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Welcome to our Sixth Edition of Engaging the Contemporary, an annual philosophy conference which seeks to promote an interdisciplinary approach to a variety of currents debates, held in the cosmopolitan city of Valletta, Malta, on the 7 and 8 November 2019. This year’s theme centres upon the recent, re-emerging relationship between philosophy and religion, a bond which seemed almost completely lost from the intellectual and political history of Western secular modernity. During the second part of the 20th century, eventually intensifying even more in recent years, religion emerged as a central topic of the Humanities, reconsidered for its rich, complex role within contemporary culture. 

Engaging the Contemporary 2019 is an International Conference that will offer the opportunity to assess, question and discuss developments within the philosophy of religion. This conference will provide a space both for those who have ‘re-turned’ to the philosophy of religion from the Continental tradition in the late 20th century as well as for those from other contemporary approaches. In the hope that this encounter will foster a productive engagement, we invite contributions on the following themes: 

I. Metaphysics, Ontology and Science

 II. Phenomenology

Natural Theology
Problem of Evil
God, Science and Naturalism
Speculative Realism
Comparative Religion 
Religious Diversity 
Radical Phenomenology
Givenness and Revelation
Empathy and the Other
Incarnation, Flesh and Vulnerability 
Invisibility and Visibility 
Religious Experience 

III. Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

IV. Self, Society and Community

Weak Theology 
Radical Hermeneutics 
Religion and the Gift
Truth and Post-Truth
The Im/Possibility of Faith 

• Religion, the Public Sphere and Post-Secularism
• Religion and Gender
• Forgiveness and Reparation
 Virtuous Life
• Confession and Self-Disclosure 
 Political Theology

Submission of Abstracts

Before submitting your Abstract/s and Full Paper/s, please ensure you have read the Data Privacy Statement.     

Abstracts should be 500 words in length and be submitted on the Online Abstract Submission Form by 30 June 2019 midnight CETA short bionote (200 words max) should also be included. Presentations are to be strictly no longer than 20 minutes long. 

Notification of acceptance of Abstract will be sent by: 10 August 2019.

For any queries send an Email.

Access the Online Abstract Submission Form here.

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University, UK 


Last Updated: 14 February 2019

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