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Forthcoming Conferences

 

13-14 October 2017, USA

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting

The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2017 Annual Meeting will take place at the Marriot Wardman Park, Washington DC, 13-14 October 2017.

See the Society's website for more information.


24-26 March 2017, USA

Re-Enchanting Medicine

The 2017 Conference invites health care practitioners, scholars, religious community leaders, and students to address questions associated with the theme, "Re-Enchanting Medicine," by relating its questions to religious traditions and practices. We welcome an array of disciplinary perspectives, from empirical research to scholarship in the humanities to stories of clinical practice.

2017 marks the centennial of Max Weber's lecture, "Science as Vocation," in which he claimed that the modern world had lost its enchantment. Modern people, Weber argued, are socialized to see the world as merely material, without intrinsic meaning. This disenchantment leads modern cultures to treat nature, including human nature, as substance to be manipulated and controlled, using the latest scientific knowledge and technique, organized by bureaucracy and market forces.

The 2017 Conference on Medicine and Religion considers Weber's analysis with respect to contemporary health care, and asks what it would look like to re-enchant medicine today? In what sense is the world enchanted? Can the work of clinicians and medical scientists be described as a vocation or calling? If so, what is the nature of this call? Does Weber's analysis clarify why so many health care practitioners feel like cogs in a machine? How can practitioners, patients and religious communities break through the intellectualization, rationalization, and disenchantment in an era of evidence-based medicine, quality metrics, and electronic medical records? ​

We invite health care practitioners, scholars, religious community leaders, and students to take up these questions and consider their implications for contemporary medicine. The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary perspectives, from empirical research to scholarship in the humanities to stories of clinical practice. The conference encourages participants to address questions associated with this theme by relating the questions to religious traditions and practices, particularly, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or other world religions.

The conference takes place at the JW Marriott Houston, Texas. See the conference website for more information.


24-25 February 2017, Greece

The First International Conference of SOW (Science and Orthodoxy Around the World)

The conference focuses on the nature of the relationship between modern Science and Orthodox Christianity with its centuries-old tradition. Orthodoxy today shares a variety of—sometimes ambiguous—attitudes towards modern Science shaped by the texts of the Church Fathers, medieval and modern theologians and scholars, as well as contemporary social realities. On the other hand, modern Science, which sprung from the seventeenth-century quest by Western-European philosophers for rationality, is faced with crucial and uneasy questions about the meaning of life and the position of Humankind within the natural world.

The main goal of the Conference is to define the patterns of the Science-religion relationship in the Orthodox world, especially in the light of the most recent trends in both Science and Theology. Is this a relationship of dialog or conflict? Of integration or independence? What is the impact of the revival of patristic studies and new theological currents on the relationship? But also what is the relevant impact of new scientific discoveries on the image of the Human and the Universe? Has the modern Science-religion dialog in the West influenced Eastern Christianity in its effort to create new perspectives and concepts in response to new challenges? These questions are crucial for understanding and mapping the current science-religion dialog in the Orthodox world, and apart from recording given views and opinions, Project SOW aims at inciting new thoughts and ideas in the effort to advance the dialog among all interested parties.

The Conference will take place on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th February 2017 at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48 Vassileos Konstantinou Ave, Athens Greece.

The working language of the Conference will be English.

See the conference website for more information.


8-10 February 2017, Mexico

International Conference: Education, Science, and Religion: ISSR-UPAEP-DECYR

The International Society for Science and Religion, the Centre for Studies on Science and Religion (UPAEP, Mexico), and the Foundation for the Dialogue between Science and Religion (DECYR, Argentina) invite ISSR members, as well as non-members, to submit abstracts related to the major themes of this International Conference.

The conference will take place at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), Puebla, Mexico.

Plenary speakers include Profs Michael Reiss (UK), Celia Dean-Drummond (US), Juan Arana (Spain), Claudia Vanney (Argentina), José Funes (Argentina), Gianfranco Basti (Italy), and Juan José Blázquez (Mexico).

Goals

To present innovative educational strategies for the science and religion dialogue

To establish research on the social function of the science and religion dialogue

To strengthen the cultural and scholarly dialogue between science and religion

To locate the new perspectives on the science and religion dialogue in light of new technological and scientific advances

Conference themes

The Big Questions between science and religion

History of the relations between science and religion

Epistemology and methodology of the science and religion dialogue

Education on science and religion

The science and religion dialogue as an educational experience

Pedagogic and didactic experiences in teaching science and religion

The social function of science and religion

Science and religion in society today

University, science, and religion

Science, religion and the future of humanity

Contributions to the contemporary cultural dialogue

Ethics of future science and technology

Submission of abstracts

300 words abstracts should be sent, with a one-page CV, to Guadalupe Calleja Cantú, at the following email address: encuentromexico2017@upaep.mx

Deadline for submission is 15 October 2016.

Announcements will be made on 1 November 2016.

Languages accepted are Spanish, Portuguese and English

Selection criteria

Relevance of the topic submitted

Quality of the abstract

Registrations should be made to encuentromexico2017@upaep.mx. The cost for participating at the conference is US$50 (US$25 to students).

Accepted presentations will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The 10 best presentations will be considered for publication at Quaerentibus. Teología y Ciencias.


28-29 December, 2016, Israel

The Center for the Study of Bio-social Perspectives on Judaism at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies 3rd Conference on Judaism and Evolution

At the Center for the Study of Bio-social Perspectives on Judaism at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem in cooperation with Bina Yitzrit in Austin, Texas we are engaged in the teaching and research of Jewish Religious Practice from bio-psycho-social perspectives. Our team includes psychologists, biologists, independent researchers, rabbis, rabbinical students and MA students of Judaic Studies.

We are planning a conference for December 28-29, 2016. Professors David Buss and Tom Ellis will give our keynote presentations, focusing on their work with Bina Yitzrit. We are looking to expand our scientific perspectives and hope you will be interested in presenting a paper, proposing a round table discussion or an academic colloquium. We aim to bring together leading academics, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their ideas and research results.

The languages of the conference will be English and Hebrew. Plenary sessions will be translated simultaneously. The Schechter Institute will publish selected papers in Hebrew after rigorous peer-review and translation, if needed.

Abstracts of up to 500 words can be sent to: jerusalem.religion.conference@gmail.com Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

Full papers to be considered for translation and publication are requested by November 15, 2016.

See the Center's website for more information.


28-30 October 2016, USA

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting

The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2016 Annual Meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, 28-30 October 2016.

See the Society's website for more information.


27-30 July 2016, UK

A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society

The Ian Ramsey Centre Conference at Oxford University this year (27-30 July) engages the debate about science, religion and secularism resulting from the rise of the "New Atheism", marking the 10th anniversary of the publication of Richard Dawkin's God Delusion and Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell. The conference theme is: A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society. The past 20 years have seen the development of the interdisciplinary subfield of "secularism studies" or "critical secularism studies". Previous theories of secularisation typically presupposed the steady march of human civilisations toward non-religion—in part under the influence of scientific advance. By contrast, these new approaches view secularism and narratives of secularisation as ideological artefacts corresponding to specific times and places and in need of critical framing. Are we then living in what some have called a "postsecular" age? Why have atheism and secularism become so fascinating for scholars-and in popular culture-for the past two decades? Has the secularisation narrative gone away (or changed shape?), putting religion back on the agenda of scholarship, global politics, law-making, and commerce? Are developments in science contributing to these trends? What effect have the New Atheism and new deployments of scientific authority had on secularisation theory? Why do secularisms look different in different times and places? What is the role of globalisation in the emergence and transformation of secularisms?

Full details of the conference, including speakers, can be found on the Ian Ramsey Centre website.

We invite papers from younger scholars interested in this theme. These short papers on topics relevant to the conference themes will be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20-minute paper, 10 minutes discussion). Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 300-word abstract that situates the paper against its scholarly backdrop, and your institutional affiliation. Please send your abstract and other details by email to irc.admin@theology.ox.ac.uk with the subject line: "A Postsecular Age Conference Abstract". The closing date for abstract submissions is Friday, 15 April 2016; notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, 6 May 2016.


15-16 July 2016, UK

Healing the Body and Soul from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day

Conference at Birkbeck College, University of London, 15-16 July 2016.

In the contemporary Western world, religion and medicine are increasingly separated, but through much of history they have been closely interrelated. This relationship has been characterised by some conflict, but also by a great deal of cooperation. Religious perspectives have informed both the understanding of and approaches to health and sickness, whilst religious personnel have frequently been at the forefront of medical provision. Religious organisations were, moreover, often at the heart of the response to medical emergencies, and provided key healing environments, such as hospitals and pilgrimage sites.

This conference will explore the relationship between religion and medicine in the historic past, ranging over a long chronological framework and a wide geographical span. The conference focus will be primarily historical, and we welcome contributions which take an interdisciplinary approach to this topic.

See the conference website for information.

Proposals, consisting of a paper abstract (no more than 300 words) and a short biography (no more than 400 words), should be submitted to religionandmedicineconference@gmail.com by 30 October 2015


20-22 June 2016, Poland

Third International Conference of the Polish Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Krakow

The conference will build a network for the third international symposium of psychologists of religion and spirituality in Poland. The two previous conferences held in Lublin (2014) and Gdansk (2012), had researchers from various disciplines come together towards the common idea of studying psychological aspects of religious and spiritual life. We want the third conference of the society to share the same idea of incorporating an interdisciplinary approach, so we address our call for papers to representatives of various academic fields. We therefore invite not only psychologists and religious studies scholars, but also sociologists, cultural theorists, philologists, historians, pedagogists, philosophers and theologians of various denominations who are interested in the study of mutual relationships between religion, spirituality, and psychology.

The conference will also include a General Assembly of the Polish Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

See the conference website for information.


 
 

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