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ISSR Draft Full Conference Programme

Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire

 

Sunday 21st July

Registration

2.30 pm                Hotel reception opens for check into rooms

3.30 pm                Conference registration opens in Eynsham Court

 

Shirburn Suite, Eynsham Court

5.15 pm                Introduction from the President

Followed by Plenary talk by Professor James W Jones

Ritual Knowing: How Ritual Might Create Religion - A Neuropsychological Exploration.

 

6.45 pm                Dinner (Main hall)

 

8.15 pm                Plenery talk by Professor Celia Deane-Drummond

Feeling and Believing: A Theological Engagement with Evolutionary Accounts of Religion

 

 

Monday 22nd July 

c. 8.00 am           Breakfast (main hall)

 

9.15 am                Plenary talk by Professor Robin Dunbar (Shirburn Suite)

                                Religion, Evolution and the Social Brain

 

10.45 am             Break

 

11.15 am             Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

(i)            11.15: Jay Feierman 

Religion-Specific Beliefs as Double Edged Swords 

 

11.55: Armin W. Geertz

The interplay of social, biological and cognitive factors in the evolution of religion

 

(ii)           11.15: Neil Spurway

Evolution, Epistemology, Theology

 

11.55: Lari Launonen

Theology and the Evolution of Religion: What We May Learn From Philip Hefner and J. Wentzel Van Huyssteen

 

12.45 pm             Lunch (Main Hall)

 

2.00 pm                Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

(i)            2.00: Joseph Watts

Cultural complexity but not existential threat is associated with hunter-gatherer religious specialists

 

2.40: William Struthers

The Return of Pharmaco-spirituality: From the 1960s to the 2020s

 

(ii)           2.00: Christopher Bennett

Rebuilding the Milvian Bridge: A Defence of Evolutionary Debunking Arguments against Religion

               

                                2.40: Hans Van Eyghen

                                Biased for evil?

 

3.20 pm                Break

 

3.50 pm                Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

 

(i)            Christopher Knight

The Evolution of Religiosity and Strong Theistic Naturalism

 

(ii)           Gabriel Medeiros

Cognitive Science of Religion in Brazil: a review about studies and how it has been used

 

4.30 pm                Plenary talk by Professor Simon Dein Shirburn Suite)

                                Transcendence, Evolution and Religion

 

6.45 pm                Dinner (Main Hall)

 

8.30 pm                AGM (Parker Suite)

 

Tuesday 23rd July

c. 8.00 am           Breakfast (main hall)

                                                 

9.15 m                   Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

 

(i)                  9.15: Lluis Oviedo

The evolutionary study of religion and its relevance for theology

 

                                9.55: Paul Rezkalla

Is it really the evolution of religion?

 

(ii)           9.15: Alastair Lockhart

                              Social Brain and Cognitive Science of Religion in the Study of New Religious Movements

 

9.55: Oliver Davies *

Evolutionary Perspectives on Contemporary Religion in China and the West

 

10.35 am             Break

 

11.05 am             Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

 

(i)                  11.05: Léon Turner

Recontextualising the Individual in the Evolutionary Study of Religion

 

                                11.45: Fraser Watts

The Evolution of Religious Cognition

 

(ii)                11.05: James Van Slyke

Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Religion

11.45: Konrad Szocik 

Why sexual selection theory explains religion better than adaptive and cognitive account do 

 

12.45 am             Lunch

 

                                Free time, either at Eynsham Hall, or in informal groups to Blenheim

 

5.00 pm: Parallel Sessions (Shirburn Suite & Parker Suite)

(i)            Sarah J Charles and Miguel Farias 

Religion and the Social Brain: A Cross-Cultural Field Study

 

(iii)               Ziba Norman

                               Homo Religiosus: Towards a Positive Mimetic

 

5.40 pm                Plenary talk by Dr Emmanuelle Honore (Shirburn Suite)

Prehistoric religions and social bonding under the light of recent discoveries in the Egyptian Sahara

 

7.15 pm                Dinner

 

Wednesday 24th July

c. 8.00 am           Breakfast (main hall)

 

9.15 am                Plenary talk by Professor Richard Sosis (Shirburn Suite)

                                A Systemic Approach to the Evolutionary Study of Religion

 

10.30 am             Break

 

10.45                     Concluding Panel Discussion (Shirburn Suite)

 

1.00 pm                Lunch and finish