ISSRNC Conference: Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes, 13-16 June 2019

This Conference is sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) The ISSRNC welcomes papers, panels, and proposals from all disciplines that address the intersections of religion, nature, and culture. For this conference we especially welcome proposals that focus on religious and cultural responses to and conceptions of climate weirding, especially concerning water and climate change. The anthropogenic destabilization of global climate systems elicits responses from religious actors, but also precipitates religious questions. Of particular interest are places, ecosystems, and environmental processes where climate-induced hydrological changes have religious ramifications: coastal communities, desertification, wetlands, sea level rise, erratic rainfall, melting permafrost and glaciers, intensifying tropical storms, mangroves, fishing and fishermen, etc. By partnering with our hosts at the University College Cork, the ISSRNC seeks to advance conversations about the interconnections between water, climate, religion, and culture.

This conference advances the ISSRNC’s mission to “promote critical, interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationships among human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, and religious beliefs and practices.” At this conference, we hope to develop linkages between scholars of religion and other fields in the environmental humanities and social sciences that explore human ecology in its cultural complexity, critically engaging the patterns of social, economic, and religious organization that precipitate environmental degradation and identify emerging alternatives. We seek papers and pre-arranged panel sessions from all disciplines that focus on the following thematic areas. In addition, we welcome any papers or panels addressing the nexus of religion, nature, and culture.

• The religious, social, philosophical, cultural, and spiritual implications of the impact of climate change on coastlines, wetlands, mangroves, melting permafrost and glaciers, rising sea levels, erratic rainfall, desertification, intensifying tropical storms, fishing, shipping, and water-based forms of tourism and pilgrimage;
• Religious responses to climate change (e.g. theology, advocacy, activism, and adaptation) • Religious and spiritual conceptions of water and activities and beliefs concerning sacred waters, such as rivers, springs and holy wells;
• The impact of climate disruption on the movement of human and other-than-human beings; species migration, climate refugees and migrants;
• The moral and mythic significance of climate related biodiversity loss and extinction;
•Questions concerning ecological aesthetics, environmental ethics, planetary consciousness, and biological ontologies;
• Cultures of resilience, in history, in practice, and in our imaginations;
• The intersection of climate change, economic inequality, and gender justice;
• Water security and environmental justice;
• The consequences of climate change on human rights issues;
• Climate change as it relates to religion and race or to environmental racism;
• The role and impact of public scholarship related to religion and climate change.

Proposal Deadline: 14 December 2018

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