Religion and Science as a Critical Discourse | Rowman & Littlefield
Religion and Science as a Critical Discourse
Understanding religion and science as a critical discourse means building on theoretical issues and concerns in order to address social transformation, issues of justice, and global concerns. It also means questioning the modern and western understandings of both “religion” and “science”—as well as the current disciplinary structure that developed in the 19th century—from multiple contexts and perspectives. Contributions to this series may employ multiple standpoints and trajectories with the aim of decolonizing “science” and “religion,” as well as the Science and Religion Discourse, in order to open up other ways of thinking. This might mean explorations of non-dominant discourses within the modern western framework that challenge the anthropocentric and reductive understandings of humans and nature. It may also mean finding new concepts, common grounds, and ways of thinking about the world from indigenous perspectives and those perspectives that fall outside of what we commonly call the modern west. It may mean asking questions about how we translate between different knowledge systems in a way that does not privilege one over the other, in search of new common grounds. Finally, it may also mean challenging notions of objectivity, and revealing that all knowledge-making systems are contextual and political. In other words, scholarship and activism are not as divided as we modern western types like to think. Our overriding assumption is that transforming the modern western disciplinary framework will require decolonizing that framework from within, in order to shake up assumptions, challenge givens, and open up space for new questions and new perspectives. This will make it possible to engage with voices outside this framework, enabling us to address pressing planetary problems in a more productive and inclusive way.

To submit a proposal for this series, please use the below guidelines.

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In addition to the regular submission guidelines at Rowman and Littlefield (found here:
), please write a brief, one-page cover letter that highlights the ways you think your contribution will add to the series.

In that cover letter, please pay attention specifically to how your addresses one or more of the following:

  • addresses issues of social transformation / justice and/or addresses issues of global concern;
  • engages in critical discourse (Frankfurt School, critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, affect theory, indigenous perspectives, queer theories, decolonial and/or postcolonial theories, deconstruction, the new materialisms, etc.);
  • engages multiple perspectives;

Though your project may not engage all of these points, it should engage at least some of them. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further clarification.

Please submit your proposal and queries to the co-editors here:

Editor(s): Lisa Stenmark, San Jose State University,; and Whitney Bauman, Florida International University,
Advisory Board: Zainal Abidin Bagir, University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Anindita Baslev, Independent Philosopher, India and Denmark; Arvin Gouw, Cambridge University; Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, USA; Mary Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University, USA; Donovan Schaeffer, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Kocku von Stuckrad, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Renny Thomas, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India; Carol Wayne White, Bucknell University, USA
Staff editorial contact: Megan White (