian conflicts
10:45 – 11:15    Henn Käärik – Calvin and the Newcomb’s paradox
11:15 – 11:45    Rasa Pranskevičiūtė – Human and nature: Anastasian environmental communalism and nature-based spirituality in the Post-Soviet region
11:45 – 12:15    Coffee break

Fourth session: Concepts of human and humanity in New Testament
12:15 – 12:45    Randar Tasmuth – Humanness of humans and the transformation (from Saulus to Paulus)
12:45 – 13:15    Ain Riistan – Notes about the humanness of Jesus
13:15 – 13:30    Coffee break
13:30 – 14:30    Round table discussion and making conclusions

Presenteers (in alphabetic order)
Agita Baltgalve, Department of Asian Studies, University of Latvia, lecturer
Peeter Espak, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, senior researcher
Alar Kilp, Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, chair of comparative politics, lecturer
Tarmo Kulmar, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, professor of comparative religion
Mait Kõiv, Institute of History and Archeology, University of Tartu, assistant professor
Henn Käärik, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, assistant professor
Jaan Lahe, The Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, assistant professor
Erki Lind, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, Ph.D. candidate
Märt Läänemets, Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu, senior researcher
Anna Neivirt, Chair of Eastern Philosophy and Cultures, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University, lecturer
Margus Ott, The Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, lecturer
Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, Department of Sociology, Vitautas Magnus University (Kaunas), researcher
Ain Riistan, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, lecturer, researcher
Vladimir Sazonov, Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu / Estonian Defense College, senior researcher
Randar Tasmuth, Institute of Theology of the EELC, Biblical Studies, New Testament, professor

Press release (in Estonian)

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