Conference on Religion and Technology

Vadim Putzu drew to my attention this conference at Franklin & Marshall College:

Conference on Religion & Technology

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies

Saturday, October 27, 2012

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall

Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery.  Both dreams of utopia and nightmares of apocalypse abound.   It has also shaken up some of our certitudes about the human.  Is there even such a thing or are we just underdeveloped machines? What does the expansion of internet technology mean for our experience of time, of space, and of the body? What kind of ethical conundrums arise from our computer-driven technology?

Three scholars—Robert Geraci (Manhattan College, Religious Studies, historian) Thomas Carlson (University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, philosopher, Katherine Hayles (Duke University, Program in Literature, literary scholar) will describe these new mythologies and address these questions.  Three faculty members from F&M will respond to their presentations:  Misty Bastian (Anthropology), Stephen Cooper (Religious Studies), Peter Jaros (English).

There will be ample time for audience participation throughout.  The day will end with a panel discussion on a specific topic provoked by the conversation of the day.

The conference is free and open to the public.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the abstracts of the presentations by the invited speakers, as well as the conference schedule.

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  • Ian

    Looks very interesting. Perhaps they missed a trick to really pioneer and put on a virtual conference on religion and technology. All the cool kids are doing the virtual conference thing…

  • David Evans

    “The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery”

    I’m not sure I agree with the premise. Science fiction abounds with utopias and dystopias in which the internet or its successors play a part, but I don’t see much there that is explicitly religious. The internet is of course a medium for all sorts of imagery, religious and otherwise, but I’m not sure it gives rise to it.