Call for Papers

Evolution and Religion: Towards a History of an Evolving Relationship Science, Technology and Society Program, Clemson University, Clemson, SC February 13-15, 2009

Historians have long charted the relationship between evolution and religion, designating its interactions as conflict or cooperation, casting the religious reading of evolutionary theory in terms of reaction and response. Recent studies have introduced different ways of thinking about this area of historical study: the spatial turn in history has shown the power of local circumstances to determine the way the meanings of evolution are interpreted and appropriated: studies informed by book history have shown the significance of the means in which statements on science and religion were produced and read: and the way in which the popular understandings of evolution and faith shaped each other is emphasized in recent histories which emphasize “appropriation” rather than “reaction.”

This conference will contribute to the growing understanding of the diverse relations of evolutionary and religious thinking in America and beyond, add to the historiographical richness of our understanding of science and religion, and map the localities and trends of a dynamic field. While the meeting will be of particular interest to historians and philosophers of science and of religion, we welcome contributions from diverse perspectives.

Confirmed speakers include Edward Larson (University of Georgia), Joe Cain (University College, London).

We encourage contributions which address the conference theme, and in particular

1. studies of particular interactions between evolutionary and religious ideas, individuals, or communities. 2. comparative studies of interactions in different communities. 3. reflections on episodes on thematic questions in which religion and science played a role, such as design, human evolution, the evolution of altruism and social behaviors, the mechanism of evolution, etc. 4. analyses of evolving issues within communities, such as changing views of evolution at religious universities, or within certain denominations: or, changing views of religion among communities of scientists. 5. the changing role of science in religious apologetic, or in the formation of non-religious metaphysical positions.

Please submit abstracts of 200-250 words along with a brief biography of the presenter to Dawn M. Digrius at [email protected].

Deadline is November 20, 2008. Conference acceptance notifications will be sent by e-mail by November 30, 2008.

Dawn M. Digrius, Ph.D. Lecturer, Science and Technology in Society Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History Clemson University 305 Strode Clemson, SC 29634 [email protected]