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Towards a Unified Science of Religion

University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
12-14 February 2010

The belief in gods, demons, and other supernatural agents is a persistent feature of human culture, which cries out for explanation. In the last twenty-five years explanations of religion have reached a new level of sophistication. We now have a range of different scientific theories of religion, in cognitive science, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, drawing upon a significant body of empirical data. This conference, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago, will bring together researchers from these different disciplines and different theoretical perspectives, to explore the possibility of a unified science of religion.

Participants are invited to submit paper proposals presenting original research on any topic related to the theme of the conference. The proposal should take the form of an abstract of no more than 200 words, and should be submitted electronically (along with contact details) to the conference secretary: Jonathan Jong ( jonathan[at]psy.otago.ac.nz ) by 15 December 2009.

Further details about registration and accommodation and will be available soon on the conference website.

Please direct enquiries to the conference secretary, Jonathan Jong ( jonathan[at]psy.otago.ac.nz ).