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Bologna - Sabato, 22 Febbraio 2020 - Sabato, 6 Giugno 2020

Nell'ambito delle attività promosse dalla SISRI a Bologna, segnialiamo il ciclo di seminari in programma per l'anno accademico 2019/2020 che si svolgeranno mensilmente, a partire dal 22 febbraio 2020 fino al 6 giugno, presso l'Istituto "Veritatis Splendor", dalle ore 11.00 alle ore 13.00. Per maggiori informazioni scrivere all'indirizzo mail bologna@sisri.it o visitare il sito http://www.sisri.it/bologna


Il programma dei seminari:

  • 22/02 Che cosa possiamo sapere? Conoscenza e contesto
  • 4/04 Sulla Mereologia: il tutto e le parti
  • 16/05 Autoreferenza e autocoscienza
  • 6/06 Rivoluzione scientifica e teologia cristiana

Sede: Istituto "Veritatis Splendor", via Riva di Reno 57 - Bologna

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Star Island, New Hampshire, USA - Sabato, 27 Giugno 2020 - Sabato, 4 Luglio 2020

2020 IRAS Summer Conference: "Naturalism — as Religion, within Religions, or without Religion?"

Call for papers
​The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2019.


Owen Flanagan
Marcelo Gleiser
Ursula Goodenough
Sarah Lane Ritchie
Carol Wayne White
Janet Newton, ​Chapel Speaker
Willem B. Drees, ​Program Co-Chair
Barbara Whittaker-Johns, ​Program Co-Chair

The natural sciences have enabled humans to develop mind-boggling technologies. But to many, the sciences offer still more: an encompassing and coherent understanding of reality. If the sciences shape one’s view of the world, one might speak of science-inspired naturalism. What are the consequences of science-inspired naturalism for religion? In this conference, we will explore and evaluate options available to those who take science seriously. Briefly, these could be characterized as replacement, reform, and rejection.
Replacement: Religious naturalism is an orientation grounded in the sciences and relevant for our time, embedded in narratives of cosmic and biological evolution and emergence. Might one opt for “religious naturalism,” seeking to articulate a global religious orientation grounded in the sciences that stands in awe of and sacralizes nature, without invoking a supreme being? Would this appeal to those who understand themselves as spiritual but not religious?
Reform: Seek ways to develop and thereby enliven a religious tradition in ways consistent with a scientific view of reality, e.g. a ‘naturalistic Christianity’ that envisages reality as scientifically understood as God’s creation, or a naturalistic Buddhism. What are the prospects for naturalistic strands within religious traditions?
Rejection: Abandon religious discourse. A secular humanism informed by science might be a sufficiently adequate orientation to live by. If a naturalist opts for a non-religious orientation, what would be gained and what might be lost?
Challenging these categories and their boundaries, and disputing whether they need to be mutually exclusive, may help us develop a better understanding of religious traditions and of other communities of meaning-making. Questions include:
1. How well do they address reality?
​Modern cosmology considers the universe as a whole. What might religious or secular varieties of naturalism contribute to fundamental cosmological questions? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why is reality the way it is?
What about features of reality dear to humans, such as language-based consciousness, values, aesthetic experiences, and rationality/mathematics? Are these conceptual realities of a categorically different kind, or can they be understood naturalistically?
2. How well do they serve humans?
What resources might each orientation provide to motivate and guide our morality and enrich us as humans? How do they bring in personal and communal experience, stories, and art? What is lost when traditional worldviews give way to scientific understandings?
What about cultural diversity and ecological concerns? Do we need a scientific creation narrative, an evolutionary epic, to address climate change and the loss of biodiversity? Or can we rely on a plurality of languages and religious imaginaries?
For whom are such positions attractive? For those raised within a particular religious tradition? For scientists and the science-educated? Might any of these be resonant for ‘nones’ who may not be familiar with religious or philosophical vocabularies?
​We invite proposals for short papers on the theme of the conference or on other aspects of the interactions of science and religion. Topics can be approached from various perspectives, such as science, philosophy, religious studies or theology, history, psychology or sociology. They may consider traditions such as Christianity, Islam or Buddhism; contemporary developments such as religious naturalism, spirituality, or the rise of nones; naturalism in relation to philosophical topics such as moral motivation and values, consciousness, mathematics, or scientific methodology; the history of any such developments; their usefulness in addressing individual needs or global and planetary concerns; and so on.
We look forward as well to proposals for panels with up to four participants, addressing a particular issue from multiple angles.
Proposals will be peer reviewed. A few Shapley-Booth fellowships for room and board will be awarded to applicants with individual paper proposals deemed strongest.

June 27 – July 4, 2020
Star Island, New Hampshire, USA


Lampeter, Wales - Sabato, 11 Luglio 2020 - Domenica, 12 Luglio 2020

Conference Theme

One of the enduring features of human culture is the telling of stories about the sky. Over the millennia people have wondered how the sky may contain significance, reveal meaning, predict the future, reflect on social structures and mores, and explore the ways in which sky and earth harmonise and mirror each other.

Such stories have been told through myths, literature, religion, ritual, music, movement and the built environment. As Kim Malville writes, 'One of the goals of cultural astronomy is to use evidence of astronomy to seek a deeper understanding of the underlying culture. In a similar manner we ask if any of these stories of the sky reveal some of the deep and profound aspects of the cultures that have generated them. And turning our focus upward, we might ask if any of these stories reveal intense curiosity about the detailed nature of their skies'.

This academic conference invites proposals to speak on how and why we tell stories about the sky, and the nature, meaning and purpose of such stories.

Suitable topics include

  • The sky in literature, poetry and fiction
  • The sky in oral and mythical traditions
  • The sky in divinatory and prophetic traditions
  • The sky in cinema, photography and the visual arts
  • The sky in religion and ritual
  • The sky in music and sound
  • The sky as explored by astronomers
  • The sky as inspiration for multiple ontologies

Call for papers

Abstracts should be 3,000 characters maximum, and include three academic references. Please use the abstract upload form below.

Also, please include a short biography of 3,000 characters maximum.

Deadline for submission: 1st December 2019.

All accepted speakers will be notified by 21st January 2020.

The conference will be live-streamed and the recording available to subscribers for a month. By submitting an abstract you agree to these terms.

Publication: all speakers will be invited to submit to an anthology for publication by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter 11 - 12 July 2020

Castel Gandolfo - Venerdì, 23 Ottobre 2020 - Domenica, 25 Ottobre 2020

The environmental crisis represents one of the most urgent and critical problems of our times. In 2015, Pope Francis launched his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ emphasizing the need “to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home ... before it is too late”. At five years since its publication, we would like to look at the impact of this document on the contemporary world and the new ways explored towards an Integral Ecology. These new ways explore a relational view of ourselves and of the natural world, of which we are an intrinsic part, and how we relate with nature from the ethical, scientific, societal and even theological points of view.

The meeting aims at showcasing the role that individuals and social bodies can play in the care of our common home. We are convinced that the environmental crisis can represent an opportunity for a renewed encounter between cultures and religions.

The program will include invited talks, selected presentations (either oral or poster), round tables, thematic workshops and plenary sessions in dialogue with the speakers. The contributions solicited include the following topics:

●  Integral Ecology
●  Environmental Ethics
●  Sustainable Development
●  Circular Economy
●  Happy Degrowth
●  Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
●  Health and Environment
●  Ecosystems and Environmental Research
●  Environmental Challenges (global warming, plastic pollution, etc.)
●  Technological Solutions (energy efficiency, renewable sources, etc.)

●  Ecology and Society (economics, politics, and religions role facing the environmental crisis)

Important Dates:

Abstract submission: September 20th, 2020
Notification of acceptance: October 4th, 2020
Registration: October 11th, 2020


Roma - Lunedì, 13 Settembre 2021 - Sabato, 18 Settembre 2021

L’undicesimo Congresso tomistico internazionale è stato riprogrammato a causa dell’attuale situazione con COVID-19. Il Congresso si terrà ora il 13-18 settembre 2021. Il termine per la presentazione delle proposte cartacee è stato prorogato al 28 gennaio 2021. Se avete già presentato una proposta o vi siete registrati al Congresso, gli organizzatori vi contatteranno via e-mail. Se avete domande, scrivete a romathomism2020@gmail.com.

Il tema del congresso sarà: Vetera novis augere. Le risorse della tradizione tomista nel contesto attuale.
L’obiettivo scientifico generale dell’XI Congresso Tomista Internazionale è quello di rivedere le nuove prospettive nello studio di San Tommaso (interessi, metodi e risultati) per evidenziare le risorse della tradizione tomista nei dibattiti teologici e filosofici contemporanei.


Chiunque desideri prendere parte ai lavori del Congresso (insegnanti, ricercatori, dottorandi) è invitato a proporre una comunicazione (25/30 min. massimo, strettamente). L’intero testo delle comunicazioni o un riassunto sviluppato (tra 1500 e 2000 caratteri, spazi inclusi) deve essere inviato al seguente indirizzo: romathomism2020@gmail.com entro il 28 gennaio 2021.

Costo: €30, Studenti/Studenti di dottorato
€60, Altri

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Per informazioni:

Pontificia Università San Tommaso d’Aquino
Largo Angelicum, 1,
00184 ROMA, Italy