Welcome to the conference
The first International Conference on the Evolution of Religion was held in Hawaii in January, 2007. It was a very large and successful conference over many days with many esteemed speakers on a broad range of topics all related to the evolution of religion. In the ensuing 10 years, there have been significant advances in our understanding of religions' evolution and an increase in the science and religion and science and theology dialogs around this topic. One component of this dialog that is getting growing attention in the past few years is how biology, psychology, and culture interact to produce both religion and all related expressions, which is the theme of this conference.
We consider that the time is ripe to connect the dots of the several programs studying religion over the past number of years, giving place to what can now be called the “new scientific study of religion.” It is important to provide a broad picture of their achievements and the registered progress. The theme of this conference, "religious evolution between biology, psychology, and culture," will offer the occasion to conjoin biological, psychological, evolutionary, cognitive, neurological, anthropological, philosophical, and historical strands in that common endeavor to better understand this complex human feature. The transdisciplinary exchange expected at the conference should ensure a better view and an enriching academic experience.
To that end, the Conference will offer the opportunity to those working around this hotly debated field to present their current research and theoretical developments, so as to advance the ongoing discussion. Central to this effort will be the question of cultural evolution and how it interacts with biological evolution, often through psychology, to generate religion and religious expressions.
The Conference organizers plan to publish a selection of the presented papers, after a peer-review process, in the prestigious Springer Nature Publisher, inside the recently opened Series New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion.
The Conference will be held in a beautiful environment, The Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico, USA
On Sunday, November 12th, conference attendees will have the privilege of attending a Native American religious ceremonial "dance" in the nearby, somewhat remote, Jemez Pueblo. Click here to learn more about this traditional ceremony.
For hotel and practical information click here. More information about the conference will be posted to this web site as it becomes available. In the meantime, please contact one of the three co-organizers by email below.
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Jay R. Feierman
Human Ethologist and Psychiatrist (Ret.)
Professor for Theological Anthropology
Antonianum University, Rome
Lecturer in religious
University of Otago
The Center for Mind and Culture (CMAC)
School of Theology, Boston University