Professor Pauline Kollontai

Professor of Higher Education in Theology and Religious Studies

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

E: p.kollontai@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876573

Professor Pauline Kollontai

I am Professor of Higher Education in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University. I am also the Director of the Centre for Religion in Society (CRiS), the co-organiser of the Ebor Lecture Series

My research interests focus on: religion in global context; religion, religion and violence; peace and reconciliation; women of faith as peacebuilders; and minority rights in Israel.

I was appointed at the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, as a member of the Resident Research Inter-disciplinary Seminar Programme Team on ‘Religion and Violence’ from January – May 2019.

I have published widely in journals and co-edited a number of books, which include: Peace and Reconciliation: In Search of a Shared Identity (Ashgate, 2008); Religion Creating Cultures of Peace, Vols. II & III (Nanumsa, 2012); and Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Visual Art, Music and Film (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015); The Role of Religion in Peacebuilding: Crossing the Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2018). I am currently completing a sole authored book on ‘Minority Rights In Israel: A Jewish and Democratic State’ (Lexington Books), and involved in developing a new book series with Schliesser, C. (Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland) & Kadayifci-Orellana, A. S. (George Town University, USA) Religion Matters: On the Significance of Religion in Global Issues. The aim of the series is to provide a dialogue between academics, policy makers and practitioners.

Further Information

Research Projects and Activities

Current research projects include:

Minority Rights in Israel: I have made a number of visits to the Southern part of Israel, known as the Negev, during the past five years where I have visited and met with Israeli Bedouin from recognised and unrecognised villages and government towns. From these visits I have recently begun research on minority rights in Israel which identfies itself as both a Jewish and democratic State. The main aim of the research is to identify the status of the biblical prophetic values of peace and justice which are explicitly referred to in Israel's Founding Delcaration (1948) and a commitment given to actualise these principles for all Israeli citizens, irrespective of religion or race. The research will be mainly published as a single authored book in 2020. This work will form a central part of the research contribution that I will make to the Centre for Theological Inquiry's, (CTI) as an appointed member of the Resident Research Programme Team on 'Religion and Violence' from January - May 2019 in Princeton, USA.

The theme of the Seminar is on ‘Religion and Violence,’ which runs across the whole academic year and involves two teams of international scholars from various global locations, who represent a variety of various academic disciplines and religious perspectives or none. Each scholar will participate in the collaborative inquiry on the theme of ‘Religion and Violence,’ informed by their own individual own research project. Pauline’s research is focusing on minority rights in contemporary Israel through a critique of the praxis of the Jewish values of Ve’ahabhath le-Re’akha (love of neighbour) and Va’ahavtem et ha-Ger (love of stranger).

CTI have been running resident seminars for several years on global issues that concern all regions and religions of the world, and not only scholars working in theology but also in the humanities and sciences. The key aim is to generate fresh thinking on global concerns through the power of interdisciplinary inquiry and disseminate this thinking through various platforms and at various levels of societies.

Further information can be found at CTI’s web-site

Religion, Peace and Reconciliation: I am a member of this project which was started in 2006 by Prof. Kim with colleagues in the Theology and Religious Studies section at York St John University. The aim of the project is to examine methodology for sustainable and constructive contributions to peace and reconciliation using approaches from various global contexts in order to gather concrete findings for peace-building initiated by religious communities. The International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation series, part of this project, has brought together scholars, religious leaders, policy-makers and practitioners at York St John University (2006), University of California in Los Angeles (2009), Youngnak Presbyterian Church in Seoul (2010), Hebrew University in Jerusalem in (2012) and York St John University (2015).

» Peace and Reconciliation conference

The Centre for Religion in Society (CRiS): CRiS was established in the Faculty of Education and Theology at York St John University in 2008. CRiS provides a forum where scholars, in particular from the disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, but also from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as relevant practitioners and professionals come together through various activities and events to look at the role of religion in the cultural, social and political life of society as well as its role in conflict resolution, peace-building and reconciliation. The work of the Centre aims to enhance the national and international research profile of the School and the University and also provide benefit to the student experience through the teaching and learning process as staff and visiting scholars provide cutting-edge curriculum content. I am the Associate Director of the CRiS.

» CRiS

 

Conference/Consultation co-organiser

Co-organiser with  Centre for Theology and Public Issues at University of Ontago, New Zealand; MF School of Theology, Norway;  Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia, Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong; and Centre for Christian Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, of International Symposium on 'Dignity, Morality and Rights: Christian Theology, Interdisciplinary Studies and Cross-Cultural Dialoge,' 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017, Hong Kong.

5th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on ‘Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust’ 22-24 June 2015, York St John University, York.

2nd Joint Consultation, on Multiculturalism between York St John University and Kaye Academic College of Education, May 2015, Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel.

1st Joint Consultation, on Multiculturalism between, York St John University and Kaye Academic College of Education, June 2013, York St John University, York.

4th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on ‘Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through art, music and film’, 6-9 Nov 2012, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

3rd International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on ‘Building communities of reconciliation with reflection on the life and teaching of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han’, 31 Oct-4 Nov 2010, Presbyterian College and Theological University.

2nd International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on ‘Embracing the Displaced: Shaping theories and practices for a sustainable peace’, 7-10 July 2009, University of California in Los Angeles.

1st International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on ‘In search of Common Identity: The Korean Peninsula and Other Contexts’, 15-18 Aug 2006, York St John University.

Teaching

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of religious studies examining religion and globalisation, religion, peace and violence, and religion in global contexts. My teaching in the area of religion, philosophy and ethics looks at the issues of forgiveness and reconciliation. My supervision of research degree students are normally in these topic areas, and some of my students undertake field work in various international locations.

Conference/Symposium/Consultation Presentations

Selected Conference/Consultation Papers/Public Lectures

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'On Human Dignity and Rights: The Dialectics of Religious and Secular Law in Israel,' International Symposium on Dignity, Morality and Rights, Chinese University, Hong Kong, November 2017.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Promoting the Peaceable Garden Culture of Religion.' International Inter-disciplinary conference on 'Re-thinking Community', Technische Universitat, Dresden, October 2017.

Kollontai, P. C. H. 'Can Your Children and Our Children Live in Peace? Reflections on the Hunger Games Trilogy from Israel and Palestine,' Speculative Futures Conference YSJU, May 2017.

Kollontai, P .C. H. 'Religions Promoting Cultures of Peace and Security,' Peace, Security and Social Enterprise Conference, Mount Kenya University, Nairobi, May 2017.

Kollontai, P. C. H. ' Where is God in Alleppo?', Panel speaker, Archbishop of York Mission weekend Northern Ryedale Deanery Synod, January 2017.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Jews, Palestinians and Bedouins: Land Rights in the Context of Jewish Teachings' U3A lecture Series, York, February 2017.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Biblical Jewish Values and Minorities in the State of Israel: The Case of the Bedouin of the Negev', GNPT Conference, University of Stellenbosch, October 2016.

Kollontai, P. C. H. Panel Respondent: 'Sports, Peace and Religion',  at Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, YSJU, August 2016.

Kollontai, P.C.H. Kollontai & Yore, S.  'Look, Listen and Report: The UK Education Sector and the Impact of the Anti-Terrorism on the Muslim Community' Kaye Academic 

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Who is My Neighbour: The Laïcité-Islam Encounter in France’, 5th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, York St John University, York, June 2015.

Kollontai, P. C. H. ‘Religion, Democracy and Laïcité: Unequal Partners in the Land of Liberty and Equality?’ 2nd Consultation on Multiculturalism, York St John University and Kaye Academic College of Education, Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel, May 2015.

Kollontai, P. C. H. Philosophical Challenges of Religious Pluralism, LSR Symposium, London, May 2015.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Gender Perspectives in Religious-based Peacebuilding: Women Building Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’, 25th Conference of International Peace Research Association, Istanbul, August 2014.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Story Telling in Religious Education: Promoting Respect and Empathy in Diverse Communities’, International Peace Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 2014.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Religions for Peace and Globalized Transnational Civil Society’, Global Studies Association UK, York St John University, York, June 2014.

Kollontai, P.C.H 'Coming to the Edge and Reaching Over: Women and Muslim-Christian Dialogue’, International Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue, University of Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories, October 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Islamic Revivalism and the Media in Bosnia-Herzegovina', Global Network of Public Theology Conference, University of Chester, September 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Exploring Models of Religious Education in the Search for Building Values of Mutual Understanding, Empathy and Critical Dialogue: Perspectives from BosniaHerzegovina’, ISREV, York St John University, York, August 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Peace Education in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, EASRE Conference, York St John University, York, July 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘The Life and Teaching of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Promoting Respect and Empathetic Understanding’, 1st Joint Consultation on Multiculturalism, York St John University and Kaye Academic College of Education,Be'er Sheva, Israel ,  York, June 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H & Kim S.C.H 'The Call Against the Academic Boycott of Israeli Academic  Institutions', Public Debate, York, April 2013.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Korean Children's Voices: Expressing a Theology of Peace and Unification through the Kid's Guernica International Peace Mural Project’, 4th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, Hebrew University Jerusalem, November 2012.

Kollontai, P.C.H., 'Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education: Using Art in a Philosophical Discussion on God, Evil and Suffering', Arts of Peace-building Seminar Series: Exploring Religious Dimensions, University of Edinburgh, November 2012.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘The Role of Art in Social Transformation: Opening the Mind and Healing the Heart’, Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea, September 2012.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ’Implementing UNSCR 1325 through Feminism and Faith: Women Building Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Bosnian-Herzegovina’, The Second International Conference, Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity, Technical University, Northern Cyprus, July 2012.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Faith-based Peace-making: Challenging the Dysfunctional Dynamics of a World in Crisis’, Keynote Speaker, Global Forum of Christian Organisations for North Korean Mission of Reconciliation, Youngnak Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea, June 2012

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Teaching about Peace and Reconciliation through Art’, Research Seminar Series, Kaye College of Education, Be’er Sheva, Israel, January 2012.

Kollontai, P.C.H. ‘Religion and Nationalism: The Child Visionaries of Medjugorje’, 11th International Conference on Children’s Spirituality Richmond, Virginia, USA, August 2011.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Finding a Path to a Common Future: Religion and Cosmopolitanism in Bosnia Herzegovina', International Symposium on Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere, York, 2011.

Kollontai, P.C.H 'The Visual Arts and the Quest for Peace and Reconciliation: Promoting Theosis to Confront the Anthropocentrism of a Secularised World’, 3rd International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, Seoul, South Korea, November 2010.

Kollontai, P.C.H ‘Using Art in Philosophy of Religion to Challenge Evil and Suffering’, 3rd International Conference on Arts, Literature and Religion, University of Iowa, USA, April 2010.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'The Contribution of Religion to Non-Governmental Third Party Peacebuilding,' Chevening Conflict Resolution Programme, Centre for Post-Conflict Development, University of York, January 2010.

Kollontai. P.C.H. 'Religious Dynamics in Building Social Cohesion', Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea, September 2009.

Kollontai, P.C.H ‘Religious-Based Organisations and Educating about Each Other’, Mali Koraci Association, Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 2009.

Kollontai, P ‘The Dynamics of Religion in Peace-Building’, Chevening Conflict Resolution Programme, Centre for Post-Conflict Development, University of York, January 2009.

Kollontai, P. C.H ‘Religion and the Constructing of Community and Identity’, Meiji University, Tokyo January 2008.

Kollontai, P.C.H. The Musical Bridge Between Traditional and Messianic Judaism: A Tool for Bridge-Building in Jewish Community Relations’ Religion, Culture and Society Conference, University of Lancaster, January 2007.

Kollontai, P.C.H. 'Religion’s Capacity to Promote Peace and Violence', William Temple Association, University of York, December 2006

Kollontai, P. C.H ‘A Model of Intrinsic Inter-Religious Dialogue Created Through Extrinsic Motivation’, University College Winchester, April 2006.

Kollontai, P. C.H ‘Inter-religious Dialogue and Working for Social Justice’, St Anne’s College, Oxford, June 2004

Kollontai, P., 'A Woman of Worth?: The Role of Contemporary Jewish Women,' National Jewish Feminist Network Conference: The Missing Voices in Judaism, London, 2001.

Kollontai, P. C. H. 'Islamic Studies: A Tool for Widening Access to University Study, Minority-Ethnic Communities and HE Conference, University of Belfast, July 19

Kollontai, P. C.H. 'Peace-making and the Role of Religion in the Balkans,' University of Skopje, Making Peace and Building Community, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 1994.

Kollontai, P. C.H. 'Religion and Ethnic Cleansing,' University of Skopje, Making Peace and Building Community, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 1994.

Kollontai, P. C.H. 'Religious Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum Seekers,' TASRU Research Seminar Series, University of Bradford, 1993.

Kollontai, P. C. H. 'Religion and Nationalism in Europe,' University of Southampton Conference: Building Peace and Security in Europe, Southampton, 1993.

Kollontai, P. C. H. 'Challenging Tradition: Liberation Theology,' TASRU Research Seminar Series, University of Bradford, 1992.

Publications

Books

Kollontai, P.C.H. (forthcoming 2020) Minority Rights in Israel: The Dialetics of Religion and Democracy

Kollontai, P.C.H and Xie, Z. (eds) (forthcoming 2019) Religion and Social Justice in the Public Sphere: Eastern and Western Perspectives

Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore S., Kim S. (2018) The Role of Religion in Peacebuilding: Crossing the Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S. and Kim, S.C.H. (eds) ( 2017)  Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishing. 

Kim, S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) (2015) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Kollontai, P.C.H. & Nesfield, V. (eds) (2012) Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han,Volume III, Seoul, South Korea, Seoul, Nanumsa Publications.

Kollontai, P.C.H. & Noake, R. (eds) (2012) Religion Creating Cultures of Peace: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han Volume II, Seoul, Nanumsa Publications.

Kim, S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Hoyland, G (eds) (2008) Peace and Reconciliation: In Search of Shared Identity, Ashgate, Aldershot.

Kim, S.C.H. and Kollontai, P.C.H. (eds) (2007) Community Identity: Dynamics of Religion in Context, T&T Clark, London.

 

Selected Articles & Chapters

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2020 forthcoming) 'On Human Dignity and Rights: The Dialectics of Religious and Secular Law in Israel,' in Xie, Z. (ed)  Dignity, Morality and Rights: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue

Kollontai, P.C.H (2019 forthcoming) 'Promoting the Peaceable Garden Culture of Religion,'  in B. Jansen (ed) Rethinking Community: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2019 forthcoming) 'Can Our Children Live in Peace? Critical Reflections on the Hunger Games Trilogy from Israel and Palestine’  in A. Curtis, L. King & R. Bourne (eds), Speculative Futures

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2017) ‘Who is My Neighbour? The Laïcité-Islam Encounter in France’, in Kim D. (ed) Religious Encounters in Transcultural Society, New York: Lexington Books.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2017) 'Biblical Jewish Values on Care of the Stranger and the Neighbour in Israel: The Case of the Bedouin of the Negev', in Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S. and Kim, S.C.H. (eds)  Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishing.

Kollontai, P.C.H (2015) ‘Inter-Religious Work for Peace through Globalized Transnational Civil Society,’ in Haynes, J., Herrington, L. and MacKay, A. (eds) Nations Under God: Religion and Geopolitics, London, E-IR Publications, 176-186.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) ‘Art in a Theological and Philosophical Discussion on Theodicy and Moral Evil,’ in Kim, S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 57-73.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) ‘Story Telling in Religious Education: Promoting Respect and Empathy in Diverse Communities’, in Gross, Z. & Davies L. (eds), The Contested Role Of Education in Conflict and Fragility, Rotterdam, SENSE Publications, pp. 217-234.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) 'Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education: Using Art in a Philosophical Discussion on God, Evil and Suffering', Journal of Research in Higher Education, 93:1, pp. 66-76.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2014) 'Coming to the Edge and Reaching Over: Women and Muslim-Christian Dialogue’, in Khadar, J. & Twal, I. Religion and Society: From Theocracy to Secularism and in Between, Bethlehem, University of Bethlehem Publications, pp. 67-78.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2014) ‘Finding a Way Forward Together: Religion and Cosmopolitanism in Bosnia-Herzegovina’ in Rovisco, M & Kim S. C. H. Religion, Cosmopolitanism and Public Life, London, Routledge, 48-67.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2014) ‘Adopting a Peace Education Approach in Schools: Perspectives from Bosnia-Herzegovina’ in Buchanan, M.T. (ed), Leadership and Religious Schools: International Perspectives and Challenges, London, Bloomsbury Academic Press, pp. 69-88.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2012) ‘Faith and Feminism: Bosnian Women Challenging Religious Boundaries’ in Kollontai, P. & Noake, R. (eds) Religion Creating Cultures of Peace: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han, Vol II, Seoul, South Korea, Nanumsa Publications, pp. 102-119.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2012) ‘The Sacred Icon: Confronting the Anthropocentrism of a Secularized World’, in Gibson, S. and Mollan, S. (eds) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Representation of Peace and War, Palgrave, pp. 226-244.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2010) ‘Healing the Heart in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Arts, Children and Peace-making’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 15:3, pp 261-271.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2009) ‘Women as Leaders: Contemporary Perspectives on the Roles of Women in Messianic Judaism’, Women in Judaism: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 6:1, pp 1-19.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2008) Theoretical Perspectives on Religion as a Tool for Waging Peace in Society, Centre for International Programmes, Guest Lecture Series Papers, Meiji University, Tokyo.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2008) ‘Religion as a Tool for Waging Peace: Theoretical Perspectives in the Context of Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Kim, S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Hoyland, G (eds) Peace and Reconciliation: In Search of Shared Identity, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp 61-80.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2007) ‘Transplanting Religion: Defining Community and Expressing Identity’, Kim, S. C. H. and Kollontai, P.C.H. (eds) Community Identity: Dynamics of Religion in Context, T&T Clark, London, pp 57-68.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2006) ‘Between Judaism and Christianity: The Case of Messianic Jews’, Journal of Religion and Society, 8, pp 4-12.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2004) ‘Messianic Jews and Jewish Identity’, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 3:2, pp 195-205.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2003) ‘The Sacred Icon in the Contemporary World’, The Expository Times, 114:11, pp. 372-378.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2003) ‘A Jewish Look at Paul's Teaching on the Law, The New Theologian, 14: 1, pp. 9-15.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2002) ‘Theodicy in a Post-Holocaust World: The Work of Dorothee Solle’, in Theology, 105, Autumn 2002, pp. 5-11.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2000) ‘Contemporary Thinking on the Role and Ministry of Women in the Orthodox Church', Journal of Contemporary Religion, 15:2, pp. 165-186.

Professional Membership

American Academy of Religion (AAR)

British Association for the Study of Religion (BASR)

European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR)

International Seminar on Religious Education and Values - nominated and elected (ISREV)

London Society for the Study of Religion - nominated and elected (LSSR)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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