Information for Participants

Resonance and Alienation
Crisis of Relationships in the Modern World

November 3rd–5th, 2022, Celje, Slovenia
Saint Joseph Home, Plečnikova ulica 29, Celje, Slovenia
Organization: Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana

Timeframe
The conference will start on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 afternoon and end on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 till lunchtime.

Main questions and aims of the conference

Human being is a creature of relationships. In the modern humanities, as well as more broadly, the prevailing relational model is gaining ground. Special attention has been drawn in recent years to the theory of resonance developed by the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa. Resonant relationships have different forms and dimensions. Thus, the problem arising from the lack of resonance and bad relationships emerges at different levels: from the ecological, which is in some ways the most fundamental, through social and political, all the way to health. A more thorough solution of the ecological crisis requires a radical change in attitudes towards the natural environment. After all, the environmental crisis is not just a resource crisis. At the social and political level, we are witnessing alienation between people and politics, the crisis of democracy, the rise of polarization and the increasingly influential populist anti-democratic movements and parties that threaten liberal democracy. In the field of health, we are finding an increase in mental problems (depression, burnout) in developed countries of material well-being. These are just a few examples where we can talk about the relationship crisis. The whole area is much broader and more complex. It concerns human’s attitude towards nature, towards “inanimate” things, towards other people, towards transcendence. These are problems for which the humanities are especially called upon to solve them, as these problems concern the question of identity and spiritual foundations, the meaning of life, and many ethical questions. The religious relationship is also a resonant relationship at its core, so the theory of resonance represents an important stimulus and challenge for the sciences of religion. Shaping and changing human attitudes and relationships is a paramount challenge for the science of education. Last but not least, the problem of relationships proved to be decisive in the period of the covid-pandemic. We could still list the problems for which the exploration of relationships, resonance and alienation as the “other” of resonance is more than relevant, but we think we have sufficiently indicated the meaning and purpose of this year’s conference topic.

The specificity of Celje conferences is their multidisciplinary character as cultivated throughout the years. The issues are discussed and evaluated from various aspects: philosophical, theological, from the point of view of (bio)ethics, religious and cultural studies, cognitive science, psychology, psychotherapy, education, (intellectual) history, social science and others. We believe that relationships may be understood better if approached through different, complementary viewpoints, foremost through humanities and social sciences; approaches from other viewpoints are also welcome as the issues and problems associated with resonance, alienation and relationships are very complex and multileveled and require multifaceted research and clarification. Therefore, our conference, which is of interdisciplinary nature, is very suitable for their consideration. As usual, the humanities will be at the forefront of the conference, but, as already mentioned, other scientific approaches are also welcome.

Publication of papers
Selected papers form the conference will be published after conference in a book appearing by Lit Verlag, Berlin.

Contact person
Please send all possible questions to our contact person Mr. Stjepan Štivić to the following e-mail address: stjepan.stivic@teof.uni-lj.si

Best regards,
Professor Robert Petkovšek, President of the Program Committee
Professor Bojan Žalec, President of the Organizing Committee