International Conference "Science & Religion"

The National Hellenic Research Foundation- Institute of Historical Research and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens – Epistemology & Science Education Lab are organizing the International Conference “Science & Religion” in Athens, 3 – 5 September 2015.

The Conference is associated with the NARSES Research Project aiming to map the relationship between sciences and religion from the 4th c. AD to the 20th c. in Southeastern Europe and the East Mediterranean. The Project focuses on social formations where Eastern Christianity was the dominant religious tradition with the purpose to fill an important gap in the historiography of science: while a huge literature exists on the relation between science and religion in the context of Western Christianity there is almost a void for the areas of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkan states, marked by Eastern Christianity.

This International Conference will highlight interdisciplinary research to reveal unknown dimensions of the science-religion relation with major implications for the historiography of science developed with reference to both Western and Eastern European societies.

Keynote speakers include Ronald Numbers, Peter Harrison, Alexei Nesteruk, John Hedley Brooke, Baudouin Decharneux, Liu Dun, Lu Dalong, Yakov Rabkin, Michael Shank, Cristopher Knight, Jullien Vincent, Emmanuel Bermon, Eirini Viltanioti, Anne Laurence Caudano, H. Floris Cohen, Constantin Canavas and Alice Lamy.

Papers mapping the Eastern Christianity groups active in debates on Nature and the institutions responsible for the production and negotiation of knowledge about Nature and God are encouraged for submission. Papers exploring every aspect of the relation between science and religion in all Christian traditions are warmly welcome.

The languages of the Conference are: English, French and Greek.

Find here the programme of the Conference.

The Conference will be broadcasted live at  (Thursday and Friday 3-4/9). 

The videos of the Conference are uploaded at the Helios - NHRF Repository, day 1 and day 2.


Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 09:00 to Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 13:00