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The University of South Carolina Science & Religion Initiative

A conference opportunity for students interested in science and religion is now available. Funding of up to $3,000 will be awarded to 2 students; selected students have the option of attending one, or both of these events, if they so choose.



Summer Course, 2016, Science and Religion: Conversations be-tween Worldviews. July 3-8

Cambridge University, UK

Link: http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Short_course.php?Type=New&CourseID=71

Aim of Course

What does science have to do with religion? Are they separate worldviews, per-haps even conflicting ones that should be kept apart at all costs or can they be brought into constructive conversation? How have scientists from different reli-gious traditions brought together their faith and science? In this week-long course, we will explore the relationship between science and religion from a variety of per-spectives – scientific, historical, theological and philosophical. A team of world-renowned speakers from a range of disciplines will contribute to the dialogue from their own experience and area of expertise in the keynote lectures each morning. In the afternoons, optional seminars on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific areas in more depth.


A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Socie-ty, Oxford University, 27-30 July

Link: http://www.ianramseycentre.info/conferences/2016-postsecular-age-irc-conference.html

Conference themes
The past 20 years have seen the development of the interdisciplinary subfield of ‘secu-larism studies’ or ‘critical secularism studies.’ Previous theories of secularisation typi-cally presupposed the steady march of human civilisations toward non-religion—in part under the influence of scientific advance. By contrast, these new approaches view secularism and narratives of secularisation as ideological artefacts corresponding to specific times and places and in need of critical framing. Are we then living in what some have called a ‘postsecular’ age? Why have atheism and secularism become so fascinating for scholars—and in popular culture—for the past two decades? Has the secularisation narrative gone away (or changed shape?), putting religion back on the agenda of scholarship, global politics, law-making, and commerce? Are developments in science contributing to these trends? What effect have the New Atheism and new deployments of scientific authority had on secularisation theory? Why do secularisms look different in different times and places? What is the role of globalisation in the emergence and transformation of secularisms?

  Deadline:March 18, 2016

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