6th Symposium on Humanities and Religious Studies

“Change, Continuity, and Sustainability in the Axis of Morality and Conscience in Extraordinary Periods”

The existence of extraordinary periods in nature and human life just as the ordinary periods are researched and evaluated by natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, and sports sciences. Just as nature has a comprehensive strategy of survival, there are also strategies and solutions developed by humanity to maintain its existence in the historical process. Throughout human history, natural disasters, epidemics, and wars based on economic competition have been experienced in different ages and periods, and humanity has tried to find ways to manage them correctly. The whole world experienced 2020 as an extraordinary year in which the Covid-19 virus threatened mankind biologically, socially, and psychologically and pushed its personal and social lifestyle into a great unknown. In times like this, and others that push mankind into fear and hesitation, new analyzes and solutions in philosophy, theology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, politics, economy, law, communication, technology, ecology, ethics, etc. are needed for its generic continuity.

In the last decades, important changes have occurred in the social order of man as a part of nature, both with the natural environment, with other people, and with his own needs, to bring the human, social existence and natural environment together to a better situation. For example, taking into account the necessity of the natural environment for human life, obtaining and use of energy resources were rearranged, considering the importance of the social environment for human life, concepts such as posthumanism that includes being human as the common ground in the most comprehensive framework were produced and artificial intelligence, robots, and concepts such as transhumanism have been developed considering the effect of health, comfort and physical limitations in human life. The consequences of these opportunities which are brought to existence separately regarding psychological and emotional aspects of human beings, on his self-perception, behaviors, and social relations have not been sufficiently tested yet. However, although there might be an understanding that perfection is almost achieved in the attempts of creating a world where people will be happier and more peaceful, it is seen that new and unpredicted periods worry mankind and damage his joy of life.

An increase in the number and frequency of unusual periods in contemporary times is noteworthy. It is necessary to develop analysis and strategies regarding the new content, function and scope of morality and conscience for human beings to sustain their vitality and species existence with as much happiness and peace as possible. The sixth symposium, whose general name is updated as “International Religious Studies and Human Symposium”, will be organized as an international e-symposium centered in Konya in 2021 with the main theme of “Change, Continuity and Sustainability in the Axis of Morality and Conscience in Extraordinary Periods”.

This symposium is devoted to the evaluation of the content, function and scope of human morality and conscience in extraordinary periods, and the relationships between nature, society, and the new world that make its relationship with itself relatively easier. With what kind of moral and conscientious conditioning and behavioral motives can people manage the crises that emerge in a world where living becomes easier and more comfortable? For example, in times of global or sometimes regional crisis like the Covid-19 epidemic, what kinds of changes occur in the axis of morality and conscience of people and what determinations and predictions can be made regarding the correct conditioning and deployment of these changes. The purpose of this year’s symposium, which seeks answers to these and similar current questions, is to first determine the moral and conscientious positioning of human beings in extraordinary periods, then to discuss the change, continuity and sustainability of this positioning.

All interested followers, more particularly local and foreign academicians, researchers, intellectuals, poets, artists, teachers, students, NGO members and representatives, can apply to the symposium. We consider all intellectual and academic contributions to be valuable in the context of the axis of morality and conscience under extraordinary circumstances that concern all branches of social sciences.