Goethe-Institute & ASCE International Confrence

The Goethe-Institute, together with its partner the Area Study Center for Europe (ASCE) from the University of Karachi has organized the second of its kind international conference on the theme of “Religions and Cultures in Various Regions of the World: Integration, a Compromise between Assimilation and Self-Assertion?“. The conference kick starts tomorrow at the Avari Hotel. The Goethe-Institute website has all the details but the information there is in German so for those who don’t have Google Toolbar’s “Translate This Page” button, here’s some of the more relevant bits in loosely translated English:

Islamic religion and culture have a firm place in European societies and the European Muslims are important players in the socio-political process. These facts often remain unnoticed in the Islamic world outside of Europe, the people there tend to “Islam” and “the West” as mutually exclusive blocks to understand. The majority of European companies on the other side, in their efforts to integrate Muslims, almost completely ignore the experiences that outside of Europe made regarding a coexistence of people of different religions. With our conference on the theme “Religions and Cultures in various regions of the world: Integration, a compromise between adaptation and self-assertion?” The Goethe-Institute, together with its partner, Area Study Center for Europe (ASCE) from the University of Karachi wants to create an awareness for these various life worlds and what we can learn from them.

Our goal is to provide the specifics of European Islam, and to discuss the opportunities that it provides for an enhanced inter-cultural dialogue. Furthermore, the different contexts in which multi-religious existing companies outside of the West are treated. To be successful in socio-cultural integration, as well as the problems in the course of analysis. Scholars and civic activists from a variety of countries like Britain, France, Germany, Bosnia, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka will attend the conference. The introductory lecture will be delivered by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi, Hans Joachim Kiderlen.

Some of the fragment sentences here apart, that sounds like a very relevant discussion in today’s times. And entry is free too! If you’re interested in attending and want to know any further details, such as the complete program activities and/or the list of speakers and the topics of the planned contributions, then you can contact the Goethe-Institute offices at 2, Brunton Road, Civil Lines, Karachi, or call them at 5661633-6 or fax them at 5661632. They can also be reached by email at info@karachi.goethe.org.

Event: International conference on “Religions and cultures in different regions of the world: Integration, a compromise between adaptation and self-assertion?
Organised By: Goethe-Institute & The Area Study Center for Europe (ASCE), University of Karachi
Date: 25-10-2007
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Khursheed Mahal, Avari Hotel
Entry: Free admission

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5 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    Goethe Seminars and Conferences, particularly intelletual discussions on religious and cultural integration are always interesting.

    Personally i have found them to be transforming experiences.

    More power to discussion and understanding. PEACE!

    NB: DO attend this conference.

  2. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    So why do they need to give a sermon to Karachiites about Muslim integration in Europe? Do they want to invite more ppl?

    They need to lecture on secularism….this might be helpful to religous nuts here.

  3. Imran (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    Truly saddened by the IGNORANCE of above responses in this thread.

    I believe the CAUSE of HATRED and PREJUDICE in Pakistani Society is the ignorance of people, WHO DON’T WANT TO change. Well it’s their personal decision but what is sad is when they go one step further and misguide others — to keep OTHERS in line with THEIR OWN ignorance.

    “I DON’T want to change … SO WHY SHOULD OTHERS?” … right? :|

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    alam, the fact that many pakistani’s choose to go and live abroad is testament also requires the issue of cultural integration to be raised here :)

    look @ it from all angles, not just your own.

  5. wasiq (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    Oh my God! [edited out for being tangential to the topic] this is the impulsive comment that come to my mind after reading the media review of the said conference in one of the daily newspaper….)

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