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Artificial Intelligence and Religion Seminar
Call for Proposals
Scholars of religion and theology add a crucial voice to the ethics of artificial intelligence. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, we seek papers that address questions associated with catastrophe, artificial intelligence, and religion. How might “Green AI” help us avert the destruction of the planet and prevent the worst dangers posed by human choice in the Anthropocene? How might industrial or government pursuit of AI produce an existential risk to democracy, economic self-sovereignty, or even humanity itself? How do religious actors intervene in discussions over AI ethics and AI technologies, and/or how could the wisdom of religious traditions be leveraged to produce positive outcomes in such debates? Might there be hopeful possibilities arising out of catastrophe? Might AI help evolve a new spirituality that breathes new life into our world? We encourage proposals that also address racialized, gendered, sexed, and/or differently abled perspectives. We welcome original papers that pose new questions.
Additionally, we seek proposals that show experiments using artificial intelligence in the study of religion. Scholars that are finding new applications for A.I. are encouraged to submit an abstract proposal even if their project is ongoing. Follow-up reports on projects already presented are likewise welcome.
Please note that this paper uses the AAR full-papers program, in which papers are made available before the meeting. Accepted proposers should expect to produce article-length papers (4000-7000 words) that will be due by mid-October 2022.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Philip Butler, Iliff School of Theology1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Robert Geraci, Manhattan College1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Beth Singler, University of Cambridge1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Theodore Vial, Iliff School of Theology1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Wensi You, Boston University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024