The symposia and roundtable conferences arranged by the Donner Institute have for decades been a central meeting place for researchers and other experts in comparative religion and research on religion in a broad and multidisciplinary sense, in a Finnish, a Nordic and an international context.
Since 1962, the institute has regularly organised Nordic and international symposia. The time of the first symposium relates to the establishment of a professorship in the history of religion at the Faculty of Humanities at Åbo Akademi University, with funding from the Donner Institute. Until 1978, these symposia were held every two years and thereafter about every three years. Since 2007, symposia have been organised every year or every second year. Articles written on the basis of the conference presentations are published in the publication series Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, which has been published for more than half a decade.
The symposia are planned and arranged together with various scholarly partners and interest groups. Previously, we have collaborated with, among others, the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), the European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR), Finnish Society for the Study of Religion (SUS), Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME), the departments of Comparative Religion and Folklore Studies at Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku as well as the Migration Institute.
Previous symposia have focused on, for example, the following topics:
The Religious and Ethnic Future of Europe (2017)
Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries Today (2015)
Religion and Food (2014)
Digital Religion (2012)