THE SPECTER OF CLIMATE CHAOS: RELIGION, SCIENCE, POLITICS

International Conference

SUMMER 2019 / PROFESSOR JON PAHL / DREW UNIVERSITY

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The Specter of Climate Chaos: Religion, Science, Politics

What is the place of spirituality today in the face of climatic and environmental instability? In the light of contemporary science and public policy, is the function of religion to ameliorate, or exacerbate, the current crisis of climate disruption? How might scholarly fields such as climate science, religious studies, and political theory contribute to a new understanding of the positive role various faith communities might play in the current climate debate – as well as the negative role such communities might play in their resistance to climate science and political action based on the strictures of their ancient traditions? In sum, this conference will ask: What new forms of social and political action might be possible by faith communities’ efforts to address constructively catastrophic climate disorder, both within their own communities and across other communities?

Current academic and popular discussions of climate change often envision humankind as a homogenous economic group of producers and consumers who see the Earth as a commodified object rather than a living communion of interrelated subjects. Along with future projections of what will happen to Earth’s environment, and thereby to humanity, we often hear about what humans ought to do to prevent environmental collapse. Yet many questions remain about our present situation. Could it be that humankind and otherkind alike are common members of the same natural order, and that all members of this order deserve equal treatment? If this is the case, then we will ask, (1) Which human activities have had the most historical impacts, for good or ill, and (2) Which activities ought to be continued in the future (see, for instance, the discussion on a shift from the “Anthropocene to Capitalocene” eras, in Grusin, 2017)? In this call for papers, we hope to stimulate research and conversation about these two questions. We seek papers that will analyze how the human community has reacted to global environmental changes in the past and the present (e.g., denial, cooperation, competition, etc.) in the light of political, economic, social, and religious differences. In particular, the organizers encourage proposals on questions that integrate rigorous scientific analysis with equally rigorous interrogations of religious discourses and communities.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Dr. Jon Pahl
Professor, Conference Chair

Jon Pahl, PhD, is Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He has also served as Visiting Professor of Religion at Temple University, in Philadelphia, and as Visiting Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

Dr. Pahl has published dozens of articles, essays, columns, and reviews; has appeared on media outlets from the BBC to ABC, and is author or editor of six books, most recently Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place (Wipf and Stock), and Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence (NYU). 

Dr. Mark Wallace
Professor, Co-chair

I am professor in the Department of Religion, and member of the Interpretation Theory Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee at the Swarthmore College. I am Ph.D. graduate of The University of Chicago. My teaching and research interests focus on the intersections between Christian theology, critical theory, environmental studies, and postmodernism. I have authored, among others, Green Christianity (Fortress, 2010) and  Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005).

My research and writing is an exercise in the emerging field of religion and ecology – a promising new line of inquiry in religious studies.

Dr. Jonathan Golden
Professor

Jonathan Golden (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is director of Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, an interdisciplinary center focused on global peacebuilding and interfaith leadership. He is convener of the Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Leadership offered in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

Golden, who in 2016 won the Thomas Kean Scholar/Mentor Award, is assistant professor in the Departments of Comparative Religion and Anthropology. He teaches courses on interfaith leadership, peace and conflict studies, and the Middle East. 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper for the AIS “Climate Chaos Conference.” Submit your proposal/abstract or full paper electronically via email attachment to contact@amerscience.org

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The conference will be held at Drew University located at 36 Madison Ave, Madison NJ 07940, USA.

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