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Religion in the Anthropocene – Challenges, Idolatries, Transformations



The European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment is pleased to announce

the fifth international conference from May 14 to May 17, 2015, to be held in Munich in Germany, in association with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, entitled:

 

 

Religion in the Anthropocene: Challenges, Idolatries, Transformations

 

Speakers are:

Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Munich

Claudia R. Binder, Munich University

Franz Mauelshagen, Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen

Michael Northcott, Edinburgh University

Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame

Markus Vogt, Munich University

Stefan Skrimshire, University of Leeds

Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Michael Reder, Munich University of Philosophy 

Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame

Nikolaus Brantschen, Lassalle Institute, Bad Schönbrunn

Mark Lawrence, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Andreas Gösele, Munich University of Philosophy 

Hans Diefenbacher, Heidelberg University

Dieter Gerten, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Bron Szerszynski, Lancaster University

 


Conference committee:
Markus Vogt, Munich University

Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame
Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Claudia R. Binder, Munich University
Dieter Gerten, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



 

The notion of the “Anthropocene” characterizes the current era as a new quasi-geological epoch in which the imprint of collective human activities is so pervasive that major properties of planet Earth are at risk of destabilization. Related concepts suggest that humanity is now close to passing several “planetary boundaries” and “tipping points”. These notions have stirred up discussions primarily in the earth sciences, where research now focuses on a more rigorous understanding of humanity’s interaction with the biophysical earth system. However, the notion of the Anthropocene poses a tremendous challenge for the humanities as well, as it ultimately means that human activities will decide on the future evolution of planet Earth, and that the human–nature relationship is in need of transformation so as to ensure sustainable future development. In this context the possible role of geoengineering is very controversial in the dialog between technology, politics and religions.

 

This fifth conference of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment (EFSRE) is a forum (with plenary keynotes and special sessions) for an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Anthropocene, with discussions centered around the many possible roles of religion and beliefs in this human-dominated era and its foreseeable future. Scholarly contributions are invited on the manifold challenges that the Anthropocene poses to religions, and on how religion could act as a “planetary opportunity” and driving force to stay within planetary boundaries.

 

A guided tour through the programmatic exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene - The Earth in Our Hands” in the Deutsches Museum in connection with the public panel discussion about “Geoengineering: Hope or hubris?” is integrated in the conference programme.  

 

We invite contributions from scholars based anywhere in the world and in all fields that address the theme of the conference. Short papers are welcome as well as workshop ideas. Submissions are welcome by February 15, 2015. Decisions will be announced after March 1 2015. Please, submit your abstract of no more than 200 words, together with a brief (one-page) CV as e-mail attachment to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or directly to the coordinators: Dr. Dieter Gerten (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Prof. Dr. Sigurd Bergmann (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Registrations for the event are welcome from January 15 to March 31, 2015. An invoice for the conference fee (230,-€) will be sent after registration. Contact: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

If you need a hotel please make this your own responsibility for one of the many venues in Munich. We recommend Hotel Hauser which is very near to our university (http://www.hotel-hauser.de/). Another hotel which is comfortable but not too expensive is Motel One (http://www.motel-one.com/de/hotels/muenchen/hotel-muenchen-deutsches-museum/).

 

The conference will take place at the main building of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich). The nearest underground station is “University”. You need just under an hour to get there from Munich airport.

 

More information about the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment: http://www.hf.ntnu.no/relnateur/ and about our cooperation partner Rachel Carson Center: http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/index.html.

 

 

For further information, please contact: Simone Birnstock, Chair of Social Ethics at the University of Munich,

Email: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)