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SRF Annual Conference 2023 - Cambridge


Topic: Humans and Other Animals: Multifaith Responses to the Significance and Symbolism of Animals in Science and Religion Dialogue


​The animal and religions dialogue has been growing over the last 25 years, the aim of this conference is to bring this broadening area of scholarship to dialogue with the science-religion arena through two broad strands:

Strand 1: Perhaps viewed as the most prevalent interaction of science, religion and human-animal interactions, this strand focuses on ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES RAISED BY ANTHROPOCENTRIC VIEWS of the relationship. This includes but is not limited to matters of ecology, stewardship, and animal ethics (broadly construed and may relate to matters of urbanisation and conservation as well as animal-human relations).

Strand 2: The second strand recognises the BROADER IMPLICATIONS OF SCIENTIFIC AND INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO NON-HUMAN ANIMALS on wider areas of theological enquiry. This strand examines the new perspectives that can be bought to the science-religion conversation through critical engagement with “the animal” adding further depth, theory, or methodology to our theological discussion. This includes bestiaries, mythology, and fables, the relationship(s) between humans and animals, Incarnation and embodiment, Ritual / proto-religious behaviour in animals and textual and ritual meanings of animal bodies.

Strand 3: OPEN CALL - papers relating to any area of SCIENCE AND RELIGION dialogue - (preference given to those addressing matters related to creation, identity, and biological sciences).

Keynote Speakers and Titles:

31st August 2023


1st September 2023

  • Dr Margaret B. Adam: Should Commodities Flourish? Farmed Animals, Christian Ethics, and Veterinary Behavioural Science

  • ​Dr Alexander Hall: Explorations of the non-human in global histories of evolution and religion

  • Dr Peter Altmann: Learning from the Crows: Worship and Wisdom with the Birds in the Hebrew Bible

  • Conference Dinner with Speaker: Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson, Canon Precentor York Minster


Saturday 2nd September

SRF Annual General Meeting

The SRF Annual General Meeting for SRF Members will take place as part of this conference. Saturday 2nd September 13:45 - 14:45 (All paid members, irrespective of conference registration will be sent a link to join the meeting).

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