CALL FOR PAPERS - Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe

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Call for Papers
March 6, 2018 to April 15, 2018
Saskatchewan, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Humanities, Environmental History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Philosophy

"Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe"

2nd International Conference, Saskatoon
August 13th and 14th 2018


One often cited premise is that the work of modern scientists like Copernicus and Darwin served to remove our home planet and humanity from their special place in the cosmos as previously upheld by religious and spiritual traditions. Nonetheless, religion and spirituality have proven to be an enduring feature of the human landscape even for many scientists, in part, because religious and spiritual expressions have themselves shifted to tolerate, accommodate, and even promote new cosmologies. Additionally, more contemporary developments in scientific theory such as: big bang cosmology, quantum field theory, ‘mitochondrial Eve’, the multiverse, the Gaia hypothesis, the singularity, or the anthropic principle have lent themselves to religious and spiritual readings. Compounding the tensions active here, many of these religious and spiritual readings lie outside the aims, scopes, and intensions of the scientists who first formulated these concepts.

The second international conference of the Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion seeks to wade into these issues and provide a platform to start and deepen interdisciplinary conversations amongst scientists, social scientists, and humanity scholars concerning the roles and place of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating, and sometimes awe-inspiring cosmos that comes into view via modern and after-modern science. In light of our goal to foster such dialogue, we invite paper proposals addressing the conference theme from academics engaging in a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including scientists and scholars of science and religion. Those selected to present will join the following exciting keynotes on the conference program:

Br. Guy Consolmagno S.J., PhD (Director, Vatican Observatory), Jeff Baker, PhD (Chair, Indigenous Education at University of Saskatchewan) with Elder Wilfred Buck, BEd, PBCE (Science Facilitator, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre), and Loriliai Biernacki, PhD (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder).

Location and Submission Information:

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, SK. To have your work considered for the conference program, please submit a 100 – 150 word abstract of a paper that can be presented in 20 minutes, along with 100 word biography, and your current CV to by April 15th, 2018. Those chosen to present will be informed shortly after that date. Co- presented papers are welcome. Presenters will be invited to submit their work for (double-blind peer reviewed) consideration in Science, Religion, and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Questions from academics can be directed to the chair of the conference planning committee, Dr. Christopher Hrynkow, at

Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion Inc.

#840 - 606 Spadina Cres. East | Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H1 | Canada



Contact Info: 

Christopher Hrynkow, PhD, ThD
Associate Professor
Department of Religion and Culture
St. Thomas More College
University of Saskatchewan


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