Friday, 24.03.2017 - Saturday, 25.03.2017 - Münster

Conference: When the cemetery becomes political – dealing with the religious heritage in multi-ethnic regions: Cyprus, Libanon, the Balkans

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Cypriot Studies at the University of Münster and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung cordially invite you to the conference "When the cemetery becomes political". The interdisciplinary structured conference sheds light on dealing with religious heritage in Cyprus and discusses the potential of the issue for peaceful cooperation and understanding.

Dealing with religious heritage (churches, cemeteries, etc.) of the other ethnic and religious groups in divided Cyprus is an ongoing debate on the island. In Cyprus - as well as in other countries - religious heritage is being used for political agitation as well as for influencing and even abusing the social discourse.

The aim of the conference is to evaluate how Cyprus currently deals with its religious heritage and to compare this to the situation in other countries and regions, which also have a multi-ethnic population structure. Furthermore, ways shall be discussed how a respectful treatment of the religious heritage of the respective other ethnic group can lead to peaceful cooperation and understanding between different ethnic groups - namely ethnic groups, whose relationship is burdened by a history of conflict.


24-25 March 2017
Lecture Room RS 2
Institute for Interdisciplinary Cypriot Studies
University of Münster
Schlaunstr. 2

Cyprus Office

20, Stasandrou, Apt. 401
CY 1060 Nicosia

+357 22 377 336
+357 22 377 344


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