The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment
in association with the
Lincoln Theological Institute
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
is pleased to announce its
sixth international conference
to be held remotely by Zoom
Friday 14 May to Saturday 15 May 2021
CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS
Rachel Armstrong (Newcastle University, UK)
Whitney Bauman (Florida International University, and Berlin)
Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, Paris)
Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester, UK)
Linn Marie Tonstad (Yale University)
Mary Keller, Yianna Liatsos, Carol Wayne White: States of Smallness
Richard Carp, Todd LeVasseur, Sarah Pike, Paul Pule: Queering materialism and Practices of (Climate) Repair
A list of short papers with abstracts is available HERE.
The draft REPEAT DRAFT short papers schedule is HERE.
The conference programme is HERE.
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Conference Administrator: Alex Shaw EFSRE@manchester.ac.uk
Conference Chair: Peter Scott EFSRE@manchester.ac.uk
Because of changes brought about by, among other things, a warming climate, there has been a revival in materialism. Although there is little agreement on what ‘materialism’ means, this revival is certainly a reaction against a widespread instrumentalism regarding ‘dead matter’. At the very least, its resurgence relates to the return of non-human nature—if indeed nature ever left. The core aim of many of these materialisms is to understand matter in more animated and active ways—a sort of Romantic turn or an undoing of the postmodern end of nature. Options here include the “new materialism” (Bennett, Barad), speculative realism (Morton), and ‘actor-network theory’ (Latour). This has led to many objections from the ‘old’ materialists (i.e. Marxists) who understand nature more in terms of a factor in production and may be more cautious about ascribing agency to nature (Malm). There have also been constructive developments regarding materialism within Marxism such as metabolic rift theory (John Bellamy Foster, Paul Burkett). Feminist theorists (Haraway, for example) have been addressing the issue of materialism already especially in relation to animal and technology studies. At issue are a range of issues, including hierarchy, the nature of relationality, the relation between nature and society, human and other agencies, and ‘world picture’. The conference will aim to explore some of these new developments, including how materialist issues impinge upon religious traditions and the extent to which religions are already materialist and so have a creative contribution to make to debates about ecological materialisms.
For and on behalf of the Conference Committee