Call for Papers: Living on the Edge (the Fourth International Conference of the ISSRNC)

Living on the Edge’
the Fourth International Conference of the ISSRNC 
at the University of Western Australia (UWA-Perth) 
16-19 December 2010

Papers proposals accepted until 16 September

Online Registration is open for 4th ISSRNC conference in Australia!!

The discounted early registration fee is available until 15 September 2010: AUD $300 for members and AUD $450 for non-members (AUD $150 for student members and AUD$ 250 for non-member students).

Please note that all presenters must be members of the ISSRNC.

To register, go to the website for online registration.

Payments may be made using Visa or Mastercard only. You can also register for the dinner on Saturday evening in the centre of Fremantle or at the wineries of the Swan Valley (venue to be determined). Registration includes afternoon reception at Kings Park (including Aussie BBQ, Australian wines and cheeses), program book, conference bag, two lunches (Friday and Saturday), and morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks. Vegetarian options will be available at all meal times. Any other dietary specifications may be communicated directly to the Conference Organiser at

Keynote Speakers Confirmed
Dr. Richard Walley, Noongar Elder of the Songman Circle of Wisdom – Welcome to Country
Professor Clive Hamilton, Australian National University - The Metaphysical Implications of Geoengineering
Professor David Tacey, La Trobe University, Melbourne – Edging Towards the Sacred
Professor Freya Mathews, La Trobe University, Melbourne - Over the Edge: Extinctions and the Limit of Ethics
Professor Mary Stange, Skidmore College – Hunting the Edges: The Intersection between “Hunter-Conservationism” and “Green Environmentalism”
Conference Information and Call for Papers
Conference Call for Papers as PDF

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, in association with La Trobe University, Melbourne, is organising its 4th International Conference, which will be held between 16 and 19 December 2010, at the University of Western Australia (UWA-Perth). Perth, located on the edge of land and sea, is a perfect site at which to discuss the notion of ‘Living on the Edge’. We invite proposals from scholars exploring the intersection and edges of religion, nature and culture from a wide range of critical perspectives and from all disciplines.

Questions arising point to the edge as a place of transition and transformation, a launching place for change and action to counter ecological degradation and regenerate communities and ecosystems.

The conference asks how human and nature ecologies are affected by the environmental crisis. It covers the variety of challenges and approaches to change – scientific, social, psychological, spiritual and cultural – that emerge through living on the edge.

Through a multi-disciplinary framework of religion, nature and culture, the conference explores the relationships between people and nature, social and ecological systems, local and global economies, art and ecology, science and religion, and cultural diversity and biodiversity.

Edge spaces, like ecotones, are places of rich fecundity. Using the metaphor of the meeting of two ecosystems, the edge represents the meeting place between disciplines where different modes of knowing and working are shared. It interweaves personal stories of environmental, social and spiritual change with theoretical discussion from a range of disciplines in dynamic interchange. It transcends the boundaries to move to new possibilities of mutual understanding, research and action.

The following questions serve as guidelines for exploring the themes of ‘living on the edge’. There are more, of course, and we would welcome hearing about them.

1. How is living on the edge defined in a local, regional or global context?
2. What features and qualities are reflected in an environmental, social, psychological, economic and spiritual sense?
3. Are we living on the edge of extinction? What are the tipping points?
4. How do local histories and cultures distinguish living on the edge?
5. Can the ‘edge’ be integrated with the ‘centre’? And what are the implications?
6. How do the natural sciences deal with edge issues? Do the social sciences hinder or help? Is there a meeting point?
7. How do individuals and communities cope with the awareness of ecological deterioration? Is there a relationship between social, psychological and ecological resilience?
8. Predictions of rising rates of environmentally displaced or affected people in the coming decades raise some important psycho-spiritual themes. What sorts of social and psychological distresses are anticipated? How does secularism or religiosity contribute to or alleviate these experiences?
9. How are Indigenous cultures affected and how are they effecting change?

Other important issues concerning the ‘edge’ may include: the rural-urban interface; the sea-land interchange; the problem of water resources; the nexus between peace and warfare; dichotomy tame-wild, male-female, East-West.

It is also likely that a special issue (or two) of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture may be published on the theme and associated ideas, drawn from excellent and original scholarly papers arising out of this conference.

Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, posters should be submitted directly to the conference email address. It is not necessary to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal.

Proposals should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and email of the presenter(s), session and/or presentation title, a 250-300 word abstract of the session and/or presentation, and a brief, 150 word biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation, if any). Session proposals must include a title and abstract for the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Panels and roundtables should include a title and abstract and a 150 word biograpphy that includes information that will help the scientific committee evaluate the strength of each panelist for the theme of the session. Proposers are encouraged to be creative, including with regard to formats. They should also provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions, and whether any technology, such as image projectors, are desired. Most paper presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed on discussion in all sessions.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is 15 September 2010. Notification as to whether proposals have been accepted will be no later than 1 October 2010 and delivered to the email address provided in the proposal attachment.

All presenters at the ISSRNC conference must become members by 30 September 2010. Soon after this date the program will be finalized and made available here.
The Scientific Committee for the review of the program has been established. The ISSRNC gratefully acknowledges the service of the following scholars on it:

Dr. Dora Marinova
Professor of Sustainability, Curtain University, Western Australia
Dr. Greg Bailey 
Associate Professor & Reader in Sanskrit Studies, La Trobe University, Australia
Dr. Aidan Davison
School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania
Dr. Takeshi Kimura
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Freddy Manongi (TBC,)
Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology of Religions, University of Bangor, Wales, the United Kingdom
Deputy Principal Academic, Research and Consultancy, College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Tanzania
Fachruddin Majeri Mangunjaya (Msi)
Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Biology, Universitas Nasional, Jakarta INDONESIA
Dr. Makarand Paranjape
Professor of English, School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dr. Sarah Pike
Professor, Department of Religious Studies, California State University
Dr. Adam Possamai
Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Dr. Sylvie Shaw
The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Universityof Queensland, Australia
Dr. Laura Stocker
Associate Professor, Curtin University, Western Australia
Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad
University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Call for Papers SPT 2011: Technology and Security (17th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology)

Call for Papers

SPT 2011: Technology and Security

17th International Conference of  the Society for Philosophy and Technology

May 26-29, 2011

University of North Texas
Denton, TX, USA

Deadline for abstracts: November 1, 2010

SPT 2011 welcomes high quality papers and panel proposals in all areas of philosophy of technology. Given the focus of this year’s conference, papers and panels dealing with technology and security are especially welcomed. We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophers, engineers, natural scientists, historians, social scientists, and those involved in public or private policymaking. SPT 2011 tracks:

Security technology 1: Information, surveillance, and cyber security
Security technology 2: Environmental and agricultural security
Security technology 3: Terrorism, warfare, and emerging military technologies
Development and globalization
Technology, justice, and the good life
Sustainable technologies, energy, and built environments
Philosophy of engineering and design
Ethics and Technology
Philosophy/history of technology
Technology, gender, and culture
Biomedical technology, health, and enhancement
Religion and technology
Media and communication technology
Emerging and converging science and technology
Technologies of self and consciousness: drugs, exercise, meditation
Reflective engineering
Papers will be accepted on the basis of a submitted abstract, which will be refereed. An abstract must be between 500 and 750 words in length (references excluded) and submitted via email ( as embedded plain text or an attachment in RTF, WORD, or PDF format. It should also contain the name and number of the track to which the abstract is submitted. If an abstract does not seem to fit with any track, simply note that with the submission. All submissions are welcome, and authors should not feel constrained by the tracks. Abstracts must be submitted no later than November 1, 2010. Authors will be informed of the decision of the referees by January 1, 2011.

Paper presentations will be 30 minutes, divided into 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Panel Proposals. We will also accept proposals for panel discussions, to be submitted to by November 1, 2010. Panel proposals must be between 500 and 1,000 words in length, include a statement of the general topic, and an overview of the specific questions or issues to be addressed. In addition, the proposal should include a list of the panelists involved, their expertise in this area, and whether they have indicated that they are willing to participate.

Keynote speakers: TBD

Plenary sessions: TBD

SPT presidential address: Philip Brey, University of Twente, title TBD

Co-Directors: Adam Briggle and David Kaplan, University of North Texas

Keep checking the conference website at for further updates and information about the conference.

Conference email address:

Creation, Nature and the Built Environment (Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture)


“Creation, Nature and the Built Environment”

The Conference begins with a Keynote Lecture
Elizabeth Aitken-Rose, Douglas Pratt and Jennifer Dixon

“Community and Incarceration: The Architecture of Alienation and the Politics of Redemption”

7.30 pm on Friday 1st October 2010 
Venue:  Ryan Auditorium

Conference Sessions: 9am – 6pm

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October

Catholic Institute of Sydney 
99 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135

Catholic Institute of Sydney is 10 minutes walk or a short taxi ride from Strathfield Station.  Albert Road begins on the southern side of the station and runs west.

 Convenors: Stephen Buckle (ACU), William Emilsen (UTC/CSU), Peter Forrest (UNE), John McDowell (Newcastle), Andrew Murray (Catholic Institute of Sydney/ SCD), Shane Mackinlay (CTC/MCD)

 Registration fee: $100 ($60 students) includes morning/afternoon teas and lunch and an informal reception after the    public lecture on Friday night. A conference dinner will be held on the Saturday night. (Booking and payment of $50  required by September 17.)  All prices include GST.

For further details, contact Andrew Murray at Catholic Institute of Sydney, 99 Albert Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135, Australia. 
Ph:  +612  9752 9514;    Email:   





September 4 2010

The Forum announces a one-day workshop on September 4, 2010. This will be an opportunity to review the current state of the science-religion debate, and also to inform the construction of the third edition of:
God, Humanity and the Cosmos: a textbook in science and religion
A chance then both to explore where we have got to in our explorations, and to help the contributors to the textbook to make the new edition of God, Humanity and the Cosmos the best resource it can be.
The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, 10am-4pm. £35 for the day including coffee, lunch and tea.
Enquiries to:
Dr Louise Hickman,

The Queen’s Foundation, Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 10.30 am -4.30 pm

*      A chance to review the status of the debate
*      to discuss together the most exciting aspects of its future, and
*      to inform the new edition of God, Humanity and the Cosmos ed. Christopher Southgate (T&T Clark, 1999, 2005)

Meet the authors and make your views known.

Forum members £35 including refreshments and lunch.
Non-members £50. Cheques should be made out to ‘Science and Religion Forum’.

Enquiries and Registration: Please contact Dr Louise Hickman on or through Newman University College, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3NT.

Closing Date: Friday August 20 2010.

The Authors of God, Humanity and the Cosmos:

John Hedley Brooke                                        Celia Deane-Drummond
Paul D. Murray                                               Michael Robert Negus
Lawrence Osborn                                            Michael Poole
Andrew Robinson                                            Christopher Southgate
Jacqui Stewart                                                Fraser Watts                                      
David Wilkinson

Programme for 4th September

1030 Arrive, registration and coffee
1100 Introduction - the genesis of 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos', its essentially collaborative nature, key growth areas in the science and religion debate in the last ten years
1130 First set of workshops (the core conversations – history, philosophy, physics, biology, psychology)
1300 Lunch
1345 The future of the debate - if we had to guess, how would we see it shifting in the next twenty years?
1410 Second set of workshops (applications – inter-faith dialogue, technology, biotechnology, climate change)
1530 Final plenary
1600 Tea and depart 

Getting to Queen’s: Coming by rail
Arrive at Birmingham New Street, and look for trains stopping at University. This is two stops on the local line toward Longbridge. Trains are normally every 15 minutes. From University it is a 10 minute walk to Queen’s.To get from University exit the station and turn right. At the roundabout, turn right again down Vincent Drive. Go across the next mini roundabout on to Farquhar Road, and at the next T junction turn left into Somerset Road. After 50 yards, the main entrance to Queen’s is on your left. Follow the signs to Reception.

Coming by car:
The Queen’s Foundation is next to the Nuffield Hospital which is quite well signposted once you get close to Edgbaston. Parking at Queen’s is limited, but spaces are usually available in adjacent streets. The address is Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2QH.

Coming by bus:

From the City centre next to St Philip's Cathedral the No 21 bus takes you to the corner of Pritchards Road and Farquhar Road, next to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Walk 100 yards down Farquhar Road, turn left at the crossroads into Somerset Road, and the entrance to the Queen's Foundation is immediately on your left.

Queen’s Foundation Website:

Undangan Seminar


Oleh Hardiansyah Suteja

The land doesn't belong to any individual:
it belongs to the dead, the living, and those not yet born.
You have the land only for a short time,
to use it and to leave it. The land belongs to all of us.
--Ole Simel, Maasai

Terhadap badan/aliran kebatinan, Pemerintah berusaha menyalurkannya ke arah
pandangan yang sehat dan kearah ke-Tuhan-an Yang Maha Esa. Hal ini sesuai
dengan ketetapan M.P.R.S. No. II/MPRS/1960, lampiran A. Bidang I, angka 6.
(Penjelasan Perpres UU No. I/PNPS/1965)

Undangan Diskusi

Kepada Yth:

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Salam sejahtera kami sampaikan, semoga bapak/ibu senantiasa dalam lindungan Tuhan YME dan sukses menjalankan aktivitas sehari-hari.

Selasa, 27 Juli lalu, diskusi serial bertajuk “Humanisme Religius & Etika Global: Transformasi Pemikiran Prof. Hans Kung untuk Keberagamaan Indonesia” bersama Maria Hartiningsih berjalan lancar dan sukses. Untuk mengkaji lebih mendalam pemikiran Prof. Hans Kung, kami bermaksud mengadakan diskusi lanjutannya.