The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science is preparing for its 69th annual conference on Star Island, New Hampshire running from June 23-30, 2024.

“Habitability for Your Cosmic Future: AstroAnthropology meets AstroEthics” sees to bring together diverse interdisciplinary threads from the natural and social sciences and the humanities in order to explore the reality in which Earth might not be our only home and in which we may not be alone.

The event organizers – Andrew Davis, program director for the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology and Lucas Mix, NASA/Library of Congress Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology – are collecting short academic papers on the conference topic.

The organization aims is to bring together scientists, religionists and ethicists to raw on cutting-edge thinking in astrobiology to answer a variety of questions.

Those questions include: How would expanding humanity into outer space affect culture, arts and many other aspects of human civilization? And would earth-sourced colonists become alien and how might religion help and hinder the process?

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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