Thursday 29th June – Saturday 1st July 2017

Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK

*** The final conference programme is available here, or scroll down to see the PDF further down this page ***

***To access the joining instructions for the conference, please click here.***

Organised in partnership between by Newman University, UK, University of Kent, UK, York University, Canada, and Kent State University, USA.

In the last decade there has been significant growth in social scientific scholarship on science and religion, complementing the more established historical research into the subject. Greater attention is being paid to the varied ways in which perceptions of science are influenced by religious and non-religious belief, identity, community and conflict in different geographical, cultural and historical contexts. The purpose of this international conference is to bring together researchers with backgrounds in history, anthropology, sociology, STS, psychology, political science and related humanities and social science disciplines to discuss perspectives on the overarching topic of science and religion in society.

Papers at this conference will cover the following themes:

  • The social scientific and historical study of the relationship between science and religious and/or non-religious belief and identity;
  • Public perceptions of the relationship between science, religion and non-religion and their respective roles in society;
  • National and international comparative perspectives on the study of science, religion and belief in society;
  • Past and present media or popular representations of science and religion;
  • The past or present roles of science, rationalism, religion and belief in national, social or cultural identity and related geopolitical narratives;
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of science, religion and non-religion in society;
  • Methodological approaches to, and issues in, the study of science and religion in society;
  • Avenues for future research and developments within the social scientific and historical study of science and religion.

We are interested in papers that relate to any aspect of STEMM in society (science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics) and that discuss any religious tradition or non-religious belief system, including unbelief.

Attending the conference

The call for papers and registration for this conference has now closed. If you are an invited speaker and need to complete the registration form please email


Please note the programme is subject to change.

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Key Dates:

Abstract submission: Closed

Deadline for abstracts and conference bursary applications: 3rd March 2017

Decision notification: 17th March 2017

Registration opens: 28th March 2017

Registration deadline for presenters: 21st April 2017

Registration closes: 30th April 2017

Should you have other questions about the conference please contact the conference organisers, Dr Stephen Jones (Newman University) and Dr Emma Preece (Newman University) at