Haigazian University

Berge Traboulsi, D.Th., MBA

Dr. Berge Traboulsi
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities
Office: CB 405
Tel. ext.: 245
berge.traboulsi@haigazian.edu.lb  

BIO

Dr. Berge Traboulsi is Associate Professor of History, Religion and Intercultural Studies. During the last 10 years, he has presented academic papers at international conferences, given public lectures, and published academic papers at refereed publications. He has appeared on local and regional TV stations on issues related to ‘Human Rights’, “Politics in the Middle East”, and ‘Religious Tolerance’. 
Dr. Traboulsi is a member of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) [www.esssat.eu], the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) [www.esitis.org], the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) [http://iota-web.org/] and the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment [www.hf.ntnu.no]

TEACHING INTERESTS

World Religions; Ethics; Intercultural Studies; Leadership; Change Management

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Theology and History; Comparative studies of cultures and religions, Human Rights, and Interfaith Relationships; Applied Ethics; Leadership & Change Management; Nonprofit Administration

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

– “Human Uniqueness and God’s Image and Likeness in Eastern Orthodox Christian Theology: Analysis of Problematic and Paradoxical ideals in a Corrupt and Changing World”, in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 16, Are We Special?, Bamberg: ESSSAT, 2018 (ISBN 978-3-00-058578-4), pp. 171-191.
–  “Emotions and Orthodox Spirituality during Turbulent Times: Analysis of Facebook Expressions over the Abduction of Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo”, in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 15, Do Emotions Shape the World?, Bamberg: ESSSAT 2016 (ISBN 978-3-00-051976-5), pp. 167-181.
– “Being Fruitful and Filling the Earth: A Theological and Bioethical Dilemma about Technology and Surrogacy”,in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 14, What is Life?, Halle: ESSSAT, 2014 (ISBN 978-3-00-045565-0), pp. 243-259.
– “Freedom of Thought, Opinion and Expression’ within an Eastern Mediterranean Context: Critical Reflections”, inAnnales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 28), 2012 ,  pp. 465-474.
– “The Ethical Challenges of Executive Leadership: A Stakeholder Analysis”, in Pertinence, The Antonine University [UPA], (no 4), 2011,  pp. 237-253.
– “Ethical Challenges in Today’s Higher Education Institutions in Lebanon: A Stakeholder Analysis”, in Louis Colombo and Aaran Vlasak (Eds), The Public Life of Ethics, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1-84888-029-0), pp. 29-36.
– “Secularism in a Multi-Confessional Lebanon: Religious Obstacles and Prospective Solutions”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 25), 2009, pp.169-180.
– “Religiousness and Extremism: A Dialectic Perspective” (In Arabic), in Adyan, The Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, (no 0), 2009, pp. 44-55.
– “The Challenges of Teaching about Religions in a Multi-confessional Lebanon: Case Study Haigazian University (1998-2008)”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 24, vol 2), 2008, pp. 268-282.
– “Citizenship in Multicultural Lebanon: A Critical Approach”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 23, vol 2), 2007, pp. 97-113.

SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

-“Orthodox Theology and Naturalism: A Critical Analysis of a Controversial Relationship” (presented at the Seventeenth European Conference on Science and Theology [ESSSAT 2018], Lyon , France, 2018)
– “Toward a ‘Continuous Reform’ in the Orthodox Church” (presented at the International Colloquium on RE:FORMATIONS↔MODERNITIES↔ORTHODOXIES, ICED-ISCC, Rome, Italy, 2017), available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqJmiAQy-P0&t=1s

-“Breaking down the Current Complex Refugee & Migrant Crisis in Europe – Analysis of Paradoxical Integration Values, Challenges, Strategies and Solutions” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Münster, Germany, 2017)
– “A Clash of Value Systems: Acculturation of Migrants & Refugees from the Middle East in Europe” (presented at the International Seminar on “Interreligious and Intercultural Relations in a Time of Conflict and Migration in the MENA Region: Comparative Perspectives” – Haigazian University/Lebanon & College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University/USA, Beirut, Lebanon, 2016)
– “Human Uniqueness and God’s Image and Likeness: Analysis of Problematic and paradoxical Ideals in a Corrupt and Changing World” (presented at the Sixteenth European Conference on Science and Theology [ESSSAT 2016], Łódź, Poland, 2016)
– “Citizenship and Participation in Public Life – Middle East” (presented at the Fourth Colloquium Syriacum on “Towards a Culture of Co-Existence in Pluralistic Societies in the Middle East and in India”  – PRO ORIENTE, Vienna, Austria, 2013)
– “The Paradox of Christian Minorities: Contribution vs. Persecution” (presented at the European–Arab Conference on “The Contribution of Religious Minorities to Society” – University of Vienna, Austria, 2013)
– “Peace in a Turbulent Middle East: Cost of Change” (presented at an International Colloquium on “Solidarité et Paix” – University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], Lebanon, 2012)
“Islam in the European Union: A Question of Acculturation or Incompatibility?” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Marmara, Turkey, 2011)
– “The ‘People of God’ between Temptation and Damnation: Challenges and Prospective Solutions” (presented at the international conference on “The People of God in Bible and Tradition: Semantic Implications and Modern Relevance”, University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Lebanon, 2010)
– “The Decline of the Christian Presence in a Multiconfessional Lebanon: Missions vs. Visions” (presented at the international conference on “Church and Mission in a Multiconfessional Third Millennium”, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2010)
– “E-dialogue, e-discussion or e-conflict about religions, human rights and politics? A problematic use of ‘sacred’ texts in the Christian-Muslim Cyber-relationship” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Salzburg, Austria, 2009)

ACADEMIC DEGREES

Master of Business Administration, Arab Open University, Lebanon/The Open University, UK (2017)
Doctorate in Theology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1997)
License in Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon (1991)