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Call for Papers

Reimagining Ways of Being:
Yale University Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology
February 7, 2020 

The schools of Divinity and Forestry at Yale University invite you to the fourth annual Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology. Reimagining Ways of Being: Religion and Spirituality in Ecological Activism, the theme of this year’s conference, hopes to inspire participants to see their spiritual and religious commitments as assets in pursuit of environmental justice. We particularly invite proposals on the conference theme in addition to welcoming presentations on other topics related to the fields of environmental and moral dialogue. 

We encourage applications from graduate students and other rising voices in the fields of Religious Studies, Law & Policy, Philosophy, History, Environmental Studies, Gender and Race Studies, Art History and from other fields whose work orbits this year’s conference topic. In addition to traditional conference papers, we also invite creative projects and presentations to constitute this year’s program. In seeking to assemble a diverse symposium of rising scholars, we especially encourage those from historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We also encourage interdisciplinary work across these topics to reflect the aims of this conference. 

Possible topics of interest include: 

The arts, literature, and music in the return, revival, and renewal for the reimagination of society in the face of a climate crisis. 

Body, land, and the physical nature of being an ecological creature. 

Theologies of the natural world/creation as found in diverse religious traditions. 

Food systems, agriculture, animal ethics, speciesism, human-nonhuman relations.

Resistance, protest, direct action, and ritual in movements.

Submission instructions: Proposals of a maximum of 300 words are due Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST). To submit your abstract, please click on the following link:

We look forward to seeing you at the Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology. Questions may be emailed to the Organizing Committee at

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