International Conference in Bamberg, Germany
24-26 May 2007

 

Key note speakers:

Günter Altner, Berlin , is Prof. em. (Koblenz-Landau University) and holds a Dr.theol., a Dr.rer.nat. and a Dr.rer.nat.h.c. from Lüneburg University.
He is also the co-founder of Institut für angewandte Ökologie in Freiburg.Altner has published a large number of books in between natural science and social ethics. His latest publications are Leben in der Hand des Menschen – Die Brisanz des biotechnischen Fortschritts (1998); Bioethik (with W. Gebhard) (1999); Altner, G.; G. Böhme; H. Ott (eds), Natur erkennen und anerkennen – Über ethikrelevante Wissenszugänge zur Natur (2000); Altner, G.; Michelsen, G., (eds.), Friede den Völkern – Nachhaltigkeit als interkultureller Prozess (2003).
Cancelled due to illness

Ann Buttimer, Dublin is Professor of Geography, University College Dublin since 1991.
Her academic interests cover history and philosophy of science; urban and social geography; migration and identity; nature and culture; environment and sustainable development. She has published Geography and the human spirit, Baltimore (1993); The wake of Erasmus: Saints, scholars, and studia in mediaeval Norden (1989); The Human experience of space and place , edited by Anne Buttimer and David Seamon (1980); Text and image: social construction of regional knowledges, Anne Buttimer, Stanley D. Brunn and Ute Wardenga (1999); Nature and identity in cross-cultural perspective, edited by Anne Buttimer and Luke Wallin (1999). Anne Buttimer has recently published the Afterword: Reflections on Geography, Religion, and Belief Systems in: The Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96 (1), 2006.

 

John Grim, Yale is Coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker, and series editor of " World Religions and Ecology ," from Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: the Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (2001). He has been a Professor of Religion at Bucknell University, and at Sarah Lawrence College where he taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions, World Religions, and Religion and Ecology. His published works include: The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians (1983) and edited a volume with Mary Evelyn Tucker entitled Worldviews and Ecology (1994, 5th printing 2000), and a Daedalus volume (2001) entitled, " Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? " John Grim is currently President of the American Teilhard Association.

 

Tim Ingold, Aberdeen is professor in anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.
Tim Ingold's research on circumpolar reindeer herding and hunting led to a more general concern with human-animal relations and the conceptualisation of the humanity-animality interface, as well as with the comparative anthropology of hunter-gatherer and pastoral societies. Through a reconsideration of tool-making and speech as criteria of human distinctiveness, Ingold became interested in the connection, in human evolution, between language and technology.
In his most recent work, linking the themes of environmental perception and skilled practice, Ingold has attempted to replace traditional models of genetic and cultural transmission founded upon the alliance of neo-Darwinian biology and cognitive science with a relational approach focusing on the growth of embodied skills of perception and action within social and environmental contexts and development. These ideas are presented in his latest book, The perception of Environment (2000).

 

Anne Primavesi is a systematic theologian focussing on ecological issues. After holding a Research Fellowship in Environmental Theology at the University of Bristol she became a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also a Fellow of the Westar Institute, Santa Rosa, California, founded in 1986 to advance religious literacy through the academic study of religion translated into a common idiom.
The context for her theology has been the scientific worldview offered by James Lovelock's Gaia theory. She has explored this systematically in Sacred Gaia: Holistic Theology and Earth System Science, Routledge, (2000), and in Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves and God after Copernicus , Routledge (2003). Her present research interests centre on how best to express our embodied relationships with and within the whole community of life on earth. The inductive experimental method practised in the ecological sciences presupposes a certain level of understanding that does not encompass ‘the whole'. The deductive approach implicit in major religions, however, assumes a ‘whole' that underpins our public, personal and private interrelationships, including those with life forms other than our own.
Her most recent publications include Gaia, in Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, eds. Lindsay Jones et al. Macmillan Reference, New York, 2005; Ecology , in TheBlackwell Companion to theBible and Culture , ed. John Sawyer, pub. Blackwell, 2006; Ecofeminist Theology in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity , ed. Daniel Patte, pub. Cambridge University Press, 2006; The Preoriginal Gift—and Our Response to It, in Ecospirit: Religion, Philosophy and the Earth , eds Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller, Fordham University Press, 2007.

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale is a co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.
With John Grim, she organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard Univ. Press. She is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (2003) and Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (1989). She co-edited Worldviews and Ecology (1994), Buddhism and Ecology (1997), Confucianism and Ecology (1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (2000) and When Worlds Converge (2002). With Tu Weiming she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (2003, 2004). She also co-edited a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001).