Young-Chan Ro is Professor of Religious Studies and the founding Chair (2005-2013)
of the Department of Religious Studies, and Director of Korean Studies Center, George Mason University. His teaching and
research areas are consisted of the East Asian traditions including the Confucian tradition, and comparative and
cross-cultural studies. He authored The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi Yulgok (SUNY Press, 1987) and co-authored
The Four-Seven Debate: The Most Famous Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucianism (SUNY Press, 1995). He also published
several book chapters in Neo-Confucianism including, “Ecological Implications of Yi Yulgoks cosmology” Confucianism
and Ecology (Edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Berthrong) Harvard University Press in 1998, and “Morality,
Spirituality, and Spontaneity in Korean Neo-Confucianism” Confucian Spirituality, Volume Two (Edited by Tu Weiming and
Mary Evelyn Tucker), The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2004. He has written several book chapters and articles on Raimon
Panikkar and currently working on Panikkar’s epistemology and ontology. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from
the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Francis X. D’Sa
Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Pune. Professor Emer. for Systematic Theology and Indian Religions,
Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. Studies in Mumbai, Poona Papal Athenaeum, Poona University, Universities of Innsbruck
(Theology) & Vienna (Ph.D.)
Guestprofessor: Universities of Innsbruck, Fribourg, Salzburg, Freiburg/Breisgau, Frankfurt/M. (1986 and 2003) etc.
Chair of Missionswissenschaft und Dialog der Religionen, University of Würzburg, Germany (2003-2008). Lectured
extensively in the German speaking countries.
Among his publications are a book on the Purva-Mimamsa (Vienna University, Austria) and two on cross-cultural
reflections (Frankfurt/M Univ.). Among the edited books are Hermeneutics of Encounter (Vienna Univ., Austria),
The Dharma of Jesus (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books) and The World as Sacrament (Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune), besides a
series of Word-Indices: Word-Index to the Bhagavad-Gita, Word-Index to Shankara’s Gita-Bhashya and Word-Index to
Research articles have appeared in English and German in books and journals (India, Europe and America). For details
Participated in international conferences in Australia, Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines,
South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, USA; Doctor honoris causa from the University of Frankfurt, Germany (2007).
Besides his philosophy and theology he has a Master’s degree in Sanskrit and Ph. D from the University of Madras 1981.
Post-doctoral studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, 1982-84. From 1984 he was teaching (now Emeritus) at the
Satya Nilayam Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Chennai, now part of the Loyola (Autonomous) College, Chennai. He was
Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Research Institute for Philosophy and Sanskrit.
Visiting professor at the University of Vienna during summer semesters from 1990 and also visiting professor for two
semesters in Wuerzburg, and one semester in Frankfurt, Germany and three semesters at the Gregorian University, Rome.
He was founder-editor of Satya Nilayam Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy for six years and co-editor of the
Journal of Hindu Christian Studies for the last 20 years.
Publications include a book on the Dhvani theory in Indian Aesthetics (published in Vienna, Austria, 1984), and four
books (pocket-book series) in German: one on the Vishnu Tradition, two on the God of Dance, Shiva and the fourth one,
on the Goddess phenomenon with a translation of Abhirami Antati and around 100 articles (in English and German) in books
and Journals. The Christian Themes in Indian Art (Documntation of how the Hindus, Muslims, Parsis and Christians
interpreted Christian themes in India) was published together with Gudrun Löwner in 2012. The recent publication (2014)
is an edited volume along with Ines G. Županov: Intercultural Encounter and the Jesuit Mission in South Asia (16th- 18th
centureis), Another book in German Aesthetics and Theology is awaiting publication (Frankfurt).
Luigi Vero Tarca
Luigi Vero Tarca is full professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, on the chair which
was of professor Emanuele Severino, one of the most distinguished Italian philosophers. Tarca, Severino’s follower,
studied logic, epistemology and contemporary philosophers, as for instance Karl-Raimund Popper and, in particular,
On these basis he developed an original overall philosophical perspective, based on the distinction between difference
and negation, and hence on the notions of pure difference and pure positive (i.e. positive different both from negative
and non negative).
His philosophy includes also a practical dimension, since he has been active in the field of Philosophical Practices
since 1998, especially through the “Seminario Aperto di Pratiche Filosofiche” (Open Seminar of Philosophical Practices).
In the first decade of the present century he met Raimon Panikkar, whom Tarca considers a datum point for his
philosophical and spiritual experience. In 2008 he contributed to promote the International Conference “Homage to
Raimon Panikkar” at the Ca’ Foscari University.
Among his writings: Differenza e negazione. Per una filosofia positiva (Napoli 2001); Philosophy as Life Path (Milano
2003/2006 English translation); Raimon Panikkar and Western Rationality, in Fullness of Life (Mumbai-New Delhi 2008),
La rete e il mare, in M.Carrara Pavan (ed.), Parliamo della stessa realtà? (Milano 2014, on the meeting
Panikkar-Severino which took place in 2004 in Venice).
Joseph Prabhu is Professor of Philosophy and Religion
at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and occasional Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.
He is active as both a scholar and a peace activist. He has edited, The Intercultural Challenge of Raimon Panikkar
(Orbis Books, 1996 ) and co-edited the two-volume Indian Ethics: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Challenges
(Ashgate Publishing Co, 2007 and 2015,Oxford University Press, India).He has authored Raimon Panikkar as a Modern
Spiritual Master (Orbis Books, 2015) He has three books in process, “Liberating Gandhi: Community, Empire and a Culture
of Peace,” due out in 2015, and “Hegel, India and the Dark Face of Modernity.,” and “Human Rights in Cross-Cultural
Perspective,” due out later in 2015. He has been a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of World Religions at
Harvard University and of the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago. He has also been co-editor of Re-Vision
from 1995-2003 and a contributing editor of Zygon. He is the past President of the international Society for Asian and
Comparative Philosophy, 2008-2010, and the Program Chair for the Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions, 2009.
Among his many awards are the Outstanding Professor Award of CSULA for 2004-2005 and the Lifetime Achievement Award
from Soka Gakkai, USA and a Commendation from the Southern California Committee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
He served on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Council of a Parliament of the World’s Religions
from 2005-2011. He was the Program Chair for the 2009 Melbourne Parliament. He serves as well on the Advisory Board of
the Toda Institute for Peace Research associated with Soka Gakkai International. He is also the Co- Chair of the
Southern California Committee of a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and on the Special Advisory Committee of the
American Academy of Religions. In addition, he serves on a panel of experts advising the UN High Commission for Human
Rights and the International Security Forum based in Geneva.
He has lectured and taught at more than seventy universities either as visiting professor or as guest lecturer in Asia,
Africa, Australia, Europe and the United States. He will be a Visiting Professor at Oxford in Michaelmas Term 2015.
Gerard Hall, a
Marist priest, is Associate Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University. Completing his doctorate on the
Interreligious Vision of Raimon Panikkar at Catholic University of America in 1994, he has participated in many Panikkar
symposia including membership of the International Spirit of Religion Project. He serves on the Academic Board of the
Intercultural Centre dedicated to Raimon Panikkar. In 2010, Gerard co-hosted the Indigenous Theology Symposium in
Brisbane which brought together Panikkar scholars and Indigenous voices from across the Pacific (proceedings published
as Dreaming a New Earth—Mosaic Press, 2012). He continues active involvement in various theological and interreligious
forums and was recently elected inaugural fellow of the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania. Gerard is founding
editor of the Australian eJournal of Theology and a recipient of the Queensland Intercultural Society’s “Building Bridges
Award” for his for contribution to interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
Doctor in Teology (Faculty of Teology of Catalonia), graduate in History of Religions (University of Lovaine) and graduate
in Philosophy (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Together with Raimon Panikkar, he was the co-director of the IV
Parliament of World Religions that took place in Barcelona in 2004. He is coordinator of the Catalan Network of
Organizations for Interreligious Dialogue and of the International Network on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas.
He is also Professor and researcher of the Studies Center of Wisdom Traditions and Director of the UNESCO Association
for the Interreligious Dialogue. He has published several books and articles on the issues of interreligious dialogue,
religious diversity, interreligious mediation and the importance of spirituality for a culture of dialogue.
Michiko Yusa is a professor of Japanese Thought and
Intercultural Philosophy at Western Washington University in Bellingham, in the Department of Modern and Classical
Languages and the Center for East Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D. in 1983 from the Department of Religious
Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she worked closely with Raimon Panikkar and Ninian Smart.
She has published widely, including four books, Zen and Philosophy: An Intellectual Biography of Nishida Kitarō
(Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002); Japanese Religious Traditions (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall,
2002), Denki Nishida Kitarō [A biography of Nishida Kitarō in Japanese] (Kyoto: Tōeisha, 1998), and Basic Kanji with
Matsuo Soga, (Tokyo: Taishūkan, 1989, fifth printing 2007), and co-edited volumes, Isamu Noguchi and Skyviewing
Sculpture: Proceedings of Japan Week 2003 (Bellingham: Western Washington University, 2004), and CIRPIT Review 5 (2014),
special issue of the symposium on Raimon Panikkar held in Baltimore in 2013.
She is the past president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and is currently serving as its Program
Chair of the American Academy of Religion. Her on-going research includes Nishida Kitaro’s thought, Women’s spirituality
in Japanese Buddhism (a book project), ecosophy, philosophy of artistic creativity (such as the poet Matsuo Bashō),
and the thought of Raimon Panikkar.