Reminder: SoPheRe conference (in person and on-line)

Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience Conference 2023: Religious Experience and the Phenomenology of Nature. 16–19 August 2023, Sligo.

Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SOPHERE) Conference 2023:
Religious Experience and the Phenomenology of Nature
16th – 19th August 2023
Hosted by the University of Galway and St. Angela’s College, Sligo

Programme available at

The conference is taking place in person and on-line. For on-line registration contact [email protected]

Theme of the Conference

Faced as we are with climate change, mass extinctions of species, global pandemics, there is probably no more pressing theme today than that of nature. It is, however, not at all clear what we mean by ‘nature’, and whether discourse about nature is even meaningful today. Many speak of the ‘death of nature’ while at another extreme we find the exhortation toward a ‘re-enchantment’ of [by] nature. What the conference aims to explore is the place of religious experience within this our current situation.

Four great keynote speakers:

Prof. Lisa Landoe Hedrick is Professor in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. She is the author of many journal articles on Process Metaphysics and its intersection with theology and philosophy of religion. She is the author of Whitehead and the Pittsburgh School: Preempting the Problem of Intentionality (2022)

Prof. Timothy Howles is Assistant Director for Research Programming at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute at the University of Oxford. He has translated some works of Bruno Latour and is the author of The Political Theology of Bruno Latour: Globalization, Secularization and the Environmental Crisis (forthcoming 2022).

Dr. Timothy Mooney is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. He has published widely on Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. He is more recent publications include Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception: On the Body Informed (forthcoming 2022) and co-editor of The Phenomenology Reader (2012).

Dr. Martin Nitsche is Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He has written extensively in the area of phenomenology of religion and the philosophy of space. Among his publications are Die Ortschaft des Seins: Martin Heideggers’ Phänomenologische Topologie/The Place of Being: Martin Heidegger’s Phenomenological Topology (2013); Fenomenologická Interpretace Heideggerových Příspěvků k filosofii/ Phenomenological interpretation of Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy (2010).