Beyond Secularization:

Religion, Science and Technology in Public Life




Our Scholarship:

Scholarly Publications

Bennett, Gaymon. “The Digital Sublime: Algorithmic Binds in a Living Foundry,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Angelaki, Taylor & Francis, Volume 25, Issue 3 (2020)

Bennett, Gaymon, “The Politics of Intrinsic Worth: Why Bioethics (Still) Needs Human Dignity.” In Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, pp.228-246. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Bennett, Gaymon with photography by Taylor R. Genovese. “Anima, Animism, Animate: Ethnography after Authenticity,” Techniques Journal 1, no. 1 (April 16, 2021)

Cady, Linell E., “’Wild Beasts of the Philosophical Desert:’ Religion, Science and Spirituality in a Postsecular Age,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 32, no.1 (2020): 29-48.

Calhoun, Craig. “Secularism and Social Transformation,” Keynote Address to the European Academy of Religion,” in pp. 19-55 in EUARE Lectures, 2019. Bologna: European Academy of Religion (2020).

Calhoun, Craig. “Populism and Democracy: The Long View,” pp. 227-46 in B. Vormann and M. Weiman, eds., The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon, London: Routledge (2020).

Calhoun, Craig. “Moishe Postone and the Transcendence of Capitalism,” Critical Historical Studies, 2020, Vol. 7 (1): 145-65.

Harsh, Matthew, Kerry Holden, Jameson Wetmore, G. Pascal Zachary, and Ravosh Bal, “Situating science in Africa: The dynamics of computing research in Nairobi and Kampala,” Social Studies of Science, 49 no.1 (2019): 52–76.

Hilgartner, Stephen, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, and Sheila Jasanoff. “Was ‘science’ on the ballot?” Science, February 2021, Vol. 371 (6532): 893-4.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. “Dangerous Practices of Sovereign Science.” Somatosphere, March 3, 2021.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. “Decoding the CRISPR-baby stories.” A review essay of Kevin Davies’ Editing Humanity, Walter Isaacson’s The Code Breaker, and Ebon Kirksey’s The Mutant Project. MIT Technology Review, February 24, 2021.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. “Imperatives of Governance: Human Genome Editing and the Problem of Progress.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 63, no. 1 (February 11, 2020): 177–94.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin, “Behold the Man: Figuring the Human in the Era of Biotechnology.” In A Critical Reflection on Automated Science: Will Science Remain Human? edited by Marta Bertolaso and Fabio Sterpetti, p. 249. New York: Springer, 2020.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin, Ingrid Metzler, Luca Marelli, and Sheila Jasanoff. “Bioconstitutional Imaginaries and the Comparative Politics of Genetic Self-Knowledge.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 45, no. 6 (November 1, 2020): 1087–1118.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin, Sheila Jasanoff, and Krishanu Saha. “Constitutionalism at the Nexus of Life and Law.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 45, no. 6 (November 1, 2020): 979–1000.

Jasanoff, Sheila, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, and Krishanu Saha, “Democratic Governance of Human Germline Genome Editing.” The CRISPR Journal 2, no. 5 (October 1, 2019): 266–71.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. “Designing Secularity at Sarang Church.” Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, (October 2020): 429-454.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. "Learning from Religious Diasporas in Pandemic Times" Religion and Society, vol. 11, no. 1 (November 2020).

Misha Angrist, Rodolphe Barrangou, Françoise Baylis, Carolyn Brokowski, Gaetan Burgio, Arthur Caplan, Carolyn Riley Chapman, George M. Church, Robert Cook-Deegan, Bryan Cwik, Jennifer A. Doudna, John H. Evans, Henry T. Greely, Laura Hercher, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Richard O. Hynes, Tetsuya Ishii, Samira Kiani, LaTasha Hoskins Lee, Guillaume Levrier, David R. Liu, Jeantine E. Lunshof, Kerry Lynn Macintosh, Debra J.H. Mathews, Eric M. Meslin, Peter H.R. Mills, Lluis Montoliu, Kiran Musunuru, Dianne Nicol, Helen O'Neill, Renzong Qiu, Robert Ranisch, Jacob S. Sherkow, Sheetal Soni, Sharon Terry, Eric Topol, Robert Williamson, Feng Zhang, and Kevin Davies. “Reactions to the National Academies/Royal Society Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing.” The CRISPR Journal 3, no. 5 (October 1, 2020): 332–49.

Nydal, Rune, Gaymon Bennett, Astrid Lægrid, Martin Kuiper “Silencing Trust: Confidence and Familiarity in Re-engineering Knowledge Infrastructures.” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (Springer, 2020)

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava, “Eliezer Schweid: A Zionist Prophet of Post-Secularism.” In Jewish Thought and Its Research: The Thought and Works of Eliezer Schweid, Vol. 2edited by Yehoyada Amir and Joseph (Yossi) Turner, pp. 281-310. Jerusalem: Carmel. Hebrew edition, 2020. English version forthcoming 2021. 

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava, "Ethics of Care and Responsibility: Bridging Secular and Religious Cultures." In Environmental Ethics: Crosscultural Explorations, edited by Monika Kirlosak-Steinbach and Madalina Diaconou, pp. 29-57, Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber, March 2020.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava, “Human Flourishing and History: A Religious Imaginary for the Anthropocene," Journal of Philosophy of History, 14 (2020): 382-418 in special issue on Historical Thinking and the Human, ed. Zoltan Simon and Marek Tamm, (Brill).

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava, “The Paradoxes of Transhumanism: Technological Spirituality or Techno-Idolatry?” Theologische Literaruzeitung (Leipzig, Germany).

Tirosh-Samuelson, HavaReligion and Environment: The Case of Judaism: Proceedings of the Goshen Conference on Religion and Science, 2016Kitchener, Ontario: Pandora Press, 2020.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava.  “Religion, Science, and Secularism,” in Bloomsbury Religion in North America, Theology an Religion Online, ed. Whitney Bauman and Lisa Stenmark (London: Bloomsbury Publishiing, 2021).

 Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava.  Review of David Seidenberg, Kabbalah and Ecology: The Image of God and the More-than-Human World (Cambridge, 2015), Worldviews; Global Relations, Culture and Ecology 25 (2021): 180-182. 

Zachary, G. Pascal, “Powerful Knowledge” review of Science and the State: From the Scientific Revolution to World War II by John Gascoigne in Issues in Science and Technology, Spring 2020.

Zachary, G. Pascal, “Book Review: The Technology Treadmill,” review of Ingenious: The Unintended Consequences of Human Innovation by Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2020: 69-71.


Scholarly Presentations

Bennett, Gaymon. “A Plague of Darkness: Pandemic, Policing, and Possession,” Annual meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, October 2020

Bennett, Gaymon. “Authentic Madness: Technology, Soul and San Francisco.” St. Louis U research colloquium, October 2020

Bennett, Gaymon. “Pandemic and Possession: An Anthropology of Evil,” Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, December 2020 

Bennett, Gaymon. “Biosecurity and Religion: Pandemic and Possession,” 5th Annual Arizona Biosecurity Workshop, December 2020.

Calhoun, Craig. “The Climate of History in a Planetary Age,” December 10, 2020.

Calhoun, Craig. “Polanyi’s Great Transformation and Transformations Today,” ISCTE Lisbon, November 2020.

Calhoun, Craig.  “Simpósio 8 | Mundo Social e Pandemia.” BVPS, June 2020.

Calhoun, Craig. “Are Digital Futures Choice or Fate,” Keynote at launch of the Center for Digital Culture and Society, University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, April 4, 2020,    

Calhoun, Craig “Human development as an individual, social and transformative process,”

Calhoun, Craig.  “The Human in Human Rights,” LSE Human Rights Public Lecture, 3 October 2020,; Lecture 1 of 3; Lecture 2 on 11 May 2021.

Genovese, Taylor R. and Annie Hammang. “Panel: Troubling the Actor and Analyst in Ethnography,” American Anthropological Association, Baltimore, MD, Nov 17, 2021.

Genovese, Taylor R. “Russian Cosmists and Border Ghosts: Eclectic Anthropologies of Death and Memory.” American Anthropological Association, Baltimore, MD, Nov 17, 2021.

Genovese, Taylor R. “Cannibal Dialectics: Constructions of Memory and Progress Amid Soviet Ruins.” Techniques in the Making 2.0 Symposium, Center for Philosophical Technologies, November 10, 2021.

Hammang, Annie. “Blue Skies and Long Nows: The Future in Technomoral Reasoning of San Francisco Bay Area and Boston Startup Biotechnology” Science Democracy Network. August 13, 2020.

Hammang, Annie. “’Emeryville is Weird:’ Cosmopolitics of Urban Renewal in San Francisco Bay Area’s Biotech Corridor.” Society for Social Studies of Science. August 18, 2020.

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. Regulation as Governance? Heritable Human Genome Editing and the Politics of Ethical Judgment, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics Annual Conference, June 10, 2021;

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. Harvard STS Graduate Summer School, co-organized, plus lectures: Introduction to the STS Lexicon; Genome editing and Bioethics, Aug 2 2021 (200 + students from 5 continents)

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. Faculty commentator, Disciplinary Encounters at the Crossroads of Law & STS, May 5, 2021

Hurlbut, J. Benjamin. Discussant, Won’t you be my neighbor?”: Towards Theory and Ethics in Society, Society for the Social Studies of Science, October 9, 2021

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Constructing Common Ground: Biotechnology, Bioethics, and Public Deliberation.” ANSES International Symposium 2021: Credibility of Scientific Expertise, Paris, France (via WebEx), February 2, 2021.Hurlbut, Benjamin J. Covid Governance in Comparative Perspective, Thai Institute of Justice, Bangkok, Thailand (via zoom), March 24, 2021

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Inevitable Progress: genome editing, sovereign science and the politics of the human future.” Program in Science, Technology and Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel (via zoom), January 17, 2021.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Taking Responsibility: Governing Research at the Edges of Human Life.” Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology, Kyoto University (via zoom), December 11, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “What Caused the Pandemic? Explaining Origins.” Southwest One Health Symposium. December 11, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “The Origins of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic,” Biosecurity, Biosafety and Bioethics Annual Conference, Society for Biological Engineering (virtual, via Zoom), December 4, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Technopopulism and Post-National Constitutionalism.” Commentary on Neil Walker “The Crisis of  Constitutional Democracy in Pandemic Times,” Science and Democracy Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (via Zoom), November 10, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Breaking the Glass: Responsibility and Its Limits at the Frontiers of Genome Editing.” National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Lecture Series, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (via webex), November 5, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Can’t Stop Progress: Inevitability as Authorization in the Politics of Human Genome Editing.” STS Circle, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (via zoom), November 2, 2020.

Hurlbut, Benjamin J. “Genome Editing, Human Dignity and the Global Observatory Project.” Genome Editing and Human Dignity: Comparative Perspectives, Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin (via zoom), September 10 & 11, 2020.

Hurlbut, Ben and Sheila Jasanoff. “Global Observatory for Gene Editing,” Presentation to the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (via zoom), April 9, 2020.

Hurlbut, Ben, “The Ethos and Ethics of Scientific Self-Regulation.” Arizona Biosecurity Workshop, ASU, December 6, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “Rational Kernels and Religious Reasons: Governing Deliberation at the Frontiers of Biotechnology,” Symposium on Human Genome Editing, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY, November 20, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “Imperatives of Governance:  Pathways for Democratic Deliberation and the Global Observatory Project.” American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Policy Summit: Ethical, Societal, and Policy Issues in Germline Gene Editing (co-panelist with Margaret Hamburg, NAS/WHO and Anne-Marie Mazza, NAS). Washington, D.C., November 6, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “Sovereign Science, Laggard Law: Ethics, Deliberation and Governance at the Frontiers of Human Biology.” SFIS Unplugged. School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, October 31, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “The Global Observatory Project” CRISPR Consensus? public debate and the future of genome editing in human reproduction. Innovative Genomics Institute, UC Berkeley, October 26, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “Guiding Conceptions: lessons for governance of heritable genome editing.” Kenneth J. Ryan Ethics Symposium: Ethics in Embryo Research: In Consideration of Patients, Progeny and Professional Norms (co-panelist with Feng Zhang, Broad Institute). American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2019 Scientific Congress, Philadelphia, PA, October 14, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “CRISPR conceptions: lessons for governance.” Cordell3: Ethics of Human Genome Editing. The Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine and Law, Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis, MO, October 11, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “CRISPR Conceptions: challenges of governance in heritable human genome editing.” Neuroscience Research Seminar, Biodesign, ASU, October 4, 2019.

Hurlbut, Ben, “Misguided conceptions: CRISPR Babies and the Human Future.” Emtech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, September 18, 2019.

Marquez, Schuyler. “Visualizing Vinyasa: Temporalities and Rhythms in Online Representations of Yogic Practice.” Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival March 19-28, 2021.McCrary, Charles. "Religious Freedom in the United States.” St. Louis University. November 5, 2020.

McCrary, Charles. "Religion and Public Education" at University of Northern Iowa. October 22, 2020.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. “Skinship: Communion and Contagion in South Korea.” American Academy of Religion. December 3, 2020.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. “Skinship: Relationality and the Skin Microbiome,” Society for the Social Study of Science Conference, October 8, 2021, online.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. "Panel: Religion in an Age of Information Technology," UC Berkeley, Social Science Matrix, November 2, 2021, online.

Mellquist Lehto, Heather. “Beyond Shincheonji: South Korean Megachurches during the Covid-19 Pandemic,” International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society, July 9, 2021.

 Mellquist Lehto, Heather. From Ethics to Politics: Performing Public Anthropology of Religion, Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biannual Conference, May 16, 2021.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. “Ethics of Care in the Time of Pandemic,” Judaism and Ethics in Times of Crisis, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, April 20, 2020, Online Conference.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. “Ludato Si’: The Cry of the Earth/The Cry of the Poor, Interfaith Power and Light, June 30, 2020.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. “Theology of the Earth Webinar, Hope of the Future,” UK Climate Charity, July 15, 2020.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. "Transhumanism from a Judaic Perspective," in a seminar on "Law, Halakha, and Ethics and the Challenges of AI," Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel. December 31, 2020.

Zachary, G. Pascal, “Philosophical and Historical Approaches to Understanding Emerging Technologies,” SFIS Unplugged, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, September 19, 2019.