CIHEC 2018 : Religion, diplomatie et paix

L’AFHRC relaie l’appel à communications du Congrès 2018 de la CIHEC (Commission internationale d’histoire ecclésiastique comparée) qui se tiendra à la Cité du Vatican à Rome du 12 au 14 juin 2018 sur le thème “Religion, Diplomacy and Peace”. Ci-dessous l’argumentaire, les modalités de soumission et des informations pratiques.

1918-2018: The Armistice of November 11, 1918 put an end to the First World War, and was a prelude to the ensuing Peace Treaty. As we approach its Centenary, a unique opportunity opens up for a historiographic study of the relationships among Religion, Diplomacy and Peace. 

Nowadays, diplomacy covers numerous domains, such as economy, culture, parliamentary relationships, etc., that have enriched it enormously, especially during the XX century. A special mention should be made to Religion, as it is undoubtedly one of the elements that has accompanied the last two millennia of the history of diplomacy. In fact, Religion has never ceased to codify and regulate international relationships.

By contrast, the history of contemporary international relationships has marked an unequivocal setback of religious systems; in fact, many are the examples of discrediting, even disregard or exclusion of religion as builder of international relationships.

The list below is an incomplete inventory of examples that can help illustrate this:

  • The edicts of Pacification of the Roman Empire.
  • Leo the Great seeking a peace treaty with Attila (452) and Genseric (455) to save Rome.
  • The missi dominici in the Carolingian Empire.
  • Liturgical and cultural diplomacy: the work of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
  • Diplomacy governing the exchange of relics between the East and the West, a diachronic journey.
  • The nationes in the Urbe.
  • Francis of Assisi and the Sultan.
  • The Diplomacy of humanists (Enea Piccolomini, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus, etc.).
  • The neglect of the religious factor in Diplomacy (Kosovo).
  • The Popes and the construction of Europe, from Pius XII to Francis.
  • The diplomatic mediations of the Holy See (John XXIII and the Cuban crisis in 1962; John Paul II, mediator between Argentina and Chile in 1978, in the peaceful Polish revolution, and then to ward off the war against Iraq, Francis between Israel and Palestine, etc.).
  • The Popes and the Holy See at the United Nations, UNESCO (Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis).
  • The « diplomatic » mediations of Christian communities (Sant’Egidio, National Association of Evangelicals).
  • The Office of International Religious Freedom in the American diplomacy.
  • Jerusalem, a cross-roads of religions and politics.
  • Religious diplomats (Cardinal Consalvi, Napoleonic concordat, Congress of Vienna; Cardinal Casaroli and Paul VI’s Ostpolitik; etc.

The fall of the totalitarian regimes at the end of the XX century tore down all the dividing walls; however, only a few decades later, we are witnessing the construction of new walls. The history of diplomacy and religion brings with it the challenge to build bridges, to achieve just and lasting peace, by means of all the appropriate initiatives that can promote a harmonious coexistence among peoples in the full respect of cultural and religious diversities.

The proposals should have a maximum of 500 words.

Languages of the conference: English, French, Italian.

Presentations: 20 minutes.

Planned publication of selected contributions.

Proposals to be sent no later than March 15th 2018 to:

Dott. Bernard Ardura

Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche.

V-00120 Città del Vaticano


Prof. Dr. Mikko Ketola

Faculty of Theology / Church History

PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

Helsingin Yliopisto


Place of the Conference: inside the Vatican City State, in the Pontifical Teutonic College.


Monday 11 June 2018, arrival, special visit of the Sixtine Chapel, in the late afternoon.

Tuesday 12 June 2018,

9.00 am, first session

3.30 pm, second session.

Wednesday 13 June,

9.00 am, third session.

3.30 pm, Bureau meeting.

8.00 pm, Dinner offered by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

Thursday 14 June 2018, Trip to Castelgandolfo and lunch offered by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

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