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Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World

St Edmund’s College: March 18-19, 2014

Deadline for applications: March 14, 2014

Aim of Course

Academic Conference (non-residential)

This interdisciplinary conference will explore pagan, Jewish and Christian ideas about the intersection of theology and ecology. How did these ancient thinkers understand their natural environment to stand in relation to the divine? And how did this understanding condition human interaction with the natural world?

At the same time, the conference will consider what impact, if any, ancient thinking about the environment should have on our own ecological thinking. As such this conference aims, in a mutually reinforcing process, to shape both our knowledge of the ancient world and the work of those who are writing the theology, philosophy and ethics of the twenty-first century.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and will be held in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Further details and a Call for Papers can be found here or by contacting the organisers, Dr Ailsa Hunt ( or Dr Hilary Marlow (


Unless you are an invited speaker, you are responsible for finding your own accommodation in Cambridge. For options see

NB The APPLICATION FORM is a generic one for all Faraday events. Please put your institutional affiliation and job title under ‘Reasons for application’.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.


The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Tuesday March 18
9.00 amRegistration
9.30 amPlenary
11.00 amTea/coffee break
11.30 amSession One
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmPlenary
3.30 pmTea/coffee break
4.00 pmResearch presentations
5.30 pmKeynote Paper
7.00 pmConference Dinner (separate registration required)
Wednesday March 19
9.00 amSession Two
10.30 amTea/coffee break
11.00 amPlenary
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmResearch presentations
2.30 pmTea/coffee break
3.00 pmSession Three
4.30 pmDepart