International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society newsletter

Launching the new International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society website! 

Our new and exciting website is now live, please read below about all of the exciting developments we’re launching over the coming months.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of great scholarly work, which seeks to better understand and empirically explore people’s lived experience of science and religion in society. From in-depth historical studies that aim to add nuance to our understanding of the past relationships between science and religion, such as Prof. Peter Harrison’s The Territories of Science and Religion, to sociological studies, such as Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science, edited by Stephen Jones, Rebecca Catto and Tom Kaden. While this work, much of it carried out by members of INSBS, has been the impetus for the foundation and growth of our network to date, there are still myriad exciting ways, areas, and lines of enquiry yet to be explored by scholars interested in how the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) and religion, non-religion and belief have, and continue to, intersect across societies and popular culture. Read more...

Annual conference

This year's conference, STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts: Publics, Praxis, Policy and Pluralism will take place in partnership with Stellenbosch University, South Africa between 1 – 3 July, 2020. 

Please note that the network team are closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and will be following the guidance of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Birmingham. We will be keeping all conference participants informed of any developments, and would like to reassure our network members that we are taking the potential threat posed by the virus seriously.

Early Career Researcher Workshop

We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in the STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop, which will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 June 2020. 
Deadline for applications is 1 March 2020.

Join the Network Steering Committee

As the network grows we will be forming a Network Steering Committee to assist with and guide the day to day running of INSBS. Roles will include a postgraduate rep, an early career researcher rep, regional and disciplinary academic reps, a social media/public engagement rep, and a website rep. We will circulate further information to all members in due course, but if in the meantime you would like to express an interest in taking on a role, or learn more, please contact our Project Officer, Paula Brikci (P.E.Brikci@bham.ac.uk

ISSR Book Prize

The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) has announced an annual book prize for best publications in the field of science and religion, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The deadline is 11 March 2020.