“Unsettling Science and Religion: Contributions and Questions from Queer Studies”

“Unsettling Science and Religion: Contributions and Questions from Queer Studies”

IRAS, August 8-15, Star Island, NH – Event Registration

Call for Papers – More Information

ZygonQueer studies, the critical philosophical approach initiated by Michel Foucault and taken up by a number of contemporary thinkers, builds upon research in the biological sciences to challenge the assumptions of heterosexuality, monogamy, gender, and sexual dimorphism as not founded in “naturally occurring” categories but instead as cultural constructs, created through time, traditions, politics, and power dynamics. At its most basic level, it suggests that reality is more complex and far stranger than any thought, idea, system, or belief can capture. It aims at continuing conversations and explorations of the world in which we live, rather than arriving at any final conclusions.

The aim of the 2015 IRAS conference is to borrow the techniques and challenges from within queer studies and queer theory, with the goal of unsettling—or “queering”—our own discipline(s). To this end, we call for papers and posters on topics at the intersection of religion, science, and queer theory. This might include ways to challenge the boundaries within and between religion and science, and/or between and within the academy, as well as the boundaries of the sacred and secular, of reason and faith. Ultimately, we want to ask how queer religion, science and philosophy, can and/or should be.

More information about the 2015 conference can be found at: http://www.iras.org/.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Carol Wayne White, Karen Barad, Fern Feldman, Catherine Keller, Laurel Schneider, Emilie Townes, Whitney Bauman, Lisa Stenmark, and Chapel Coordinator Donna Schaper.


Edited By: Willem B. Drees, Tilburg University

Impact Factor: 0.833 – ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 23/42 (Social Issues)

Submit Papers to Bioethics

The Social Value of Research:

Conflicts between science, society, and individuals
Bioethics Special Issue
Publication February 2017
(Online Publication 2016)

Guest Editors: Annette Rid, Seema Shah


The Editors of Bioethics are pleased to announce a special issue in 2016 on the social value of research. Social value is widely accepted, but rarely questioned as a benchmark of ethical research. International and national research ethics guidelines and regulations presume that the value of research to society is critically important for selecting study populations, justifying risk imposition, and determining the acceptable level of net risk. Yet, there is a limited amount of scholarship exploring what the “social value requirement” entails or what its normative status should be in research ethics.

We invite submissions on all aspects of this topic. Questions include but are not limited to:

  • What makes research socially valuable?
  • How does the social value of research relate to its scientific value?
  • Does the social value of research pertain to the potential value of study interventions, research studies or research programs?
  • Is social value a necessary requirement for ethical research?
  • Should social value be considered as a threshold condition for research to proceed, or should a given project’s social value be reasonable in relation to other considerations, such as the risks to participants?
  • Are there different types of social value that have more or less moral weight?
  • How should the inherent uncertainty about research outcomes be factored into social value judgments?
  • Should social value judgments reflect both the potential positive and negative social value of research? If so, how should the two be balanced?
  • When conducting research in low- and middle-income countries or with vulnerable populations, is social value for the study population necessary? Or is social value for the study population a universal requirement for research?
  • Who should make judgments about the social value of research?

The editors welcome early discussion of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email to: Annette Rid, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London, annette.rid@kcl.ac.uk or Seema Shah, Department of Bioethics, The Clinical Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health, shahse@mail.nih.gov.

Upon submission authors should include full contact details and a few lines of biographical information in a separate electronic file. We discourage papers of more than 5000 words.

For further submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the Bioethics website: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0269-9702

Manuscripts should be submitted to Bioethics online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/biot.

Please ensure that you select manuscript type ‘Special Issue’ and state that it is for the Social Value Special Issue when prompted.

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