ASA 2017 Call for Abstracts

CSCA members are encouraged to submit abstract for this year’s annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 28–31, 2017 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado).
ASA2017ABSTRACT DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

This year’s meeting theme is “Exploring New Heights for Science & Stewardship,” and it will also feature the latest research in other areas of physical, biological, and agricultural sciences, and engineering and technology education relating to the theme.

Scholarships

  • ASA Scholarships: A number of members have graciously provided funding for a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships are available to early career and student ASA members on a first-come, first-served basis. (All CSCA members are ASA members.) Detailed information and application are available under the Annual Meeting tab on the ASA website.
  • CSCA Scholarships: For student members of the CSCA, our own scholarship is also an option.

Details & Submission Form Here
TOPICAL AREAS FOR ORAL AND POSTER SESSIONS

  • Energy, Water, and Environment: Technical presentations on uses, sources, and transmission/ distribution of energy; research on water, air, land, wildlife, and ecology overall
  • Ethics and Economics of Creation Care/Sustainability: Presentations focused on the ethics and economics of energy, water, environment, and people
  • Educating Students and Faculty: Presentations on new ideas in educating Christian students about science and technology, secular faculty about Christianity, and science education in churches and home schools
  • Engineering and Applied Technology: Technically focused presentations on engineering research or projects, technology in service to the poor
  • Exploring Physical Sciences: Geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, other earth sciences
  • Exploring Biological and Agricultural Sciences: Medical research, life sciences, plant and soil science, other agricultural research
  • Theology and Other Areas: Theological and philosophical insights

Call for Papers: Atheism and the Christian Faith

The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith has put out a call for papers for their upcoming conference on Atheism and the Christian Faith in Edmonton, Alberta.

ATHEISM AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
May 6-7, 2016

Papers and Presentations along the lines of the theme of Atheism and the Christian Faith may be approached interdisciplinarily from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences and from the subdisciplines of philosophy, theology, apologetics, psychology, sociology, history, culture, art and ethics, etc. There is a broad range of possible topics with some overlap. This list is neither exhaustive nor intended to be restrictive: Atheism as Religion, Atheism and Morality, Atheism and Meaning, Atheism and Apologetics, Atheism and Cosmology, Atheism and Teleology, Atheism and Ontology, Atheism and Postmodernism, Atheism and Politics, Atheism and Economics, Atheism and History, Atheism and Biology, Atheism and Psychology, Atheism and Society, Atheism and the Arts.

Paper proposals should include an abstract of 150-300 words outlining the topic related to the theme, method and purpose. The paper should be close to 2500 words. The presentation should last around 25 minutes with approximately 5 minutes for question and answer. PowerPoint, DVD and Internet are available for the presentation.

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday 22nd April 2016. Scholars who want their original unpublished papers for the conference published in our online journal the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith may submit them for adjudication at any time. Fill out the form below to submit an abstract for the conference. (Source)

Official Call for Papers Here

Call for Papers: Early Modern Laws of Nature

A call for papers has been issued by Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion for an upcoming workshop in July:

Workshop: Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine

Call for papers

This one-day workshop will examine the theological debates that influenced the birth and development of the notion of laws of nature from the sixteenth century until the critical Kant. It is widely accepted that the laws of nature were born as a theological justification of the order found in nature by sixteenth and seventeenth centuries natural philosophers and theologians. It is also widely recognised, however, that by the mid-eighteenth century the laws of nature were assumed to guide and explain the workings of the natural world without any reference to the divine. The laws of nature, therefore, moved from being essentially tied in their beginnings to the nature of God, to becoming a secular concept by the midst of the so called scientific revolution. The goal of this event will be to uncover the philosophical and theological concepts at stake both at the birth and later development of the laws of nature, seeking a greater understanding of the transition from being a theological notion to becoming a non-theological notion. (Source)

The workshop is co-organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford (Dr Ignacio Silva), and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (Dr Andrea Sangiacomo). The workshop will host Prof Eric Watkins (University of San Diego) and Prof Sophie Roux (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) as keynote speakers, and offers up-to five slots for shorter presentations. Please send your paper proposal (of not more than 500 words) to ignacio.silva@theology.ox.ac.uk with the subject:

“Workshop: Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine”

not later than: 30 April 2016

Official Page Here

Call for Papers: A Postsecular Age?

A call for papers has been issued by Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion for an upcoming conference in July:

A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, 2016 IRC Conference, Oxford, 27-30 July

The past 20 years have seen the development of the interdisciplinary subfield of ‘secularism studies’ or ‘critical secularism studies.’ Previous theories of secularisation typically presupposed the steady march of human civilisations toward non-religion—in part under the influence of scientific advance. By contrast, these new approaches view secularism and narratives of secularisation as ideological artefacts corresponding to specific times and places and in need of critical framing. Are we then living in what some have called a ‘postsecular’ age? Why have atheism and secularism become so fascinating for scholars—and in popular culture—for the past two decades? Has the secularisation narrative gone away (or changed shape?), putting religion back on the agenda of scholarship, global politics, law-making, and commerce? Are developments in science contributing to these trends? What effect have the New Atheism and new deployments of scientific authority had on secularisation theory? Why do secularisms look different in different times and places? What is the role of globalisation in the emergence and transformation of secularisms? (Source)

Call for papers

Short papers are invited on topics relevant to the conference themes, to be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20-minute paper, 10 minutes discussion). Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 300-word abstract that situates the paper against its scholarly backdrop, and institutional affiliation by email to irc.admin@theology.ox.ac.uk with the subject line:

“A Postsecular Age Conference Abstract”

Closing date for abstract submissions: Friday, 15 April 2016

Notification of acceptance: Friday, 6 May 2016

For questions on paper submissions, please contact donovan.schaefer@theology.ox.ac.uk.

Official Page Here

Call for Papers: Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing

The Christian Journal for Global Health has issued a call for papers on Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing for the 30th annual Christian Connections for International Health conference (June 17-19, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA).

Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing

The public sector is increasingly recognizing the key role of religious health assets in sustaining progress in development.  Community health workers are increasingly recognized as a vital element in health service equity and education.  Christian churches and faith-based organizations are in a unique position to participate in conversations at the local, regional and international level on what constitutes human health and well-being, to mobilize health-promoting assets in the least-reached areas; and to integrate health service as part of the gospel.  In order to retain credibility for this work and message, Christians are called to use contextual language, to measure, evaluate and report outcomes, and to practice faithful presence throughout the world. (Source)

In addition to general submissions, they are calling “for papers from authors seeking to participate in conversations about heath, human flourishing, development, community health evangelism, social justice, and global health access to share their insights, reflections and research” (Source).

Potential topics of interest to CSCA folks might include:

  • A Christian definition of health using global health terminology.
  • Community development in low and middle income countries.
  • Networking and cooperation between faith-based organizations and the public sector.
  • How the gospel relates to physical, emotional and social health in community.
  • Outcomes of interventions for health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Community health evangelism/education and the call for mobilizing community health workers.
  • Effective Christian participation in centers of global health thought.
  • How measurement and evaluation in FBOs enforces donor development and influence.
  • Developing effective health programs in creative-access countries.
  • The value, theology and risk of goal-setting and evaluation.

The deadline for initial submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1 is 31 March, 2016.

Official Announcement Page