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CFP: Art Approaching Science and Religion, Turku 11-13 May 2016


Art Approaching Science and Religion
11-13 May 2016 at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

Symposium website:

The symposium aims at bringing together the fields of art, science and
religion. How can science and religion be explored from the perspective
of the arts? Themes to be discussed will unwind from and be elaborated
on contemporary notions of beauty, ornament, and public art. The public
and aesthetic space offer not only timeless objects of appreciation,
aesthetic value and use, but also habits and rituals. The aim is to
bring out different images of how aesthetics, as a historical and
contemporary tradition, is formed together with strands of artist
research, art criticism, art history as well as the humanities,
philosophy, and religious studies.

Keynote Speakers (12 May 2016):
Kent C. Bloomer, Chief Designer, Professor, Yale School of Architecture, USA
Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology, University of
Gloucestershire, UK
Serafim Seppälä, Professor of Systematic Theology and Patristics,
University of Eastern Finland
Mark C. Taylor, Professor of Religion, Columbia University, USA

Call for Papers for the Roundtable seminar on 13 May 2016 is now open:

Proposals are welcome on the interconnectedness of art, science and
religion, including (but not restricted to) the following themes:

  • Truth claims in philosophy, art, science, and religion.
  • Art criticism, art history, and artist research.
  • Commerce and communication.
  • Technology and tradition.
  • Artefacts in science and religion.
  • Power and politics of beauty.

*Deadline: 15 November 2015***

Arranged by:
AmosLAB/Amos Anderson Laboratory for Artful Making:
The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History: <>