Can “Religion and Science” Be Postcolonial?


In the late-15th to mid-16th century, Europe experienced three revolutions: a geographical revolution (“voyages of discovery” and colonial expansion); a religious revolution (the Protestant Reformation) and a Scientific Revolution. Within the religion and science discourse, the relationship between two of these revolutions—the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution—has been much studied, while the third revolution has been ignored. As a result, the ghosts of colonialism still haunt us. This presentation will explore the ways considerations of the third revolution—and postcolonial perspectives—broaden out understanding and expand the discourse, with special attention to the contributions of postcolonial Science Fictions.


Lisa Stenmark is author of Religion, Science and Democracy: A Disputational Friendship, and co-editor (with Whitney Bauman) of Religion, Science and Queer Theory, part of a series Religion and Science as a Critical Discourse. She teaches at San Jose University and, in her spare time, she practices Aikido (in which she has a Black Belt) and other martial arts, trains triathlons and is an avid Science Fiction fan.

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