MEETING DETAILS

Date: May 17 – 20, 2018
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Chaired by: Lisa Sideris, Project Leader
Hosted by: Indiana University Department of Religious Studies

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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

“Religious Perspectives and Alternative Futures in an Age of Humans” focuses on new ways of envisioning what it means to be human in the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological age, viewed as the period in which human activity has become the dominant influence on the planet. The conference is one of a series of public events in a multi-year, multi-university project, “Being Human in the Age of Humans: Perspectives from Religion and Ethics.” The project is funded by a Humanities Without Walls initiative on “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.” Read more …

ABOUT THE PROJECT

While the concept of the Anthropocene grew out of earth systems science, it has captured the imagination of many humanists. By portraying humans as a collective species, a spatio-temporal entity that acts as a geomorphic force or agency, scientific narratives of the Anthropocene place humans into the longue durée of geology. For many scholars, research on the Anthropocene seems to offer an exhilarating collapse of disciplinary boundaries. At the same time, however, this interdisciplinary perspective has not often compelled scientists to engage with humanities frameworks. The traffic is not always two-way. Read more …

KEYNOTE PRESENTERS

Eileen_Crist

Eileen Crist, Associate Professor of Science and Technology in Society
Virginia Tech

Website:  https://liberalarts.vt.edu/faculty-directory/sts-faculty/eileen-crist.html

 

Stefen_SkrimshireStefan Skrimshire, Lecturer in Theology & Religious Studies
University of Leeds

Website:  https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20042/927/stefan_skrimshire

Kathryn_YusoffKathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography
Queen Mary University of London

Website:  http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/yusoffk.html

 

Rosalyn_LaPierRosalyn LaPier, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
University of Montana

Website: www.rosalynlapier.com

 

norman_wirzba-webNorman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies, Duke Divinity School; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics

Website: https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/norman-wirzba

GRETEL_VAN_WIERENGretel Van Wieren, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, Michigan State University

Website: http://religiousstudies.msu.edu/faculty/gretel-vanwieren/

 

Baird CallicotBaird Callicott, University Distinguished Research Professor, Philosophy and Religion Studies
University of North Texas

Website: https://jbcallicott.weebly.com/

 

Kathryn_YusoffJill S. Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science and Associate Chair for Earth Science
Vassar College

Website:  https://earthscienceandgeography.vassar.edu/bios/schneiderman.html