The Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners. This year's plenary speakers include:
Steve Knowles is Senior Lecturer in Religion and Popular Culture at the University of Chester, UK. He specializes in the areas sociology of risk, digital media and contemporary apocalyptic ideology with current research examining ideas of gnostic non-knowing in risk society. He is the author of Beyond Evangelicalism: The Theological Methodology of Stanley J Grenz, as well as co-author of Transforming Exclusion. He is currently writing a core text for SCM Press on religion and spirituality (forthcoming 2015) as well as undertaking research for a monograph on apocalyptic ideology in a culture of fear. He has also written on popular music and religion as well as representations of fundamentalism in digital media.
Francisco Mena is a Professor at the National University of Costa Rica. His areas of expertise include intercultural study of the New Testament, popular education, intercultural education, and the exegesis of religious texts. In his latest research, Francisco examines the Gospel of Mark and how it relates mythologically to the construction of Jesus’ identity. He is the author of Los Tejidos del Caos: Hermenéutica Bíblica desde América Latina (2010), La carta de Santiago. Guía de Estudio (2012), El Texto Como Caos: Relectura Apocalíptica del Subjuntivo "Caminemos" en Ro 6.4c (2005).