Science, faith, and superstition

June 27, 2024 - June 29, 2024
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

The University Library Svetozar Marković
Belgrade 11000


  • Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford; New Horizons for Science and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe initiative; John Templeton Foundation

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Science, faith, and superstition

International Conference: June 27–29, 2024

Venue: The University Library Svetozar Marković, Belgrade, Serbia

The aim of this conference is to contribute to and develop historical challenges to the prevalent understanding of science and religion wherein religion, at best, holds an insignificant place in our worldview or, at worst, is identified with superstition. The conference focuses, but is not confined to, on two historical periods: the period of late Antiquity and the period of the Renaissance through the 17th century. Both are important because of the major shifts in the understanding of the ways the natural, human, and divine intersect. The central question is how philosophers, doctors, alchemists (proto chemists), and the Church fathers in the early days of Christianity and early days of Modernity understood the purpose of the study of nature, the nature of faith, and the meaning of superstition

Keynote Speakers:

•Steve Fuller (University of Warwick, UK)

•The Rt Rev Maxim Vasiljević (Bishop of Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America)

•Elia Marinova (Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Department of Classical Philology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)

•Bianca Schroeder (Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

•Marcela Andokova (Department of Classical and Semitic Philology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia)

•David Lloyd Dusenbury (Danube Institute, Budapest)

•Gerasimos Merianos (Institute of Historical Research, Section of Byzantine Research, of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens)

•David Ellis (Leeds Trinity University)

Submissions: Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words should be sent to [email protected] by May 15th, 2024. The potential speakers will be notified by June 1st, 2024.

Priority will be given to early career researchers currently enrolled into PhD program or obtained a PhD less than seven years ago.

No attendance or registration fees will be required to attend the conference.

The Science, Faith, and Superstition conference is supported by John Templeton Foundation and the Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford

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