Convention on faith, expertise coming to ASU’s Tempe campus

Convention on faith, expertise coming to ASU’s Tempe campus
January 11, 2023

As expertise has quickly superior over the previous half century, there have been many areas of scholarship which have began growing, corresponding to engineering, pc sciences and information analytics. There has additionally been numerous growth in research that contain tradition, society and faith.

Students who analysis these intersections of expertise and faith, tradition and nature will probably be coming collectively for the “After Earth? Faith and Expertise on a Altering Planet” convention on Feb. 2–5 on Arizona State College’s Tempe campus. The convention is hosted by the Worldwide Society for the Research of Faith, Nature, and Tradition.
Convention on faith, expertise coming to ASU’s Tempe campus
Students who analysis intersections of expertise and faith, tradition and nature will probably be coming collectively for the “After Earth? Faith and Expertise on a Altering Planet” convention on Feb. 2–5 on ASU’s Tempe campus. Picture courtesy ASU
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“ISSRNC was established in 2005 as a spot for students conducting analysis about matters such because the function of tradition and values in shaping views of nature, the engagement of non secular traditions with environmental ethics and the various types of spirituality intently related to nature or ecology,” mentioned Evan Berry, affiliate professor of non secular research at ASU and convention organizer. 

The society contains anthropologists, students of faith, philosophers, Indigenous research students and geographers, in addition to researchers from different disciplines. 

“We’re excited concerning the 30 or so panels on matters starting from apocalypticism to multispecies encounters, from fossil gas extraction to area colonization,” Berry mentioned.

The convention will embrace a lot of aspect occasions, together with a banquet, a area journey to Oak Flat and a digital actuality digital artwork set up by the Swedish arts duo Lundahl & Seitl

Attendees will be capable of discover discussions about area exploration, synthetic intelligence, digital actuality, social media, renewable vitality, ecological disaster, mass extinction and radical inequality. 

Lisa Sideris, a lead organizer of the convention and professor of environmental research on the College of California, Santa Barbara, is worked up for the convention to be in individual after being digital for the previous few years.

“I am trying ahead to gathering with folks in individual, notably in a convention setting like ISSRNC that isn’t overwhelmingly giant, and the place you’ll be able to actually spend time with outdated buddies and get to know new folks,” Sideris mentioned. “I feel that is really cutting-edge scholarship, and we have got a number of the key consultants on these points talking on the convention.”

Whereas many individuals will attend in individual, there’s a digital attendance choice for many who would like it.

One of many main considerations for this yr’s convention is to maintain everybody secure and wholesome throughout the occasions, says Amanda Nichols, a convention organizer and postdoctoral analysis fellow within the environmental research program at College of California, Santa Barbara.

“We’ve organized to stay stream the keynote addresses, plenary session and one-third of our in-person concurrent periods and make them out there to registered on-line individuals,” Nichols mentioned. “We’ve additionally organized a lot of online-only periods for individuals and can have a lot of others Zoom in to in-person periods.”

The convention’s opening keynote will probably be given by the founding director of the Virginia Tech Middle for Humanities Sylvester Johnson, who will discuss his present analysis on human-machine symbiosis. Then, on Saturday, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, professor of faith and science in society at Wesleyan College, will give the plenary keynote lecture primarily based on her latest ebook “Astrotopia: The Harmful Faith of the Company House Race.”

Anybody is welcome to attend the convention and the 2 keynote periods will probably be free and open to the general public. ISSRNC can even have on-site, single-day registration out there for ASU college students for $15 and $25 for college. Moreover, anybody can register on the society’s web site for entry to the total on-line convention for $50.

“I hope that individuals come away feeling intellectually stimulated in addition to mentally and emotionally rejuvenated,” Nichols mentioned. “I additionally hope that individuals come away from this with some sense of connection, to 1 one other and to the biosphere, and possibly even some sense of hope for the long run.”

The convention is co-sponsored by a number of models at ASU, together with the College of Historic, Philosophical and Non secular Research; The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Interplanetary Initiative; the Institute for Humanities Analysis; the Julie Ann Wrigley International Futures Laboratory; the College of Arts, Media and Engineering; and the Middle for the Research of Faith and Battle.