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Science, Technology, and Religion Unit

Call for Proposals

The Science, Technology, and Religion Unit is soliciting proposals on the following topics:

  • Technology, Labor, and Human Flourishing-- in response to the conference theme, we are interested in panels and papers that reflect on how technology is changing the organization of labor, wealth distribution, and/or conceptions of livelihood.
  • Laboratory Life-- in light of the recent passing of Bruno Latour, we welcome panels that consider Latour's contributions to both science studies and religious studies. Attention to how scientific labor relates to the cultivation of virtues would be of particular interest as well.
  • Prophets, Gimmicks, and Charlatans-- how can religious studies help us to understand contemporary technology markets and their dramatic promises for material progress?’
  • The economic conditions of the labor of our hands-- in response to the conference theme, we welcome reflections on how contemporary scholarship is (or isn't) funded. We have particular interest in reflection on influential sources of research funding, including the Templeton philanthropies, the Luce Foundation, and government fellowships.
  • Technology and remembering-- how do changes in technology relate to practices of memorialization, commemoration, or remembering?
  • Religion/Science in Theology-- we are interested in theological interventions that move beyond the dyad of science and religion.
  • Information Theory and Religion-- how do the structural frameworks for systematic thinking in technoscience teach us about religion, and vice-versa?
  • Assistive Technologies and Disability Studies-- we are interested in papers that explore embodiment, disability, and critical reflections on the history and future of assistive technologies. 
  • Confessional panels/papers related to Religion, Science, and Technology
  • Finally, STR is always open to paper proposals or panels that do not fit any of these particular parameters.

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.


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Review Process

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