Space, Science & Spirituality

Berlin Workshop

Workshop at the Kolleg Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung
Humboldt University, Berlin
15 June 2012

Exploring Awe and Wonder

Interdisciplinary Conference

6‐7 September 2013
Institute for Simulation and Training
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation’s Research Grant: Space, Science and Spirituality

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The concepts of awe and wonder occupy an important place in the history of ideas, often associated with the beginnings of philosophy and with religious experience. In contemporary times, however, they are under-studied and rarely discussed. It is not clear that such experiences are more rare in our time. One might argue that given our ability to explore more and more corners of the physical and intellectual universe using technology and advanced science, and our capacity for representing the results of such explorations in art, film and various mass media, we should expect that experiences of awe and wonder are more common.

The interdisciplinary conference, Exploring Awe and Wonder, will bring together researchers in psychology, emotion theory, neuroscience, philosophy, art history, religious studies, and other relevant fields to explore the science and phenomenology of awe and wonder. Proposals for presentations in these areas are welcome. A special session on Space, Science and Spirituality is being organized to present current research on the experience of awe and wonder during space flight.

Keynote Speakers

Invited speakers

  • Joerg Fingerhut, University of Stuttgart and "Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment" Humboldt University Berlin
  • Jörg Trempler, Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Yale Center for British Art



Bruce Janz

Phone: 407-823-5408
Department of Philosophy
Center for Humanities and Digital Research
University of Central Florida


Institute for Simulation and Training
Partnership II Building
3100 Technology Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826

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Special discounts are available at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located just one mile from the conference venue.

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Every suite includes a Hot American Breakfast Buffet, Dinner with Beer and Wine Monday-Thursday, Wireless HSIA, fully equipped kitchens, 42’ HDTV’s, DVD players, and much more.