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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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:

• Religion and the Public
What is the role of religion scholars in the culture wars over science? How should one best understand the controversies over science in the American public? How does one connect the issues of science and religion to the world beyond the academy?

• Biomedicine
Does the study of religion provide any unique insights for the study of biomedicine? Does biomedicine only address questions of 'how' while leaving 'why' questions to the domain of religion, or is this dichotomy oversimplified? What new methodological tools can be brought to the study of biomedicine and religion? We are particularly interested in papers that explore non-Christian and non-western Christian contexts from historical and ethnographic perspectives.

• Reflections on the Work and Legacy of Christopher Southgate

• Astrobiology
What implications would the discovery of another form of life have on how we see ourselves and our world. In particular, what would be the implications for different religious traditions?

• Papers are invited that relate to Lisa Sideris’s book Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge and the Natural World (University of California Press, 2017) as an opportunity to reflect upon ways we might relate religious discourse and scientific knowledge in morally motivating ways. Do we need science to feed a sense of "wonder" and ecological responsibility, or could this arise in a personal encounter with nature? And can and should we aim for a grand cosmic story or rather value a plurality of particular stories, as religious legacies are as diverse as human cultures and languages?

• Proposals on current controversies in brain-mind science and emotion, such as the debates surrounding domain-specific vs. domain-general theories of emotion, and the implications of these controversies for religion. For a co-sponsored session with Religion, Affect, and Emotion Unit and the Science, Technology, and Religion Unit.

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

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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