CFP – Greening The Gods: Ecology And Theology In The Ancient World

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013
Conference: March 18-19, 2014

religious-ceremony-in-ancient-greeceA seismic shift in thinking about the environment from the 1960s onwards can blind us to the fact that inhabitants of the ancient world (c. 800 BCE – 400 CE) were also acutely aware that they existed as part of an ecological system.  Yet for these thinkers it was not rapidly melting icecaps which made examining their relationship with the environment so urgent, but the theological questions it raised.  This conference will embrace pagan, Jewish and Christian thinking about the intersection of theology and ecology, whether expressed in sources we might now label philosophy, scripture, natural history, science, liturgy or folklore.  How did these thinkers understand their natural environment to stand in relation to the divine?  And how did this understanding condition human interaction with the natural world?  By bringing together biblical scholars, classicists, philosophers and theologians the first aim of this conference is to paint a cohesive and multi-disciplinary picture of the theological sophistication of ancient thinking about nature.

At the same time, the conference will not lose sight of our current ecological crisis. What impact, if any, should ancient thinking about the environment have on our own ecological thinking? While individual advances have been made in theorising how ancient thinking might inform modern responses to ecological issues, there is still vital need for cross-disciplinary discussion of the impact of such thinking on relatively new disciplines such as environmental philosophy and eco-theology, and on contemporary calls to environmental action. As such this conference aims, in a mutually reinforcing process, to shape both our knowledge of the ancient world and the work of those who are writing the theology, philosophy and ethics of the twenty-first century.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and will be held in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Plenary speakers include:

  • cambridge-universityRobin Attfield (Cardiff)
  • Melissa Lane (Princeton)
  • Hilary Marlow (Cambridge)
  • Richard Seaford (Exeter)
  • David Sedley (Cambridge)
  • Helen Van Noorden (Cambridge)
  • Emmanuela Bakola (KCL)
  • Edward Adams (KCL)

Submission Instructions

The conference organisers, Ailsa Hunt and Hilary Marlow, invite short papers examining any aspect of how ecology and theology intersect in the ancient world, and how such  interplay impacts contemporary thinking about the environment.  Papers may include, but are not restricted to, those areas outlined below:

  • textual, theological and philosophical perspectives on human relationships with nature in the ancient world
  • visions for nature in prophetic, apocalyptic and eschatological literature
  • the influence of Stoicism or other philosophical systems on ancient attitudes towards the natural world, and their significance in modern environmental philosophy
  • the theological thinking behind ancient attitudes to issues such as deforestation, mining, dams, pollution, vegetarianism, sacrifice or vivisection
  • philosophical ideals of self sufficiency and their impact on ancient thinking about nature
  • the intersection of theological and ecological thinking in ancient philosophical debate about the perishability of the world / periodic cataclysms in which civilisation is erased
  • the identification and interpretation of natural disasters and portents
  • (ab)uses of ancient thinking about nature in neopagan environmental movements

It is anticipated that the allocated time for each paper will be 20 minutes, with additional time for questions/discussion.  If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a title and abstract (200 words max) to Ailsa Hunt at


A booking form will be available in due course from the conference organisers and on the websites of the Faculty of Classics and the Faraday Institute.  Presenters and delegates (apart from invited plenary speakers) will be responsible for their own accommodation in Cambridge and a list of options will be provided.

For further enquiries please contact either of the organisers on  or  It is hoped that selected papers from the conference will be published in a volume edited by Drs. Hunt and Marlow.

CFP – Under Western Skies 3 (September 9 – 13, 2014)

Call for Proposals and Panels
Closing Date:  January 10, 2014

Intersections of Environments, Technologies, and Communities

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Calgary, AB Canada Continue reading

CFP – Climate Change, Sustainability, and the Ethics of an Open Future

De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics

De EthicaDeadline for submissions: November 15, 2013

De Ethica is a new journal seeking to publish scholarly works at the intersections of philosophical, theological and applied ethics.  It is a fully peer-reviewed, open-access publication hosted by Linköping University Electronic Press.  We are committed to making papers of high academic quality accessible to a wide audience.

De Ethica is published in cooperation with Societas Ethica, the European Society for Research in Ethics.  Societas Ethica was founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1964; today it has more than 200 members from more than 20 countries, representing a variety of theological and philosophical traditions.  The annual conferences of Societas Ethica draw speakers from across the globe and provide a lively forum for intellectual exchange.  Like Societas Ethica, De Ethica aims to create dialogue across national, political, and religious boundaries.

The first issue of De Ethica will be devoted to the theme of this year’s 50th Societas Ethica Annual Conference: “Climate Change, Sustainability, and an Ethics of an Open Future.”  Dwindling resources, significant demographic changes, and the effects of climate change are challenges that have been on the political agenda for several decades.  And while there seems to be a consensus that sustainability is a “master value” in addressing these challenges, there is little agreement on what sustainability means, and even less agreement on how to achieve it in practice.

To Submit

LightWe welcome submissions from all philosophical and theological traditions that contribute to the ethics of an open future.  Since De Ethica wants to foster dialogue across disciplinary and geographical boundaries, we seek clearly and concisely argued articles that are accessible to a wide audience.  All submissions will be subjected to blind review.  Submissions should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length.  All submissions must be appropriately anonymized and should be accompanied by a separate file containing an abstract of 150 to 200 words and all relevant author information. For more information about layout, style, and the submission and review process, please see the Instructions for AuthorsPlease send submissions only to our assistant editor, Heidi Jokinen.  General comments and enquiries about the journal should be directed to Marcus Agnafors or Maren Behrensen.

FINAL CALL – ISEE at the Pacific APA, April 16 -20, 2014, San Diego, CA, USA

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2014 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, USA from Wednesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 20th at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel. Continue reading

CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE at the Central APA, February 26 – March 1, 2014

ISEE Logo #2Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2014 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The meeting will be held February 26 to March 1, 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes running time) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.).  People working in any area of ethics concerning environmental issues are encouraged to submit proposals.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: (1) a full paper (approx. 3000 words), or (2) a 300-word abstract.
  • For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of all those participating, and titles for each paper.  Paper abstracts (of up to 300 words) are strongly encouraged.  Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.
  • Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Allen Thompson at Please include “ISEE/APA” in the subject line.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2013.
Decisions will be made by mid-September.

CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE at the APA, December 27-30, 2013

ISEE Logo #2Meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), December 27-30, 2013, Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore.

The International Society for Environmental Ethics invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes running time) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author meets critics, etc.; 2 or 3 hours running time) for the next Eastern Division APA meeting.

Submission of abstracts:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit a full paper or an
    abstract of 200 words maximum.
  • For themed sessions, please submit title of session, names of presenters
    and an abstract for each paper (if appropriate). Participants should be
    confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.

Materials should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to Benjamin Hale (ISEE Vice-President) at

The deadline for submitting materials and proposals is May 15, 2013.
Decisions on papers will be made near the end of May.

Benjamin Hale
CU Boulder
Assistant Professor
Philosophy Department and
Environmental Studies Program

Director of Graduate Studies
Environmental Studies Program