Seminar: SE Nature and Religion in the Anthropocene - Details
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Course name Seminar: SE Nature and Religion in the Anthropocene
Course number 01 059
Semester SS 2024
Current number of participants 13
Home institute Christliche Sozialethik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Sunday, 22.09.2024 09:00 - 22:00, Room: (Rom)
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Rooms and times

(D 1088)
Monday, 22.04.2024 17:30 - 20:00
Sunday, 22.09.2024 - Saturday, 28.09.2024 09:00 - 22:00

Fields of study

Module assignments


In September 2024 an international and interdisciplinary Summer School on Nature and
Religion in the Anthropocene will take place at the University of Sant’Anselmo in Rome.
The massive impact of human behaviour on the balance of the ecosystem has reached epochal
dimensions in the 20th/21st century which has been designated by the terminus Anthropocene.
The seminar uses this concept as a discursive framework to approach the interdisciplinary and
intercultural question of how to manage the urgently needed “great transformation”.
In discussing these issues, a special focus is put on the role of religion, especially on the
resources of Christianity to rethink the relationship between the human and the non-human.
In the seminar we offer philosophical, biblical, ethical, and systematic-theological perspectives
on nature resp. creation. We combine these theoretical reflections with the examination of
pastoral practices, of religious and civil aesthetics and architecture, comparing different Christian
spiritualities – with a special focus on Benedictine provenance – with current ecological/green
The participants will profit from the richness of Rome’s religious, artistic, and institutional
heritage. We will undertake excursions to significant sights which manifest the symbolic
interrelation of spirituality and nature in an artistic way. Discussions with relevant Catholic
ecclesial institutions such as the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will
complete this manifold overview.
The International Summer School “Nature and Religion in the Anthropocene” is organized by the
University of Sant’Anselmo Rome (Prof. I. Bruckner), the University of Augsburg (Prof. J.
Ostheimer), the University of Graz (Prof. S. Trawöger), the University of Passau (Dr. J. Blanc)
and LUMSA Rome (Prof. S. Biancu). It is carried out as an Erasmus Blended Intensive
Programme (BIP).
The Summer School invites in particular students of theology, philosophy and the
environmental humanities. Other backgrounds might be considered upon application. The
working language will be English. The maximum number of participants is 25.
Students interested in the seminar are invited to apply for participation. The application for the
summer school comprises a CV and cover letter expressing the motivation for participating.
Please send all required documents in one pdf to: jochen.ostheimer@uni-a.de.
The participants will be accommodated directly in the University of Sant’Anselmo. After
deducting the BIP subsidy of around 80%, a participant contribution of around €130 (plus
expenditure of travel) remains.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Anmeldung gesperrt (global)".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • Admission locked.