2018 American Academy of Religion - Western Region - submission extension

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Call for Papers
October 6, 2017 to October 21, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Religion, Science, Technology Panel

New deadline for submissions: October 20, 2017

American Academy of Religion Western Region
Location: Berkeley, California
Dates: 23-25 March 2018

Religion, Science, Technology, and Kindness

Kindness is part of the human existential condition. This session zooms in on this human condition of kindness in an attempt to investigate how human beings employ science and technology to cope with this condition. Science and technology are both the solution and the problem: they are used to increase our kindness but at the same time, they engender our  animosity. And this is inevitably so. Scholars are invited to provide theoretical contributions for a descriptive and normative religious framework that will allow us to engage sciences and employ technologies to increase human kindness. Scholars are also invited to articulate religious ethics and political theological views of kindness that are able to deal with the impacts of new sciences and emerging technologies on the human condition. Topical focus for papers: challenges of robotization on kindness and humanity; interreligious views on science, technology, and robotics; total automation and humanity; biosciences and humanity enhancement; emerging technologies and human vulnerability; kindness of the cyber; self-driven vehicles and human kindness.

We invite submissions for religious research contributions that offer discussions of aspects of human-technology interface and science-enhanced humanity, especially with regards to love, kindness, sympathy, harmony, tolerance, etc..

Friday, October 20, 2017, is the new deadline for submitting proposals via e-mail to enrico beltramini at ebeltramini@ndnu.edu and marianne delaporte at mdelaporte@ndnu.edu

Proposals or abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and, along with participant forms, should be sent as an attachment. 

You may only submit one proposal for the conference. Here is a link to presenter guidelines: http://www.aarwr.com/uploads/2/0/4/2/20420409/presenterguidelines_aarwr.pdf

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enrico beltramini

marianne delaporte


Notre Dame de Namur University

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