The European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment
in association with the Lincoln Theological Institute
and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
is pleased to announce its sixth international conference:
Religion, Materialism and Ecology
to be held at The University of Manchester, UK
Update: Coronavirus statement
It is with great regret that the conference committee announces that this conference has been cancelled.
We plan to discuss whether or not to reschedule the conference. If the conference is rescheduled, we will write to all those who expressed an interest in this conference to advise of the new date.
Those who have registered will be contacted by e mail with instructions on how to claim a refund.
For and on behalf of the conference committee
Information on travelling to the University of Manchester is HERE
The conference venue is the Ellen Wilkinson Building, see the campus interactive map
Information on hotels in Manchester, grouped by price, is HERE
The conference DRAFT programme is HERE
CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS
Rachel Armstrong (Newcastle University, UK)
Whitney Bauman (Florida International University, and Berlin)
Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, Paris)
Linn Marie Tonstad (Yale University)
Mary Keller, Yianna Liatsos, Carol Wayne White: States of Smallness
Richard Carp, Todd LeVasseur, Paul Pule, Lisa Sideris: Gases--Glaciers--Poetics
Click HERE to see the short papers
On behalf of the Conference committee:
Peter Scott, The University of Manchester
Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Whitney Bauman, Florida International University, and Berlin
Roberto Chiotti, Larkin Architect Limited, Toronto
Catherine Rigby, Bath Spa University
Religion, Materialism and Ecology
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.
See the Announcement also at the Lincoln Theological Institute.
This symposium is hosted by the Finding Common Ground research project in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. It is co-sponsored by the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment and the European Churches Environmental Network.
18 May to 20 May 2017
"Religion in Environmental Activism"
The Conference committee: