REGISTRATION OPEN: STEMM & Belief in Diverse Contexts, Online Conference

7-9 July 2021

Registration is now open for the annual conference of the International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society which this year will be wholly online from 7-9 July 2021 on the theme of “STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts: Publics, Praxis, Policy and Pluralism”.

Register at the following link to attend this conference:

https://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-arts-law/school-of-philosophy-theology-religion/stemm-and-belief-in-diverse-contexts-conference-2021

This conference is free to registered delegates

In the last decade, there has been significant growth in social scientific and humanities research focusing on science, religion and belief in society. Greater attention is being paid to the varied ways in which perceptions of different aspects of STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics) have been, or are, influenced by religious and non-religious belief, identity, community and conflict in different geographical, cultural and historical contexts.

The conference will feature:

  • Plenary panels such as Intersectional Approaches to Diversity in STEMM and Science, Belief and Society in the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • A wide range of papers on science and belief in society by leading academics from over 26 countries
  • Professional development sessions

A draft programme can be found at the following link:

INSBS-Program-2021-Updated-24-May-Working-Copy

This conference will bring together international researchers with backgrounds in sociology, science and technology studies, psychology, political science, history, social anthropology, and related humanities or social science disciplines, to discuss perspectives on the overarching topic of science and belief in society. Due to constraints imposed by COVID 19, this conference will be entirely online. Sessions are being held throughout the day in order to enable people from different time zones to participate.

In the last decade, there has been significant growth in social scientific and humanities research focusing on science, religion and belief in society. Greater attention is being paid to the varied ways in which perceptions of different aspects of STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics) have been, or are, influenced by religious and non-religious belief, identity, community and conflict in different geographical, cultural and historical contexts.

As this field of research has grown it has engaged in myth busting popular perceptions and stereotypes about the relationship between science and religion, which treat both science and religious/spiritual populations as monolithic. To date, much of this foundational research has focused on North American contexts or debates. This conference seeks to build on this essential work and address future avenues for research within the social scientific and historical study of science, religion and belief in society to examine the practical implications and applications of research in this field. Expanding the geographical focus, the conference will encompass a range of issues at global, or local levels around four interlinked areas:

  • PUBLICS: Diverse (non)religious publics’ engagement with, and perceptions of, STEMM
  • PRAXIS: Issues relating to religion and (non)belief in scientific research or STEMM communication practices
  • POLICY: Public policy analysis, exploring concerns with the development of, or implementation of, policy connected to STEMM, and religion or belief in society
  • PLURALISM: Research on STEMM in pluralistic or religiously diverse societies

For an online version of this announcement that can be shared among your networks and on social media see: https://scienceandbeliefinsociety.org/2021/05/24/open-for-registration-insbs-conference/

Kind Regards,

Dr Alexander Hall