Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality

March 28-30, 2014, Madison, NJ, United States

“Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality” event engages transdisciplinary explorations in the study of science, political sciences, and religious and theological studies. It will be of interest to graduate students in religion, political sciences, and related field.

We have a terrific group of presenters, and are especially excited to welcome Karen Barad and Jane Bennett. Below you will find the Colloquium’s theme and a link to the event’s website. Please note that the registration will open in mid-January.

Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality
A discourse of interactive bodies traverses “religion,” in the study of both social movements, and cosmological constructions. And theological narrative has always come enmeshed in its material ecologies—of creation, incarnation, ritual, resurrection. How then do theological and religious studies intersect new scientific stories of relationality, as of quantum entanglement, emergence, complexity, climate, and neuroscience? Might “new materialist” and affect theories help to instigate transdisciplinary alliances of “intra-active becoming” (Barad), resistant to both anthropocentric theologies and reductive modernisms? In other words, might fresh entanglements of science and religion intensify attention to the fragile bodies of our creaturely interdependence?

It is the hope of the 2014 Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium at Drew that such a conversation—with the help of our special guests Karen Barad and Jane Bennett—might elude the standard stand-offs of “religion and science,” or of spirituality and materialism, discourse and bodies, theory and politics, and even religious studies and constructive theology. In the interest of an ethics of embodied responsibility, might the entanglement of many fields work to energize a paradigm of planetary nonseparability?


Posted: February 13, 2014