The Faculty of Theology is organising a two-day international conference on 'Reconsidering Transcendence. Between Presence and Absence' between 10 and 11 May 2019.
The conference shall take place at the Auditorium of the Faculty of ICT, University of Malta.
Professor Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome) will give the opening lecture at 10:30, while Professor Gianluigi Pasquale (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome) will give another keynote lecture on the second day of the conference at 08:45.
The conference has five plenary sessions with four speakers addressing each session.
The first session contextualises the theme of transcendence in view of biblical anthropology. In the second session, the theme is examined in light of the history of thought, mainly with reference to major philosopher-theologians including Gregory of Nyssa, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Kierkegaard and other contemporary figures. Transcendence is consequently studied in the third session in view of spirituality and from a wider religious perspective.
In the fourth plenary session, the speakers seek to provide an ecclesial and a societal definition of transcendence. Lastly, the theme is examined in view of humanity’s desire to attain greater realities. The conference attempts to provide reasons why we need to reconsider transcendence again as well as to reflect on where we stand between 'presence' and 'absence'.
Twenty-three speakers will be addressing the conference, nine of whom are local academics. The remaining speakers are university professors based in Dortmund, Heidelberg, Kaunas, Lviv, Paris, Prague, Rome, Torun, Verona and Wroclaw.