CFP: Science, Religion and Big Questions Conference

The Learning about Science and Religion (lasar) Research Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Oxford Argumentation in Religion and Science (oars) project at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford invite abstracts for papers and seminars that explore Big Questions in the context of education and the science-religion dialogue. Papers and seminars are invited which will help to characterise, expand and progress the science-religion dialogue in relation to Big Questions. This could be by discussing ways to relate science and religion in general or in the context of a selected Big Question, for example, how science and religion can help us understand what it means to be a person; mapping issues explored in the science-religion dialogue onto contemporary contexts such as the question of personhood in the context of artificial intelligence; or by identifying ‘wicked problems’ in contemporary life that can be examined through a framework of Big Questions, such as by examining the intersection of mental health and the science-religion dialogue. Papers should introduce language and constructs that will help educators to understand the terrain. Terms could include epistemic insight, argumentation, theory of knowledge, knowledge domains, sufficient truth, conundrum, apparent contradiction, conflict, ways of relating, interdisciplinary relationships, cross-disciplinary questions, multidisciplinary arenas. We hope that the conference will provide a compendium of Big Questions that can engage students’ and young adults’ interest, with explanations for teachers and tutors about their educative value and the importance of giving students access to a range of views about how science and religion relate.

Abstract submissions are invited for either individual short papers (300-500 words) or seminar proposals (600-1000 words). For short papers, speaker(s) will have a maximum of 20 minutes presentation time, followed by up to 10 minutes for questions and discussion. For seminars, authors are asked to propose three or four presentations that link together with a shared time for questions and discussion. Please email abstracts as a Word document to Professor Berry Billingsley, by 1st February 2020. Abstracts will be considered on receipt.

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Call for papers

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Posted: September 16, 2019