Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Yale University
contact email: 

Hosted at Yale University, the Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology reflects a desire to provide a space for students to engage in dynamic, interdisciplinary conversations across curricular boundaries, and strives to connect ethos with ethics, and ethics to applicable practicality. How do beliefs about the environment affect the use of and engagement with the natural world? As an international interdisciplinary conference, we host students researching Environmental Studies, Environmental Humanities, Forestry, Conservation, History, Historiography, Social Sciences, Food Studies, Philosophy, Ethics & Morals, Theology, Religious Studies, Animal Ethics, Law & Policy, and Business & Management, among others. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary work across these topics to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this conference. Our presenters range from undergraduate students to PhD candidates, and even include professionals who are implementing our academic work in the workplace.

 

Call for Papers

GCRE will be hosted in Spring 2018, scheduled for April 19-20, 2018.

GCRE provides graduate and undergraduate students their own collegial space in which to share original research and develop meaningful discourse.
 
The conference reflects a desire to provide a space for graduate students to engage in dynamic, interdisciplinary conversations across curricular boundaries, and strives to connect ethos with ethics, and ethics to applicable practicality. How do beliefs about the environment affect the use of and engagement with the natural world? Students are invited to submit a completed abstract for review by December 31, 2017.

​For 2018, GCRE's theme is WATER.

​In addition to the topics below, we strongly encourage presentations that focus on the ethical relationship human beings have with water. This can include natural disasters, climate change, commercialization and privatization of water, fisheries and aquaponics, invasive species, religious symbology, use of water in sacred texts and/or rituals, drought and desert consideration, landfill and plastic waste, and many more!
 
We welcome papers that explore topics in relation to the following areas:

  • Ecotheology, philosophy, religious studies
  • Ritual, myth, environmental humanities, art, communication
  • Food, fasting, land, water, soil, fire, wind, rebirth
  • Ecofeminism, gender and sexuality, pop culture
  • Politics, business, law
  • Environmental ethics, transnational relations
  • History, Historiography, Social Sciences
  • Childhood education, environmental epistemology and pedagogy
  • Animal studies, animal ethics
  • Conservation, preservation, restoration, urban ecologies
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Morals

We strongly encourage interdisciplinary work across these topics to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this conference.

​We welcome first-time presenters, as well as experienced scholars.

GCRE wants to strongly encourage students to push beyond traditional epistemologies, and inspire presenters to go beyond reading a scripted paper to present one's research. This could range from itinerant speaking with a guided PowerPoint to acting out a philosophical game of jeopardy with ancient scholars (it has been done!). We also encourage poets, filmmakers, and musicians to apply to show the depth of scholarship on our field of religion and ecology.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words in length, and should be submitted in .doc format, 12-point font, Times New Roman, and single-spaced. On the document, please include your name, your email, your school or affiliation, your degree program, 3-5 descriptive keywords, tentative presentation style (can be altered), the title of your work, and your abstract. Name the file “Your Name - Title.doc” and the email subject “GCRE Proposal - Your Name.” Proposals that do not meet the formatting requirements will not be reviewed and will be sent back until corrected. Please email completed abstracts to ferns@yale.edu by December 31st, 2017 at 11:59PM.