Conference on Religion, Ethics and Science (CORES 2022)

CORES 2022

Brave New World? Revisiting Utopia

This year we mark the 90th anniversary of Aldous Huxley’s "Brave New World," a novel that sounded the warning about society’s impulse to perfect itself by making human life an object of rationalization and control. Published in 1932, at a time when societies around the world were broken along lines of class, caste, color and creed, the novel depicted a World State scientifically and technologically engineered to advance a vision of a perfect environment.

Ninety years later in February 2022, ASU’s Conversations on Religion, Ethics and Science (CORES 2022) will host a series of provocative and timely conversations to examine the ever-present push towards utopian visions. The conversations will explore utopianism through a series of questions, including:

    • How is utopia imagined?
    • How inclusive can utopia be?
    • What promise and perils may emerge from new technologies aimed at bringing about utopian improvements of humans and the human condition?
    • What spiritual ideas inform our utopian visions, particularly in our digital age?
    • What role is there for ethical, political, and religious guidance in realizing utopian visions, if any? 

The opening plenary session, featuring science fiction writers Neal Shusterman and Nnedi Okorafor in a conversation that asks, "Utopia for Whom?", takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 10.

On Friday, February 11, these questions will be taken up in a day-long conference that includes discussions with visiting scholars Andrew Briggs (Oxford), S.D. Chrostowska (York), Kanta Dihal (Cambridge), Allison Duettmann (Foresight), N. Katherine Hayles (Duke), Ian Markham (VTS), Alfred Nordmann (Darmstadt), and Fred Turner (Stanford).

ASU discussants include Gaymon Bennett (SHPRS/Lincoln Center) and John Carlson (SHPRS/CSRC), Lois Brown (English/Center for the Study of Race and Democracy), Paul Carresse (SCETL), Ben Hurlbut (SOLS), Faheem Hussain (SFIS), Tara Nkrumah (CGEST), Erica O'Neil (Lincoln Center), Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Jewish Studies) and Mako Ward (SST).

Hosted at Arizona State University, Conversations on Religion, Ethics, and Science (CORES) models a dialogical approach of intellectual humility and relational integrity. By bringing together scholars, students and life-long learners from a variety of academic disciplines and religious and secular communities, much can be achieved through dialogue that is not only informed and respectful, but also productive and solutions oriented.

CORES is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

COVID 19 Guidelines: Please keep in mind the CDC recommendations as well as ASU Community of Care health protocols on how to keep yourself and others healthyConsistent with ASU’s current guidelines, face coverings are strongly recommended in all ASU buildings and will be required during this event. Face coverings will be available on entry for those who may have forgotten them.

Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
Ashley Wilkins
Feb 11 2022 - 12:00am
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom
Tempe campus