CFP: International Conference “Science & Religion”

September 3-5, 2015, Athens, Greece

Call for papers

The National Hellenic Research Foundation – Institute of Historical Research and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens – Epistemology & Science Education Lab are organizing the International Conference “Science & Religion” in Athens, 3 – 5 September 2015.

The Conference is associated with the NARSES Research Project aiming to map the relationship between sciences and religion from the 4th c. AD to the 20th c. in Southeastern Europe and the East Mediterranean. The Project focuses on social formations where Eastern Christianity was the dominant religious tradition with the purpose to fill an important gap in the historiography of science: while a huge literature exists on the relation between science and religion in the context of Western Christianity there is almost a void for the areas of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkan states, marked by Eastern Christianity.

This International Conference will highlight interdisciplinary research to reveal unknown dimensions of the science-religion relation with major implications for the historiography of science developed with reference to both Western and Eastern European societies.

Papers mapping the Eastern Christianity groups active in debates on Nature and the institutions responsible for the production and negotiation of knowledge about Nature and God are encouraged for submission

Papers exploring every aspect of the relation between science and religion in all Christian traditions are warmly welcome.

The languages of the Conference are: English, French, Greek


  • Submission of Abstracts (500 words): 31st  May 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15th June 2015
  • Conference Dates: 3 – 5 September 2015
  • Full Paper Submission: 30th September 2015



Peter Harrison, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland

Baudouin Decharneux, Centre d’Etudes des Religions et de la Laicité, Bruxelles

Yakov Rabkin, University of Montreal

Liu Dun, Center for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Lu Dalong, Chinese Society for the History of Science
Sun Xiaochun, Center for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Michel Blay, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Emmanuel Bermon, Ecole normale supérieure
Alice Lamy, Ecole normale supérieure
Michela Malpangotto, Observatoire de Paris
Jullien Vincent, Université de Nantes

William Shea, Max Planck Institute for the history of Science, Berlin

United Kingdom
Alexei Nesteruk, University of Portsmouth

Cristopher Knight, Cambridge University
Eirini Viltanioti, Oxford University

United States
Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin
Michael Shank, University of Wisconsin


A 500 word abstract has to be submitted by 31st May 2015 to the Conference Secretary, Dr. Ploutarchos Psomiadis.

Abstracts may be submitted in one of the three Conference Languages: English, French, Greek.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the International Program Committee and authors will be notified for acceptance by June 15th, 2015.

Full papers will be submitted after the Conference by 30th September, 2015 and will be published in the Proceedings volume. Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the international journal Almagest.


The Conference fee is 230 euros. Participants from Greece, Cyprus, Eastern Europe and countries under hardship are entitled to a Conference fee of 100 euros. Details of payment will follow.


The Conference Venue is at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Complete details about the Venue and Accommodation are found here


Follow this link for contact the organizers

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Posted: April 30, 2015