Contested Humanities

NORDHOST is collaborating with the Scalabrini International Migration Institute (SIMI) in a roundtable conference at the Pontifical University Urbaniana in Rome in April 2019. We are exited to publish the complete progamme.

Mann står i en port. Foto.

NORDHOST leader Trygve Wyller, outside the Pontifical University Urbaniana

The conference is hosted by SIMI (Scalabrini International Migration Institute), in cooperation with NORDHOST and The Norwegian Institute in Rome (DNRI)

With the increasing policies of identity and restriction in Europe, a new tension is building up. On the one hand the European tendency is to protect its own borders and identities in order to secure welfare regimes and political stabilities. On the other hand there are practices and positions that represent tendencies opposing the restriction and the securities. The opposing “parties” are alliances of churches, NGO’s, Human Rights organizations and innumerable smaller projects and individuals.

The conference will mirror, dialogue and elaborate on this other, opposing European humanity. How is it profiled, theoretically and empirically – in the North and in the South? What kinds of embodied normativities are at stake? How does it spatially impact? What are the constructive interpretations?

The conference is organized as a roundtable conference with invited participants. The sessions are scheduled with short presentations, including those concerning more empirically oriented projects, followed by general discussions.

Contested Humanities: A Dialogue on Ecumenical Spaces of Hospitality in Europe


Day 1 Opening: Mapping the Challenge

08:30 Greetings

Prof. Leonardo Sileo, Rector of the Pontifical Urbaniana University

Prof. Pietro Angelo Muroni, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Urbaniana University

Director of The Norwegian Institute in Rome Professor Christopher Prescott

09:00 – 10:30 Migration and Hospitality and Religiosity – Challenging right wing populism in the South and in the North (of Europe)

Professor Trygve Wyller (University of Oslo)

Father Dr. Aldo Skoda (SIMI-PUU Roma)

Chair: Dr. Gioacchino Campese (SIMI-PUU Roma)

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:30 Two Competing Identities. Populist/Samaritanian

Archbishop Antje Jackelén (Uppsala, Sweden)

H.E. Mons. Silvano Tomasi (Dicastery for Integral Human Development)

Chair: Gioacchino Campese 

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Claiming/Receiving the Migrants

Dr. Tendayi Bloom, The Open University, UK: Recognition of Noncitizenship

Professor Em. Dr.  Bernhard Waldenfels, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany): Europe – between globalisation and localisation

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Professor Katja Franko, University of Oslo

15:30 Break

16:00 – 17:30 Diversity, Non-Identity. Is there a Nordic/Southern Perspective?

Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo (Norway)

Milena Santerini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano/Representative in Italian Parliament

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Katja Franko

19:30 Conference dinner

Day 2 Identity Politics and Beyond

09:00 - 10:00 Two cases

Casa Scalabrini 634, Rome

Bergsjön Congregation/Rosengrenska foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden

Chair: Professor Matteo Sanfilipo (CSER/University of Tuscia, Italy)

10:00 – 11:15 Populism and Religion

Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson, University of Oslo

Professor Fabrizio Battistelli, Università La Sapienza

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Professor Matteo Sanfilipo 

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45 Nationalism and Human Rights

Professor Vanessa Barker, Stockholm University (Sweden)

Carlotta Sami (PhD), Spokeswoman and head of news and external relations for Southern Europe of the UN Agency for Refugees - UNHCR

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Professor Matteo Sanfilipo 

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Migrant Contested Citizenship

Professor Engin Isin, Queen Mary University London/Paris

Professor Katja Franko, University of Oslo

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Professor Trygve Wyller, University of Oslo

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:45 The ecumenical as resistance against human rights violation

President Pastor Luca Maria Negro, Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI)

Professor Hans-Joachim Sander, Salzburg

Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Trygve Wyller

17:30 Reception: The Norwegian Institute in Rome

Day 3 Politics/Religion/Law

09:00 – 12:00 Panel

Mario Giro, Per l'Italia (PI)

Professor Maartje van der Woude, Leiden University

Professor Trygve Wyller, Oslo

Fr. Fabio Baggio – Undersecretary Section Migrant & Refugees (DIHD)

Roundtable Discussion

Panel leader: Dr. Aldo Skoda

The conference is by invitation only


The conference has been fascilitated by workshop grants from ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World)


Published Dec. 7, 2018 1:26 PM - Last modified Apr. 22, 2020 10:25 AM