Call for Papers

Theme: The Role of Hermeneutics in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Subtitle: Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times
Type: International Conference
Institution: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)
   ASEAN Studies Center, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
   Department of Philosophy and Religion, Assumption University
Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
Date: 3.–4.8.2018
Deadline: 20.5.2018



Since the 17th century hermeneutics has become a “science” of
interpretation of old texts, particularly religious scriptures, it
has evolved from a methodology or a technique of “making sense of
things,” into the translation or transformation of unfamiliar
materials into a familiar language and thence into a process of
mediating meanings that proceed from the objective outside to the
inside or hidden signification; from a text-based discipline to a
fundamental aspect of existence of being. 

Hermeneutics as a theoretical discipline has involved different
stages and gone through serious disagreements, debates and
developments. Much has been written and discussed about this subject,
yet still no fixed definitions or conceptions have been forthcoming.
Whatever it may be, all agree that the central concern of
hermeneutics is about understanding and interpretation. Indeed, it is
the Greek god, Hermes who is the messenger between gods and men and
communicates what has been said by either. 

Hermeneutics has its mythical-religious origin, functioning as an
interpretation of the sacred texts. It plays an important mediating
role, especially in the allegorical interpretation of myth or
religious texts; for behind what is literally uttered there are
always something more or other, something hidden or beyond. This
always leaves more than can be exactly and precisely expressed in
written form. Thus, hermeneutic interpretation is a way of discovery
which requires efforts to understand and to make sense of something
literal or unfamiliar. It is a way of understanding the other in a
broad sense: either a scripture or a sacred text, a people or a
country, a culture or a religion. The issue of the otherness of the
other becomes unavoidable in all aspects of human life. 

Indeed, the other is indispensible in hermeneutic interpretation;
without the other, there is no hermeneutics. It is hermeneutics which
raises the question of understanding in philosophy for the first time
and unfolds this question continuously throughout the centuries.
Hermeneutic interpretation is to understand the other in the other’s
perspective. This is not only important, but also necessary. It
requires empathy and understanding (Verstehen) and goes beyond one’s
own visual and taken-for-granted point of view. This is the
significant contribution of hermeneutics in understanding the other,
whether it is another text, or another people or culture, religion or

In these complex and pluralistic global times the importance of
“hermeneutics” has urged us to rethink and reevaluate human
communities in the field of philosophy and religious studies.  For
the mode of proper understanding and adequate interpretation of what
has been understood is not merely scientific, but belongs to human
experience of the sacred and the secular. It is not only concerned
with verification of knowledge, which can satisfy the methodological
ideal of science, but also about understanding of human relations to
the world. Thus, it resists any attempt to be reinterpreted in terms
of scientific method, because it is connected to modes of experience
that lies outside sciences.  

According to H.-Georg Gadamer hermeneutics is an art and not
mechanical process. With its rich experience in diverse religious
life in South East Asia the current interest in hermeneutics of
philosophy and religious studies can develop a unique investigation
and make a profound contribution to help understand other peoples,
other cultures and other religious traditions in this
multiculturalist world today. 


- Nature and characteristics of hermeneutics studies
- Philosophical understanding of hermeneutics
- The role of hermeneutics in religious studies
- The varieties of hermeneutical studies
- Hermeneutical understanding of other cultures and religions
- The implications of hermeneutics in diverse society


Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Dr. Lampong Klomkul
[lklom...@yahoo.com], Tikumporn Dhammajoto Rodkhunmuang
[lek.tikump...@gmail.com] and [cua-...@cua.edu] by May 20, 2018. 20
minutes will be given to each presentation of accepted papers
followed by 20 minutes discussion. Well-developed papers will be
considered to be published by the RVP in its publication series
"Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change."


There is no registration fee. The local organizer will provide local
transportation and accommodations for 3 days. Participants will cover
their own air travel.


Dr. Lampong Klomkul & Tikumporn Dhammajoto Rodkhunmuang
ASEAN Studies Center
Mahachulalongkornrajavidayalaya University
Ayutthaya, Thailand
Email: lklom...@yahoo.com and lek.tikump...@gmail.com

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