The Asian Education for Peace and Interfaith Congress – Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Nagasaki, Japan»


We welcome you to join in Nagasaki, Japan on Friday, August 10 and Saturday August 11, 2018 for the 2nd Asian Education for Peace and Interfaith Congress (EPIC 2018). With our theme of Together for Peace, this event will directly follow the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony, which is held on August 9th each year.

Since our first congress was held in Hiroshima, we felt it was especially important to hold it this year in Nagasaki and during its memorial period. It is important to note that apart from the tragic atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, the city of Nagasaki played an important historical role in the foundation of Christianity in Japan. Thus, it is hoped that by holding EPIC 2018 in the beautiful city of Nagasaki, this small, international congress will draw a diverse cross-section of  participants representing religions, cultures, communities from around the world.

EPIC 2018 will be held in partnership with the 2nd Asian Symposium on Culture, Policy and Education (SCOPE 2018).  Both EPIC and SCOPE are small, international, peer-reviewed conferences with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

We welcome abstracts of 250 words in English by Friday, May 11, 2018 on any of the following themes:

  • Arts, Literature and Religion
  • Atheism and Theism
  • Comparative Studies in Religion
  • Contemporary Spirituality
  • Death, Dying and Beyond
  • Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
  • Interfaith Dialog at the Grassroots
  • Interfaith Dialog: Conflict and Human Rights
  • Interfaith Dialog: Religion and Politics
  • Multiple Religious Identities
  • New Religions
  • Pilgrimages and Tourism
  • Religion and Education
  • Religion and Sustainable Development
  • Theology of Religions
  • Other Areas (please specify)


EPIC 2018 Abstract Submission

Who Should Attend

EPIC 2018 is a special international, peer reviewed event created to provide an opportunity for academics, researchers, students, members of the clergy and laity,  non-profit professionals, humanitarians, activists and others to explore cooperation and discuss religious issues in relation to the promotion of interfaith dialog.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaTakayuki Yamada
    Program Chair
    Email: secretariat (at) intesda.org
  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordMichael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director
    Email: secretariat (at) intesda.org
  • Gary SmithGary Smith
    Technology Support
    Email: secretariat (at) intesda.org
  • Brian AndrewsBrian Andrews
    Program Coordinator
    Email: secretariat (at) intesda.org


Review and Editorial Committee

  • Eamon Adams, Ph.D., Missionary Society of Saint Columban, Mokpo Catholic University, Korea
  • Daniel Karanja, Ph.D., D.Min, Dept. of International Relations, St. Mary’s University, USA
  • Robert Kilpatrick, Director, Traidmission, New Zealand
  • James Harry Morris, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Bert Roebben, Institute of Catholic Theology, School of Humanities, Dortmund University, Germany
  • Anawat Bunnag, Ph.D., Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand