Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Conference on Religion and Technology

Sponsored by Department of Religious Studies 
Saturday, October 27, 2012 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Bonchek Lecture Hall
Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery. Both dreams of utopia and nightmares of apocalypse abound. It has also shaken up some of our certitudes about the human. Is there even such a thing or are we just underdeveloped machines? What does the expansion of internet technology mean for our experience of time, of space, and of the body? What kind of ethical conundrums arise from our computer-driven technology?

Three scholars—Robert Geraci (Manhattan College, Religious Studies, historian) Thomas Carlson (University of California, Santa Barbara, Religious Studies, philosopher), and Katherine Hayles (Duke University, Program in Literature, literary scholar) will describe these new mythologies and address these questions. Three faculty members from F&M will respond to their presentations: Misty Bastian (Anthropology), Stephen Cooper (Religious Studies), and Peter Jaros (English).

There will be ample time for audience participation throughout. The day will end with an open discussion, moderated by John Lardas Modern.

The conference is free and open to the public. No tickets required.