Sunday, December 20, 2009

Science and Sprituality Symposium on Human Nature

HYDE PARK RELIGION AND SCIENCE SOCIETY AND
ZYGON CENTER FOR RELIGION AND SCIENCE PRESENT
THE 2010 STUDENT SYMPOSIUM
ON SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

The second annual Student Symposium on Science and Spirituality will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois). The Student Symposium is a oneday conference designed to provide an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and inter-religious forum for graduate students in any academic discipline to engage in rigorous and collaborative conversations in religion and science. This year, the symposium is organized around the following questions:

•What makes us human?
•Is there such a thing as human nature?
•How do our ideas about human nature relate to God, the sacred, or the world?

Graduate students from all academic disciplines are invited to submit paper proposals that address any aspect of our thematic questions above or the larger religion and science dialogue. For this year’s symposium, we are especially interested in papers addressing scientific, philosophical, and theological insights on the nature of human personhood and its relationship to human community, the natural world, and God or the sacred. Fields of study particularly suited to contribute to the discussion include evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, psychology, anthropology, sociology, ecology, theology, and philosophy.

Cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the top three student papers as judged by a faculty committee. Symposium proceedings will be available at the Zygon Center's website, and winning papers will be published and disseminated to leaders in the religion and science community.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Paper proposals due January 15, 2010: Proposals should be no more than 500 words (two pages, double-spaced). Proposals must include a title, a statement of the problem or research question, a clear thesis, keywords, and a broad summary of the argument. A preliminary bibliography is welcomed but not required.

Full papers invited by February 5, 2010: A faculty committee will review proposals and select those to be invited as full papers. All authors will be notified of the review results.

Final papers due by March 19, 2010: Invited papers should be no more than 3,000 words(approximately 12 pages, double-spaced); papers exceeding this limit will not be accepted.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please send paper proposals, final papers, and any other correspondence to:
hprssstudentsymposium@gmail.com

For more information on the Hyde Park Science and Religion Society and the Zygon Center for Religionand Science, and for answers to frequently asked questions on the Student Symposium, visit http://www.zygoncenter.org. The Student Symposium is supported in part by a generous Metanexu Global Network Initiative Continuation Program Grant from the Metanexus Institute; for more information, see http://www.metanexus.net.
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