Religion and Ecology Workshop

Religion and Ecology Workshop

Theme: Mapping the Field of Religion and Ecology: Theories, Methods, and Future Directions

Friday, 1:45 PM–5:00 PM
Convention Center – 316

Heather Eaton, Saint Paul University, Presiding

The Religion and Ecology Group invites you to take part in a pre-AAR colloquium to survey and map the theoretical and methodological diversities within the field of religion and ecology. This research area is now robust with multiple avenues of research and activities, including many traditions, voices, theories, approaches, discourses, methodologies, and emphases. It is our goal to collectively discuss and assess where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. This colloquium is envisioned as a participatory event designed both for those who have long contributed to this groundbreaking work as well as those who are new to such scholarly conversations.

The goals of this session are as follows:

  • To map the intellectual terrain covered by scholars and activists, including those who initiated such scholarly conversations and those who are active in the present and diverse shaping of the field.
  • To analyze and identify the common theories and methodologies employed by scholars across the interdisciplinary and multireligious landscape of the field of religion and ecology to date.
  • To articulate and explore pertinent questions, theories, methodologies, lacuna, and trajectories that may guide the development of the field in the twenty-first century.

It is our intent that in mapping the terrain, hearing from those who have contributed to the maturation of the field, and suggesting signposts that will point the way forward, we can foster a more timely, focused, and fruitful scholarly conversation for future studies in the field. We hope that you will join this conversation and bring your own expertise and energy.

Lucas Johnston, Wake Forest University
Barbara A. B. Patterson, Emory University
Matthew Riley, Drew University
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Seattle University


The cost for the workshop is $30, which includes the entire afternoon of sessions and a coffee break.

Registration is limited to the first 75 participants.

To sign up for the workshop, return the registration form with payment by November 1. You may select it during the online Annual Meetings registration process, or if you have already registered for the meeting, you may contact or fax in this form to +1-404-727-7959.