CFP: Chance or providence? Religious perspectives on divine action

Submission deadline: July 19, 2013

Conference date(s):
September 5, 2013 - September 7, 2013

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Conference Venue:

University of Chester
Chester, United Kingdom

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Science and Religion Forum

Registered Charity 1034657

President: Professor John Hedley Brooke

Chairman: Rev Canon Dr Michael Fuller

This year’s Conference will take place at the University of Chester from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 September 2013.  The Conference is open to members and non-members of the Science and Religion Forum.

The plenary speakers at the Conference will be:

Professor Philip Clayton (Gowland Lecture) Ingraham Professor and Dean of Claremont Schoolof Theology and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University, US

Dr Mark Harris  School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Professor Daniel Langton  Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations, University ofManchester

Bethany Sollereder Department of Theology, College of Humanities, University of Exeter

Professor Rabie E Abdel-Halim   Professorial Fellow, Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, Manchester

Dr Christopher Knight  Executive Secretary, The International Society for Science and Religion,Cambridge

Bookings and Registration

The Conference fees are as follows:

SRF members and spouses        £250

Non-members                        £280

Students                               £120

The fee covers registration, accommodation, meals and coffee/tea breaks, and conference documents. 

For those wishing to attend as non-residents the fee (with dinner) is £150 for members and £180 for non-members

Please complete a conference registration form and e-mail or post it to the Membership Secretary

Mrs Hilary Martin


Brockenhurst Road




or e-mail:

The closing date for conference applications is 31 July 2013.

Payment must be included with the Conference registration form or payment may be made by credit card through PayPal (please see the Forum’s website for details of how to make a payment through PayPal).

A small number of bursaries are available to assist with the cost of Conference attendance (see below for application details). 

Registration will begin at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday 5 September, and the Conference will begin at4.30 p.m. with a short introductory session followed by the first plenary session. There will be a service of worship on the Friday morning, to which all participants are welcomed. The Conference dinner will be held on the Friday evening. The Conference will end with lunch on Saturday 7 September.

Call for Short papers

The conference will include a Short Paper session for which all attendees are encouraged to submit proposals.  Short papers must be related to the main conference theme.

Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes presentation time, to be followed by 10 minutes discussion.  Proposals, in the form of a title and a 200 word summary, should be sent byFriday 28 June 2013 to Dr Andrew Robinson at  .

Submissions will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please re-submit your proposal. Acceptance of short papers will be according to criteria of quality, originality, relevance to the conference theme, and plausibility of presentation within 15 minutes. Submissions from students are particularly encouraged. Those whose proposals are accepted will be informed by Friday 19 July 2013.


The Forum is offering a limited number of bursaries, each worth £60, to members of at least six month’s standing who have no financial assistance from employers or sponsors. Students in full-time education may also apply for a bursary even if they are not yet members of the Forum.

Bursary applications, preferably by e-mail, should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Hilary Martin (address above).

The closing date for Bursary applications is 10 July 2013.

Peacocke Student Essay Prize

In memory of its founding President and former Chairman, the Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, the Science and Religion Forum offers a prize for an essay directly relevant to the theme of its annual conference.

The prize is open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students in full or part-time education. The prize will consist of a cash award of £100, free membership of the Forum for one year, and the UK travel and accommodation costs (or equivalent of) of the winner’s participation in the Forum’s 2013 conference.  Subject to the decision of the panel, the winning essay will be published in the Forum’s journal (Reviews in Science and Religion) and the winner will have the opportunity to present the paper at the annual conference.

The essay should not exceed 5000 words in length, including footnotes but excluding references.  It should be preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words, and should be submitted as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format, no later than 31 July 2013 to Dr Louise Hickman: Dr Hickman will answer any questions about the prize. All submissions will be acknowledged within 1 week of receipt.

The essay should be the original work of the applicant – unacknowledged quotation from the work of others will automatically disqualify the entry.  Copyright in the essay will remain with the author. Each submission should be accompanied by a statement from the author’s Supervisor or Head of Department, confirming the author’s student status and indicating awareness that the essay has been submitted. The adjudicators reserve the right not to award the Prize if no entry of sufficient standard is received.  Their decision will be final, and no correspondence about it will be entered into.

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