Hope and Empathy in Times of Conflict in Europe

Project type: Charles University Mini-grant 2023

Flagship: Flagship 2

Project leader at CU: prof. Ivana Noble, Ph.D.(Protestant Theological Faculty)

Participating universities: Heidelberg University, University of Copenhagen, University of Milan

The project will explore the ways in which contemporary theological research and teaching can contribute towards nourishing hope and empathy amidst conflict and creating a common sustainable future for Europe. Drawing from Europe’s varied spiritual and intellectual traditions, this endeavour will engage both religious faith and the secular/post-secular search for the sacred, for transcendence, and for the common good.

The project aims at:

  1. Strengthening trans-regional structures for sharing doctoral and postdoctoral research in theology (joint doctoral and post-doctoral seminar in Prague; the first such seminar took place in Heidelberg in 2022, the aim is to establish the seminar as a regular event with circulating location);

  2. Creating platforms for sharing ongoing research – both among the participating institutions and within broader European structures, such as the European Academy of Religion;

  3. Exploring opportunities for joint participation in European projects that would bring creative theological scholarship into closer communication with other disciplines and with broader society.