International Conference in Bamberg, Germany
24-26 May 2007

WELCOME to the 1st International Conference of The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment "Nature, Space and the Sacred - Transdisciplinary perspectives" in Bamberg, Germany, 24-26 May, 2007

The invitation adresses scholars from all faculties interested in and active in the study of religion and the environment in and outside of Europe. It represents at the same time the inaugural conference of the European Forum.
The mission of The European Forum offers at the same time the intention to invite scholars to a first International Conference:
It promotes scholarly and critical inquiry into the relationships between human beings and their diverse cultures, environments and religious beliefs and practices. There is a growing interest in the relationships between environmentally sustainable ways of living and established religious traditions, emerging trans-cultural and trans-local religious practices, and environmental spiritualities. The Forum´s goal is to foster interdisciplinary dialogues on human-environmental relationships and religion/nature/culture interactions. Such dialogues engage ethical concerns as well as beliefs and values in secular ways of life. The Forum provides a "home" and an "open space" to scholars in Europe interested in the interactions between religion and environmental matters in different historical, political, cultural, and geographical contexts. This Forum is, however, neither limited to only European fields and topics nor only to scholars in Europe. It understands itself as a body which encourages and resources scholars and networks in Europe and on other continents in order to encourage and support trans-national research communities for the study of religion, nature, culture and the environment. Therefore, scholars from all faculties, and from both Europe and other regions, are welcome.
A main reason for the formulation of the Conference´s theme is found in the potential and need to map out a new agenda for the study of the spatial dimension of interactions between religion, nature and culture. In spite of many constructive developments, the distinctions between bodies, environment, place and space, and the integration of the four still falls short of a satisfying exploration. In an ecological key, the challenge is to reflect the embodied human and his/her being-in-between-environment-and-space as an indissoluble process. Different concepts of space and place need to be investigated in order to inspire transdisciplinary perspectives on space, place, and environments in diverse disciplines such as Religious Studies, Theology, Ethics, Environmental Science, Geography, Anthropology, Architecture and Urban Planning.
Welcome to Bamberg in May!

Heinrich Bedford- Strohm, Bamberg,
Sigurd Bergmann, Trondheim,
Maria Jansdotter, Karlstad,
Peter Scott, Manchester