quinta-feira, 16 de agosto de 2012

‘The soul – can the concept of the soul still have meaning?’

2012 Annual Conference
Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September 2012 

This year’s Conference will take place at the Regent’s Park College, Oxford from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September 2012.  The Conference is open to members and non-members of the Science and Religion Forum.

The Forum’s conference will address the concept of the soul and the main speakers will include:

Professor Chris Frith - Emeritus Professor in Neuropsychology at UCL and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

Professor Peter HarrisonDirector, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland

Fr Peter Hunter OP, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

Professor Alister McGrath, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London 

Professor Nancey MurphyProfessor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Professor Wilson Poon, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Edinburgh (after dinner speaker)

Bookings and Registration

The Conference fees are as follows:

SRF members and spouses       £230
Non-members                          £260
Students                                   £110

The fee covers registration, accommodation, meals and coffee/tea breaks, and conference documents. 

For those wishing to attend as non-residents the fee (with dinner) is £135 for members and £165 for non-members

Please complete a conference registration form and e-mail or post it to the Membership Secretary

Mrs Hilary Martin
Brockenhurst Road

The closing date for conference applications is 31 July 2012.

Payment must be included with the Conference registration form or payment may be made by credit card through PayPal (please see the Forum’s website for details of how to make a payment through PayPal).

A small number of bursaries are available to assist with the cost of Conference attendance (see below for details). 

Registration will begin at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday 6 September, and the Conference will begin at 4.30 p.m. with a short introductory session followed by the Gowland Lecture to be given by Professor Peter Harrison, one of the Forum’s Vice-Presidents. There will be a service of worship on the Friday morning, to which all participants are welcomed. The Conference dinner will be held on the Friday evening. The Conference will end with lunch on Saturday 8 September.

Regent’s Park College has no car parking facilities and car parking in the centre of Oxford is very difficult.  Delegates travelling by car may wish to use one of Oxford’s ‘park-and-ride’ car parks (details will be sent to all registered participants).

Call for Short papers

Each person attending the conference is invited to offer a paper for presentation in a Short Paper session.  Short papers must be related to the main conference theme.

Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes presentation time, to be followed by 10 minutes discussion.  Proposals, in the form of a title and a 200 word summary, should be sent by Friday 22 June 2012 to Dr Andrew Robinson at a.j.robinson@exeter.ac.uk  .

Submissions will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please re-submit your proposal. Acceptance of short papers will be according to criteria of quality, originality, relevance to the conference theme, and plausibility of presentation within 15 minutes. Submissions from students are particularly encouraged. Those whose proposals are accepted will be informed by Friday 27 July 2012.


The Forum is offering a limited number of bursaries, each worth £60, to members of at least six month’s standing who have no financial assistance from employers or sponsors. Students in full-time education may also apply for a bursary even if they are not yet members of the Forum.

Bursary applications, preferably by e-mail, should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Hilary Martin (address above).

The closing date for Bursary applications is 30 June 2012.

Peacocke Student Essay Prize

In memory of its founding President and former Chairman, the Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, the Science and Religion Forum offers a prize for an essay directly relevant to the theme of its annual conference.

The prize is open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students in full or part-time education. The prize will consist of a cash award of £100, free membership of the Forum for one year, and the UK travel and accommodation costs (or equivalent of) of the winner’s participation in the Forum’s 2012 conference.  Subject to the decision of the panel, the winning essay will be published in the Forum’s journal (Reviews in Science and Religion) and the winner will have the opportunity to present the paper at the annual conference.

The essay should not exceed 5000 words in length, including footnotes but excluding references.  It should be preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words, and should be submitted as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format, no later than 31 July 2012 to Dr Louise Hickman: l.hickman@newman.ac.uk. Dr Hickman will answer any questions about the prize. All submissions will be acknowledged within 1 week of receipt.

The essay should be the original work of the applicant – unacknowledged quotation from the work of others will automatically disqualify the entry. Copyright in the essay will remain with the author. Each submission should be accompanied by a statement from the author’s Supervisor or Head of Department, confirming the author’s student status and indicating awareness that the essay has been submitted. The adjudicators reserve the right not to award the Prize if no entry of sufficient standard is received.  Their decision will be final, and no correspondence about it will be entered into.

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