CFP for awesome "Greening of Religion" conference this April in South Carolina! *****
Laurie Zoloth, bioethicist and president of the American Academy of Religion, has called climate change the greatest moral issue of our time. Increasingly, voices from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions are bringing the link between religion and climate change to national and international notice, from the Green Seminary Movement, to the recent Papal encyclical, to conferences ranging from the purely academic to those like the World Parliament of Religions, and to the growing emphasis on environmental justice.
Our April 1-3 conference welcomes proposals that go beyond acknowledging climate change as a moral challenge to explore if and how religious and spiritual traditions and their practitioners engage with this challenge, its effect on their behavior and thinking, and if theological reflections have been modified in any way to adjust to the climate changes that confront us.
We are looking for proposals from a broad understanding of religion, including the Abrahamic, the Dharmic, the contemporary Pagan and the Earth-based, as well as from diverse methodologies: theoretical and practical, qualitative and quantitative, normative and descriptive. Abstracts should be limited to 600 words and are due by September 30, 2015.
Don't miss this opportunity to present at conference with renowned scholar Bron Taylor, author of Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future, and Avatar and Nature Spirituality, as well as numerous publications documenting his ethnographic work with Earth First! and the Earth Liberation Front.
Bron Taylor, Ph.D., keynote speaker for The Greening of Religions: Hope In the Eye of the Storm, is Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida, and has been an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for Environment and Development at the University of Oslo. Working primarily in the areas of religion and ecology, environmental ethics and environmental philosophy Taylor is also a prominent historian and ethnographer of environmentalism, including radical environmentalist movements, surfing culture and nature-based spiritualities.
Taylor is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. He founded the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, serving as its President from 2006-2009, and founded the Society's Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, serving as editor since 2007. From Taylor's web site:
"Explore the emotional and spiritual connections people have (and do not have) with nature. Consider the ethical and political dimensions of grassroots environmental movements, including Earth First! and the Earth Liberation Front. Discover what surfing (oceanic not internet) might have to do with spirituality and environmentalism. Analyze how environments shape human perceptions and how human perceptions shape environmental and social systems. Consider whether a new post-Darwinian nature spirituality is emerging that will decisively shape the future of religion and the earth."