Call for Paper Proposals

The third annual Student  Symposium  on Science and Spirituality will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.   The Student Symposium  is a one-day conference designed to provide an interdisciplinary, ecumenical,  and inter-religious forum for graduate, professional, and ministry students and postgraduates to engage in collaborative conversations  in religion and science. This year, the symposium  will focus on these urgent questions:

  • What is our human  future?
  • How will our human future be shaped by ecological, sociological, and technological  change?
  • How will the future reshape our understandings of humanity,  of the cosmos, and of the sacred?

Graduate and professional students from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the applied sciences, and the humanities, as well as seminary and divinity school students, are invited to submit paper proposals that address the thematic questions above and contribute to the broader religion and science dialogue.  For this year’s symposium, we are especially interested in papers addressing scientific, philosophical, and theological insights on the future of human personhood and human community as embodied and embedded in our changing technological and ecological environments.   Fields of study particularly relevant to the discussion include genetics, evolutionary biology, and biomedical sciences; neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence; psychology, anthropology,  and sociology; ecology, earth sciences, and environmental sciences; and theology, philosophy, and religious studies.   Given that thinking about the future is inherently speculative, we welcome historical as well as constructive and critical approaches.

Cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the top three student papers as judged by a faculty committee.   Symposium proceedings will be available at the Zygon Center’s website, and winning papers will be published and disseminated to leaders in the religion and science community.


  • Paper proposals due January 16, 2011:  Proposals   should  be no more than 500 words (two pages, double-spaced).  Proposals must include a title, a statement of the problem or research question, a clear thesis, keywords, and a broad summary of the argument. You may include a preliminary bibliography.
  • Full papers invited by February 1, 2011:  A faculty committee  will review proposals  and select those to be invited as full papers. All authors will be notified of the review results.
  • Final papers due by March 1, 2011:    Invited    papers should  be  no  more  than  3,000 words
    (approximately 12 pages, double-spaced); papers exceeding this limit will not be accepted.


Please send paper proposals, final papers, and any other correspondence to:
For more information on the Student Symposium, please visit To learn more about the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and the Religion and Science Student Society, please visit