Belgrade Workshop



25 May 2018, 10:00 | University of Belgrade Rectorate

Under the auspices of the Department for History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences and Technology of the University of Belgrade


Organizing committee:
Aleksandar Petrovic, University of Belgrade (president)
Efthymios Nicolaidis, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
George Vlahakis, Hellenic Open University, Athens
Nikos Livanos, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Predrag Milosavljevic, University of Belgrade
Aleksandra Stevanovic, University of Belgrade (secretary)


The workshop “Religion and technology – Dictionary of Technology as a case study” is one of the activities in the frame of the long-term project “Science and Orthodoxy around the World” in which more than 50 specialists from 15 countries participate. It is dedicated to exploration of the general relation between religion and science, that is, theology and technology. Historically and conceptually interesting phenomenon of Dictionary of Technology, which is a subject of the increasing theoretical interest two scientific conferences, two proceedings, one scientific exhibition, one semester university course…), provides a template for this discussion. The theme of theological and technological discourse permeating would be considered in the optics of one specific historical and creative moment. The text published by Aleksandra Stevanovic in issue 15(2018) of the journal Church Studies titled "Theology of Dictionary of Technology" would serve as an impulse for the discussion. We believe that all this may trigger an open, creative dialogue and a critical consideration of the science–religion relation which determines contemporary culture in many ways. 

In the frame of this workshop, what would be initiated is a plethora of relevant issues, tentatively determined by some of the possible questions which may serve as a plea for opening the referent themes:

  • Theology and technology must be in some relation: How does Dictionary of Technology realize the theological problem of technology?
  • Which language do we speak? Has technology taken its language from theology?
  • Has technology assumed theological patterns?
  • What is the place of Medieval Serbian theology in the frame of Dictionary of Technology?
  • Does Orthodox Christianity have something in common with technology and the modern construction or postmodern deconstruction of identity?
  • What are the theological reasons of Dictionary of Technology smashing the mirror of technological simulacra?
  • Is the era of artificial intelligence generating artificial faith?
  • What are the differences in theological and technological understandings of ‘another world’?
  • How is personal subjectivity transferred to technology and how does the expectation for final technological solutions shape the social destiny of religion?
  • Is there any benefit from the competition between theology and technology?
  • Does Dictionary of Technology offer balance between science and religion?
  • Does technology possess real knowledge and religion only illusion or vice versa?
  • Does religion go virtual?




Prof. Dr Aleksandar Petrovic, University of Belgrade



Keynote: Prof. Dr Suzana Polic, Central Institute for Conservation and Restoration

Dictionary of Technology and Electronic Personality

In 2017 the European Parliament adopted a proposal on the legislation for the protection of rights of an electronic personality, or, the personality of a humanoid robot. This legal introduction to the Robotic technological revolution, the first technological revolution that is not made by man, demands that the religious concept of personality and the technological concept of the so-called electronic personality be considered comparatively. Starting from the religious considerations of Dostoevsky, then Zarko Vidovic, as well as Father Mitrofan, on one hand, and then the misuse of technological research on the basis of the method of biomimicry and artificial intelligence, on the other, the theme is Dictionary of Technology, which by pinpointing the concept of personality anticipated and warned about the events that would follow through three technological revolutions.


Prof. Dr Tatjana Paunesku, Northwestern University, Chicago

The Fall of Insight


Prof. Dr Dragisa Bojovic, University of Nis

Dictionary of Technology and Church Studies – One Idea


Dr Aleksandar Gajic, Institute of European Studies

Technological and Theological Dilemmas in the Postmodern Era


Dr Vladimir Dimitrijevic, Grammar School, Cacak

Searching for Theology behind Technology



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