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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Science, Technology, and Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit supports scholarship that explores the relationship of religion, theology, technology, and the natural sciences. We support research that attempts to bridge the gap between religious and scientific approaches to reality and encourage the development of constructive proposals that encourage engagement and dialogue with the sciences, along with a critical assessment of the meaning and impact of technologies for the human condition and the natural world.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion, Science, and Technology Group seeks paper and panel proposals on the following themes:

Science Fiction’s Imagined Technologies and the Civic Imagination (Co-sponsored session with the Religion and Science Fiction Unit) -
We invite papers on the nuts and bolts of transformation that involve imagining technology’s role in society; of particular interest will be papers that sit at the intersection between science fiction, religion-and-science, technology, and public policy. Possibilities include superheroes, socially participatory AIs, technological interventions to end scarcity, intergalactic travel, human enhancement, and bioengineering.

● Science and Religion Scholars in Public Places -
What responsibilities do scholars of science and religion have to the public? Which public(s) should religion scholars try to reach? On whose behalf are they speaking (e.g., scientists, religious communities, the science and religion guild)? How can scholars create or expand spheres of public discourse, especially through social media or journalism?

● Science, Technology, and the Construction of Meaning -
What meanings have been or are constructed using science in different religious and cultural contexts? In particular, how do non-Western religious communities accommodate scientific theories or technology within existing frameworks of understanding? How does social and religious context influence the course of science and technology, particularly outside of Western Christian and/or secular societies?


Emotion Science and Religion (Co-sponsored with the Religion, Affect, and Emotion Unit) -
We invite proposals for work considering the relevance of emotion science for studying belief and cognition in both religious studies and theology. We’re especially interested in work that brings religious studies and theology into conversation around these issues. This may include approaches that connect emotion science, cognitive science, and trauma theory.


● Race and Gender in the Study of Science, Technology, and Religion -
We invite papers that examine how race and gender articulate across varied religious and scientific contexts. How does the interplay of scientific theories, technological arrangements, and/or religious traditions affect how persons are racialized and gendered? How does race and gender inform how people relate to religious traditions and technoscientific conditions? How have regnant theories of science, technology, and religion ignored questions of race and gender, and to what effects?


● Finally, STR is always open to paper proposals or panels that do not fit any of these particular parameters.


Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee