Science and religion exist in conjunction in the lives of people around the world, as well as in larger-scale contexts like policy-making and institutional structures. While many continue to argue about the normative parameters determining the relationship between science and religion—theorizing about whether to view this relationship as one of conflict, harmony or independence—SRC moves beyond these conversations. We focus, instead, on serious considerations of the practical problems facing our world, from nuclear proliferation to economic development, from public health and epidemics to environmental sustainability.
SRC focuses on understanding how cultures of science and cultures of religion emerge and develop within historical contexts, and how they are influenced by and formed through questions of gender, sexuality, race and socioeconomic status. This focus is motivated by a belief that scientific and religious ways of knowing do not exist outside of sociocultural formations. We are interested in how these cultures of science and of religion intersect as well as in how they function independently. This is driven by a theoretical commitment to the interconnectedness of modes of knowing; we look at approaches to epistemic production and exchange even if these connections are not immediately apparent.