Past Programes

Asian Centre for Cross-cultural Studies (ACCS) takes up for study and research issues of public concern. It organizes from time to time conferences and symposia on a wide range of questions, and invites distinguished scholars and public intellectuals to participate and present papers. Several proceedings of the conferences have also been published. The Centre collaborated with the University of Frankfurt, Germany, in a research programme on ethical and ecological rating of industries. As part of the programme, it conducted a field study in Tamilnadu involving 60 industrial establishments. To help young faculty and research scholars, ACCS organizes every year research methodology workshop with a team of highly competent professors as resource persons.

The Centre is engaged in publishing high quality research work. It also deals with the role of religion in public life. After four years of preparation, the Centre brought out a benchmark volume: The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia, edited by Felix Wilfred (director of the Centre) and published by Oxford University Press, New York. The volume is   sold all over the world, and is internationally acclaimed as a sure point of reference on the subject. The Centre houses also the Secretariat of International Theological Review Concilium, published simultaneously in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Croatian. ACCS  coordinates the editing of this journal which appears five times a year. Twenty university professors from different parts of the world form the editorial board of the journal with the director of the Centre, Prof. Felix Wilfred as its chief-editor. (Concilium)

Following is a list of conferences and symposia conducted at ACCS:

  1. An International Conference of IJAC, Issues, “Questions and Debates on Christianity in Asia, Past and Contemporary: An Interdisciplinary Approach” on 8-10 Jan 2018.
  2. A National Seminar on “Human Civilization and Dietary Practices”, on 22nd & 23rd September 2017
  3. A National Seminar on “Intoxicants in India: Past and Present. Inter-Disciplinary Explorations”, on 4th & 5th October 2016
  4. A Multi-disciplinary National Conference on “Indian Consumerism: Implications for Culture, Education and Ethics” on 9th &10th October 2015
  5. A National Workshop on “Research Methodology” on 24th, 25th & 26th September 2015
  6. A Consultation on “Inculturation of Canon Law”, on 23rd & 24th April, 2015
  7. An International Conference and Book Release of “The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia & Interdisciplinary Conversations” – 5th – 7th November, 2014
  8. A National Conference on “Indigenous Christianities– 14 th & 15th February, 2014
  9. A National Conference on “Indian Church: Leadership of Tomorrow-18th & 19th November, 2013
  10. A National Workshop on “Scientific Research and Social Transformation – Methodology – 14th – 16th November, 2013
  11. A Workshop on “Education for Creative Waste Management and Art Making”- 26th September, 2013
  12. A National Conference on “Prophetic Eco-theology”-14th & 15th February, 2013
  13. A National Workshop on “Scientific Research and Social Transformation – Methodology – 15th – 17th November, 2012
  14. A National Symposium on “Bio-ethical Governance of Common Good Resources” – 19th & 20th October, 2012
  15. An International workshop “Urban Planning” – 5th September, 2012.
  16. A National Seminar on “Indigenous knowledge and Higher Education in India – The Case of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences” – 23rd & 24th August, 2012
  17. A National Conference on “Solidarity amidst Cultural Diversity in World Literature”-Venue Nirmala College, Coimbatore – 12th & 13th March, 2012.
  18. A National Level Workshop on “Value Education” –Venue Auxilium College, Vellore – 2nd & 3rd March,2012
  19. A National Workshop on “Pedagogy for Peace-Building and Interreligious Understanding in Higher Education – A Consultation” – 12th & 13th December, 2011
  20. A National Workshop on “Scientific Research and Social Transformation – Methodology”– 14th16 November, 2011
  21. National Conference on “Asian Public Theology” – 7th – 9th September, 2011
  22. A National Workshop on “Hindu Goddess and Virgin Mary” – 1st August, 2011
  23. A National Conference on “Rethinking Higher Education Today – Towards Transformation of Practices, Polices and Institutions” – 3rd, 4th & 5th March, 2011
  24. A National Seminar on “Reimaging the Relationship between Christianity and Dalit Liberation” – 10th and 11th, September, 2010.
  25. An International Conference on “Education for Peace, Religious Harmony and Cultural Diversity” – 30th and 31st August, 2010.
  26. A National Conference on “Indian Feminism: Towards New Frontiers” – 26th and 27th August, 2010.
  27. A National Conference on “Vision for A Health-Care Movement” – 4th and 5th August, 2010.
  28. A National Seminar on “Religious Pluralism and Higher Education” – 11th and 12th February, 2010.
  29. A Conference on Evolving Context-Sensitive Criteria for an Ethically and Ecologically Sustainable Development- India and Europe – November 30th – 1st December, 2009.
  30. A National Workshop on “Social and Cultural Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights” – 28th November, 2009.
  31. A National Conference on “Natural Resources – A Multi-Religious Approach” – 14th – 16th October, 2009.
  32. A National Workshop on “Comparative Theology in the Context of Cultural Studies” – 14th July, 2009.
  33. A National Workshop on “People Seminary” – 21st March, 2009.
  34. A National Seminar on “Media and the Public Sphere – For a Culture of Peace” – 19th and 20th February, 2009.
  35. A National Seminar on “Bioethical Issues in College Campuses; Interdisciplinary Approaches and Perspectives” – 20th – 22nd November, 2008.

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