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20th European Conference on Science and Theology (ECST XX)

August 28 - September 1

€150 – €250

“Sciences, Theologies, fictions. The construction of narrative in science and religion”

The academic study of science and religion has been dominated by theological, historical and philosophical approaches since its inception (roughly the 1960s). In recent decades other disciplinary perspectives have become prominent, especially anthropology, psychology and social sciences. But there are still other approaches from the arts and humanities that are now starting to make their mark and are yet to be fully explored; approaches such as literary criticism and textual studies. Indeed, viewing the science-and-religion dis-course as a human social, political and existential problem foregrounds the particularities of context, time and place; particularities that are amenable to analysis in terms of story and narrative. Genres such as film and creative literature become important. Poetry and fiction contain far-reaching and imaginative explorations of issues at the heart of the science-and-religion dialogue. Classic examples in the English canon might be John Milton’s Paradise Lost (creation, cosmology, the human condition), or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (creation, human uniqueness). Mining these works requires a sensitivity to the methods of literary and textual criticism, while also allowing for a whole new mode of dialogue between the sciences and religious belief, a mode where the analysis of narrative, character, and literary devices takes centre stage.

ECST XX will explore these themes and more. Our hope is that scholars will bring their interests in science and religion to look at diverse questions and genres, such as sci-fi, music, creative literature, film, drama, and the analysis of narrative and story, along with the socio-political stories of science and religion in our world. Clearly, we have in mind literary and imaginative con-struals of the science-and-religion debate, but we are equally interested in the historiography of important moments in the debate, along with how the arts have been or might be used to explore social and political aspects of the debate. And of course, there are many other related issues within the humanities and sciences that might be appropriate to explore.

We will meet in the University of Split in Croatia, and will hear 4 plenary speakers who are experts in the analysis of narrative in science and religion, both literary and media scholars, social scientists and natural scientists with interests in theology.

Call for papers: https://theoscifi.com/call-for-papers/


August 28
September 1
€150 – €250


European Society for the Study of Science & Theology
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University of Split, Croatia
Kliška ul. 27
Split, 21000 Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
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