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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS​

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Program in Religious Studies supports promising PhD students or recent graduates (within 1 year of graduating with PhD and in an teaching or independent research position of some kind) to pursue targeted scholarship in Process-relational philosophy in substantive dialog with any aspect of South Asian traditions and praxis. Projects that engage the Jain tradition are particularly welcome.
Joseph A. Bracken, S. J. (March 22, 1930 – April 13, 2024), was a distinguished figure in the world of theology and philosophy and a significant and beloved figure in the process community. His life and career have been marked by a profound commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the synthesis of complex ideas, carefully negotiating faithfulness to tradition and the novelties of our contemporary situation.
Metaphysics and the Matter with Things was a well spring of humanity. Anchored by the work of psychiatrist and literary scholar Dr. Iain McGilchrist, the conference took its namesake from his recently published two volume set, The Matter with Things. McGilchrist’s masterwork presents a compelling case for what he terms “the hemisphere hypothesis” by demonstrating with exhaustive evidence the phenomenological distinctions between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Joseph A. Bracken, S. J. (March 22, 1930 – April 13, 2024), was a distinguished figure in the world of theology and philosophy and a significant and beloved figure in the process community. His life and career have been marked by a profound commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the synthesis of complex ideas, carefully negotiating faithfulness to tradition and the novelties of our contemporary situation.
Experts from every discipline interested in exploring the many complex social and ethical questions raised by space exploration and the search for life on other planets are invited to attend the first joint meeting of the European Astrobiology Institute and the Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology.
The Journal of Consciousness Studies plans to publish a special issue to mark the fortieth anniversary of David Bohm’s Wholeness and the Implicate Order.
The film Ignatius: The God Seeker is now available in four language versions which were independently produced with experts from the different traditions: English, Italian, Spanish, and German. It was produced in 2023 under the direction of Fr. Christof Wolf SJ and Siegmar Warnecke at Loyola Productions Munich.
Veronika Krajíčková is working on a proposal for the book Understanding Whitehead, Understanding Modernism which would be published under the Bloomsbury series Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism. If you are working in the field of Whitehead and art/aesthetics/literature with the focus on modernism and you might be interested in contributing to this volume!
I am 98, and for that age, my faculties are quite good. While I still can, I am reviewing my “legacy.” It is mixed up with the legacies of many others in the process movement. I rejoice not only that all of the process organizations are engaged in important activities with excellent leadership and genuine sensitivity to the context in which they are acting, but also that they support each other when that is needed. There really is a process community, and I am only one contributor among many.
Drops and Buds, an electronic journal dedicated to the exploration and application of Stanislav and Christina Grof's work, transpersonal breathwork, and the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, is currently accepting submissions.