International Workshop on Religion and Cognition

Place: University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Date: 6th-7th April 2006


Thursday, 6th April 2006

9.00 Welcome by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Ed Noort
9.10 Ilkka Pyysiäinen (Helsinki): Explanatory Pluralism and the Cognitive Science of Religion
10.10 John Nerbonne (Groningen): Cognitive and Cultural Perspectives on Language
11.30 Fred Keijzer (Groningen): Meaningful Meaning in Cognitive Science

Lunch break

13.45 Tamás Bíró (Groningen/Budapest): Optimal Religion: An Optimality Theoretic Model for (Jewish) Rituals
14.45 Dimitris Xygalatas (Belfast): Firewalking in the Balkans: High Arousal Rituals and Memory

Friday, 7th April 2006

9.00 Gerd Theißen (Heidelberg): Cognitive Analysis of Early Christian Kerygma and Wisdom As Part of a Psychology of Early Christian Religion
10.00 Risto Uro (Helsinki): Prolegomena to the Study of Early Christian Ritual
11.30 István Czachesz (Groningen): Complex Systems, Social Networks and the Success of Early Christian Religion

Lunch break

13.45 Harvey Whitehouse (Belfast): Religious Universals and Religious Variation
14.45 Kelly Bulkeley (San Francisco): The Wondering Brain: A Pluralist Approach to Religion and Cognition