European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS)



The next ESITIS-conference will take place from April 24th to April 27th 2019 in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)




Lublin 15th – 18th April 2015
Shifting Locations – Reshaping Methods
How New Fields of Research in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies Elicit Methodological Extension




Barrierefreiheit: Kurzbeschreibung des BildesInterreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe.
Between Texts and People

(Currents of Encounter – Studies on the Contact Between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs and Cultures)
Hg. von Cheetham, David/Winkler, Ulrich/Leirvik, Oddbjorn/Gruber, Judith
Verlag: Editions Rodopi B.V. Amsterdam 2011
At the second major conference held in Salzburg in 2009 of The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS), participants probed the broad theme of ‘interreligious hermeneutics in a pluralistic Europe’. Due to the phenomenon of an increasingly plural Europe, questions arise about how we see each other’s cultural heritage, religious traditions and sacred scriptures. Following the discussions that took place at the conference, this book focuses on the usage of texts in our global and mass media world, the possibility of ‘scriptural reasoning’, the theological comparison of selected topics from religious traditions by scholars belonging to multiple religions or interreligious communities of scholars, the pragmatics of using sacred texts in social contexts of family and gender, polemical attacks on the other’s sacred text and the challenge to interreligious hermeneutics of the postcolonial deconstruction of religion by cultural studies. The future of interreligious hermeneutics is going to be complex. This book exhibits the multiple agendas – power, gender, postcolonialism, globalisation, dialogue, tradition, polemics – that will have a stake in these future debates.




Bilbao 10th – 13th April 2013
Contested Spaces
hosted by the Faculty of Theology, University of Deusto
Keynote speech:

  • Hans-Joachim Sander
    “In search for pastoral power. Religious confrontations with thirdspace”


  • Judith Gruber
    The Maps and Tours of Theological Knowledge. Reading Melchior Cano’s De Locis theologicis after the Spatial Turn
  • Sigrid Rettenbacher
    Hagia Sophia and the Third Space. An Inquiry into the Discursive Construction of Religious Sites
  • Ulrich Winkler
    Religious Identities in Third Space – The Location of Comparative Theology


Istanbul 26th – 29th April 2011
Integrity & Translation & Transformation

The Role of Theological Studies in a Changing Europe Third Conference


Salzburg 15th – 18th April 2009
Interreligious Hermeneutics in pluralistic Europe 


Birmingham 11th – 13th April 2007
The Resurgence of Religion in Europe