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Learn more about KAICIID and interreligious dialogue at our workshops


Intensive Course on Interreligious Peacebuilding

Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer

SESSION 1: Saturday, October 17th at 10:30-12PM, room 254B

SESSION 2: Sunday, October 18th at 10:30-12PM, room 254B

This course will enhance practitioners’ capacity to use interreligious dialogue (IRD)for conflict resolution, increase awareness of conflictual and cooperative religious historical contexts and their impact on contemporary dynamics worldwide, and enhance knowledge of interreligious dialogue and conflict resolution on both conceptual and practical levels. The course will benefit those  who hope to reflect on dialogical approaches and techniques. It isintended to serve the needs of practitioners who would like to join a network of students, trainees, and activists of IRD and conflict resolution, as well as scholars and teachers who would like to include IRD and conflict resolution in their curricula and research.

Panel Discussion on Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding

Moderator: Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Saturday, October 17th at 3:30-5PM, room 254B

What are the current models of interreligious peacebuilding organizations and practitioners? How do interreligious peace workers address the tension between policy makers and civil society regarding the role of religious actors? What are the challenges facing the field of interreligious peacebuilding? What are the main lessons that can be extracted from current efforts in the field? This panel aims to explore these questions, sharing concrete case studies of effective interreligious peacebuilding efforts.

Speak Up! Social Media and Communications Training

Organized by Rev. Mike Waltner. Trainer: John Samuel

Friday, October 16th 8:30-10:00am, 1:30-3:00pm, 3:30-5:00pm, room 254C

Saturday, October 17th 8:30-10:00am, 10:30am-12:00pm, 3:30-3:00pm, room 254C

Sunday, October 18th 8:30-10:00am, 10:30am-12:00pm, 1:30-3:30pm, room 254C

Social media platforms give everyone a voice. Unfortunately, voices of division and hate often dominate the space. Peacebuilding activities of religious communities and dialogue practitioners are “drowned out” by images of conflict and violence associated with people acting in the name of religion.

Voices of dialogue can better utilize social media platforms to correct stereotypes, counteract hate speech and quell incitement with messages of peace and reconciliation. KAICIID’s Speak Up! training gives interreligious dialogue practitioners the tools to tell their stories, to create their own channels of information and to engage the mainstream press.

International Interreligious Youth Forum (IIYF)

Anas Alabbadi

KAICIID and Youth: Thursday, October 15th at 5-7PM, room 254B    

International Fellows Programme: Saturday October 17th 12-2 PM, room 254B

IRD Games: Saturday October 17th 5-7 PM, room 254B

Dialogue for Scouts (Dialogue Badge): Sunday October 18th 5-7 PM, room 254B

To enhance the role of youth in IRD, develop mutual respect and openness among young adults, while modelling new ways to move beyond understanding and towards working collectively in harmony, KAICIID will introduce several of its youth-oriented programmes and provide space for sharing and networking among young people. A delegation from its International Fellows Programme (KIFP) will share their experiences. Members of the International Scouts Movement will have the space to meet and learn about the Dialogue Patrol Team, where KAICIID and the Scouts movement are working hand in hand to incorporate dialogue as part of the Scout life learning experience. KAICIID is developing a game toolkit that emphasizes dialogue and enhances facilitation skills. At the Dialogue Game Workshop, young adults will actually become the game designers. Embrace this opportunity to discuss, reflect and practise dialogue with us and with other young adults.

Peace Mapping Project Presentation

Prof. Patrice Brodeur

Sunday, October 18th at 12-2PM, room 254B

The Peace Mapping Project is one of the central activities of the Vienna-based International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID). This session will introduce you to the various tools inside the KAICIID Peace Map website, to better understand interreligious dialogue and its potential for networking among dialogue practitioners and peace activists, among other users. In addition, it will present some findings of the Peace Mapping Programme, e.g. looking at the sheer number of organizations that are presently doing interreligious dialogue on an international scale, their commitment to peacebuilding and conflict resolution, as well as their relations to religious traditions.

Talking Dialogue

Monday, October 19th at 8:30-10AM, room 254B

The KAICIID Talking Dialogue Project examines the major interreligious and intercultural encounters in modern history – from the 1893 Parliament of the World’s Religions to the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in 2000. By using different and new source materials, the project looks at discussions that were not recorded in official chronicles. The resulting analyses add new perspectives to our present-day understanding, highlighting best practices and identifying repeated mistakes. The research was carried out by a group of young scholars from around the world, brought together by KAICIID in 2014.