From: Ulrika Mårtensson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: IAHR conference on Religions, Science and Technology
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:12:20 +0100

*Call for panels*

I would like to organise a set of panels at the IAHR Special Conference
Religions, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts: Dynamics of Change (see
CfP below), exploring the following problem area:

Similarities and differences between Christian and Islamic versions of
Creationism, and the relative significance of cosmologies and contextual

Questions addressed could include, for example:

(1) The role of creation myths and cosmologies in Christian and Islamic versions
of Creationism, and the extent to which they refer to their respective
scriptures or to other sources;
(2) Relationships between creation myths/cosmologies and ontology and
(3) Implications of Christian and Islamic creationism in natural and social
sciences, e.g. to what extent can ‘creationists’ accommodate the notion of
open-ended natural and social evolution, and the evidence-based study of such
(4) What role do notions of destiny (communal, national, global) and teleology
play in creationism in Christianity and Islam?
(5) What are the significant social, contextual factors involved in the
emergence of creationism in both religions, and how can they be weighted
against the significance of cosmology/creation myths/teleology?

Kindly direct abstract proposals of 200 words and any questions concerning these
panels to Ulrika Mårtensson ([log in to unmask]) by 1 August.

International Association for the History of Religions Special Conference 2012

Religions, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts: Dynamics of Change

Venue: NTNU-The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
1-3 March 2012

In current public and academic debates, the complex relationships between
‘religion’ and ‘science’ tend to be reduced into one between monolithic
entities. By exploring historical and contemporary interactions between
religions, science and technology, a more complex understanding may be reached
of the areas and ways in which they overlap, correspond, challenge and conflict
with each other.

This conference seeks to explore how religions, science and technology interact
and generate change (progressive, reactive, regressive), particularly in
relation to such issues as the environment and climate change; the economy;
welfare; life expectancy; popular representation; and sexual equality.
Of particular interest are explorations of dynamic relationships between
worldviews/cosmologies, socio-cultural practices and technologies; and of ‘the
politics of change’, i.e. how different actors seek to convince the public of
the benefits of their own approaches or of the detriment of ‘the others’

The conference is organized by the Department of Archaeology and Religious
Studies of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, in
collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies at Tromsø University.
Registration fee until 1 December 2011 is 250 EUR, which includes conference
materials, lunches and refreshments. There will also be bursaries for
participants from lower income countries.

Abstract of 200 words and affiliation details should be submitted by 1st August
2011. For submitting your abstracts and for any type of inquiries, you are
welcome to contact the Conference secretary, Filip Ivanovic
([log in to unmask]).

Conference website: