Prof. Felix Wilfred joins Trinity College Dublin in Spring 2011

Prof. Felix Wilfred (Univ. of Madras, India) joins Trinity College Dublin in Spring 2011 as first holder of the rotational ICCR chair in Indic Religions and Southasian Diaspora, jointly sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the Irish School of Ecumenics, and the South Asia Initiative at Trinity College Dublin.

During Spring 2011, Prof. Wilfred will deliver a series of eight public lectures on “Indic Religions and Southasian Diasporas” (Thursdays 7:30-9:00pm at the Long Room Hub at TCD; starting on Jan 27, with a reception, 6:30-7:00pm; inaugural remarks, 7:00-7:30: and a lecture, 7:30-8:30pm). For details see public lecture poster.

He will also teach the following graduate courses: “Christian Seeds on Hindu Soil” (Monday, 2-4pm, at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Milltown Park; starting Jan 17) and “World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue” (Thursdays, 4-6pm; Jan 20 at the Long Room Hub; thereafter at the Weingreen Museum / School of Religions and Theology, TCD Arts Bloc 5th floor). The courses are also open to the academi-cally interested public and advanced undergraduate students.

Prof. Wilfred is the founder and director of the Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies in Panayur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. See: http://accschennai.com/

He was professor of the department of Christian Studies at the School of Philosophy and Religious thought at the State University of Madras (1993-2008). Prior to this he taught at St Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu (1977-1993). He is also a member of the Statutory Ethical Committee of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was a member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican. As visiting professor, he has taught at the Universities of Nijmegen, Münster, Frankfurt am Main, Boston College and Ateneo de Manila. He is the president of the prominent international journal Concilium.

His current researches and field studies cut across many disciplines in humanities and social sciences: He studies the contemporary socio-political issues in South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia, in relation to Christianity and studies their impli-cations for Christian presence in these societies; as a visiting faculty he gives every year a course on the above issues to the students from the various regions of Asia studying at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila, and does research in the same institute; he tries to relate inter-religious issues with those of human and societal emancipation, especially with issues of justice and human rights.

He has published more than 20 books and numerous articles and edited a number of journals. His more recent publications in the field of theology are On the Banks of Ganges (2002), Asian Dreams and Christian Hope (2003), The Sling of Utopia: Struggles for a Different Society (2005), and Margins: Site of Asian Theologies (2008), and Asian Public Theology – Critical Concerns in Challenging Times (2010). During his appointment at ISE, he will pursuit with an international editorial team the collaborative work of editing a new Handbook for Christianity in Asia (2011-14).

For further information contact isedir@tcd.ie or call at 01/206 1144-101

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