Dr. Ana Petrache

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1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019

Bio: Ana Petrache is a philosopher, PhD in Philosophy, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (religious sciences) & University of Bucharest (political sciences). She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue, University of Geneva. Her work focuses on the relationship between religion and politics in the 20th century Western Europe. Her present research interests includes political theology, interreligious and ecumenical dialogue, political philosophy, philosophy of history. During her PhD and postdoctoral studies, she was engaged in several research projects in University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Institut Catholique de la Méditeranée, Marseille. Her book Gaston Fessard, un chrétien de rite dialectique? was published at Cerf, 2017.

Project title: The Eschatological Shape of Political Imagination

Project Description: Christian tradition has grown in the shadow of the eschaton, hopes and fears are shaped by the eschatological future that is not yet here. My project seeks to establish a correlation between the two narratives: the renewal of eschatology and the importance of the political theology. Thus, the project focuses on the political consequences of some religious concepts such as eschatology, the kingdom of God or the sovereignty of God, firstly in the Christian tradition and by comparison in Islam and Judaism. One can notice that in different contexts, the same theological concepts were used sometimes to legitimize political power and sometimes to challenge the political power. On the XX century, the eschatological revival has encouraged a plurality of political theologies. In this context, I argue that the theological discourse has changed from a foundationalist discourse to a critical discourse. From a political theology confirming and sanctifying established political power, the theological academic discourse has focused on challenging political power.

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