ONLINE Colloquium „Lebanon at the Crossroads“

Donnerstag, 11. März 2021, 18.00–19.00 Uhr

Online-Colloquium „Lebanon at the Crossroads“ with Roula Talhouk (Université Saint Joseph/Beirut) and Dietmar Winkler (Universität Salzburg) 

If you wish to participate, please email to: Michaela Neulinger, you will receive a personal link.


For centuries, Lebanon has been the gate to the Middle East. Already the Bible celebrates the region for its splendor. In the 20th century, however, a bloody civil war has shaken the country. Thousands of migrants have fled to Lebanon during the still continuing Syrian war. In 2020, the COVID pandemic shocked a country in a severe crisis. When a giant explosion rocked Beirut harbor in August 2020, it hit a people already on the grounds.

During the colloquium, Roula Talhouk will give an overview of the current situation in Lebanon. Dietmar Winkler will highlight the regions importance for contemporary European theology with a focus on Eastern Christianity.

The evening is also a sign of solidarity with Lebanon and St. Joseph in particular.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietmar Winkler is Chair of Ecclesistical History, Patristic Studies and Ecclesistical History at the University of Salzburg. He is a renowned expert for Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac traditions. He consults the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Pro Oriente and the Austrian Bishop’s Conference.

Prof. DDr. Roula Talhouk is director of the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Islamo-Chrétien at the University of Saint Joseph (CEDIFR) in Beirut and coordinates the MA study programme at the Faculty for Religious Studies. She is a member of PLURIEL and the HEST-Cluster Christian-Muslim Relations and thus closely affiliated with the School of Catholic Theology in Innsbruck.

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