CALL FOR PAPERS
The 62nd Annual IRAS Conference
How Can We Know? Co-creating Knowledge in Perilous Times
June 25 to July 2, 2016 – Star Island, New Hampshire
What does knowing and living reliably and humanely now require of us – as persons, communities, institutions and whole societies?
How do we know that these are perilous times? How do we know what is to be done? Does knowing evolve from imagining? How do religious, scientiﬁc and secular traditions differ? What are the biological foundations of morality? What might “know yourself” really mean? What have we been missing in the science/ religion dialogue?
These are not abstract questions. Our fate – global, societal and personal – hangs on them. The reason, of course, is that what we commit to doing and becoming is largely a function of what we think we actually know.
Given the destructive culture wars of our time – ecological, economic, societal, political and personal – we simply cannot afford to agree to disagree on what is to be taken as reliably known. Rather, we need dialogues that foster personal and shared learning; we must explore afresh the nature and demands of reliable knowing.
Tensions between the ways of knowing that underlie the sciences and those of other historical, cultural and religious perspectives often inhibit working together for human and planetary well-being. Pointing to the rapid progress and obvious power of the natural sciences, many assume that only the scientiﬁc method fosters reliable ways of knowing. Many scientists, as well as others who emphasize the ambiguities of history and the co-creative power of persons and communities, disclaim such a contention and emphasize the need for a thorough-going self-critical awareness.
How Can We Know? Co-creating Knowledge in Perilous Times – the 2016 IRAS Summer Conference – has been designed to explore the above focal question in light of the emerging conditions of the early 21st Century.
Call for Papers: Paper proposals of no more than 250 words, or poster proposals of no more than 100 words, should be sent by email to Ruben Nelson by February 29, 2016: firstname.lastname@example.org We have full and partial scholarships for the top papers.
Confirmed Speakers: Pat Bennett, Warren Brown, Phillip Cary, Chris Corbally, Wentzel van Huyssteen, Jonathan Marks, Margaret Boone Rappaport, Louise Sundararajan, John Teske.
Copyright 2013 by The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science