Independent Scholars in Religious Studies: connecting with academicians

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Following the first two paragraphs of this post is the announcement of a conversation that I will convene during the upcoming annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.  If you are engaged in Religious Studies, broadly defined, you already will know those two large organizations.  The purpose of this conversation is to connect independent scholars with academicians in collaborative relationships.

My reason for posting this announcement here is to urge that H-Scholar itself ought to enlist those who serve in academic institutions.  Why?  Sometimes we complain that we don't have the support of the academy even for such simple privileges as library usage.  But it does us no good to gripe among ourselves.  The gulf between us independent scholars and the academy will be bridged only when are in conversation with academicians who will help us and who in turn want to receive our help.  Can we H-Scholar participants find teaching faculty and others to join our conversation?  I invite replies to this.    --Ray Kibler III, Independent Scholar in Church History and in Ecumenical Theology and History + Claremont, California

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AT AAR/ABL in San Diego: Never Too Late!  A conversation for independent scholars and academicians

With support from the National Council of Independent Scholars (NCIS), Never Too Late! will be a conversation for independent scholars and academicians held during the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature meetings (SBL) meetings on Sunday, November 23 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Marriott Marquis-Marriott Hall 6.  Then, all participants will be invited to continue the conversation over dinner at a nearby restaurant; location to be announced.

This conversation welcomes independent scholars with accomplished service outside the academy and its related institutions, along with academicians who might be interested to converse with these scholars.  It is to explore how these teachers might be of help to independent scholars who have not enjoyed the institutional support that is available to academicians.  It also is to explore how, in turn, these independent scholars might be of help to academicians who are too burdened with administrative duties to have sufficient time and energy to complete their scholarly projects.  As a highlight, the resources of the NCIS will be featured.  To follow, networks for independent scholars and academicians together will be formed.  While conversations during future AAR/ABL meetings will be encouraged, networks via electronic means will be formed to gain the widest participation of scholars and academicians possible.

This conversation will benefit scholars: a) who hold at least one advanced degree within Religious Studies, broadly defined, but are disconnected from working relations with academic faculty in their fields; b) whose personal income is secure from retirement benefits, family resources, or such, so that need for employment is not at issue; c) who completed their programs so long ago that what they learned then (to collaborate with academy on projects, to publish their first book and/or journal articles, and such) is out of date now; and d) who want to benefit from and in turn to contribute more to organizations that support academic institutions, such as the AAR and SBL.

Though “standing room only” can be accommodated, only twenty seats around the meeting table can be provided.  Please contact the organizer of this event to register your participation.  Questions and comments always are welcomed.  See you there!

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Ray F. Kibler III, Ph.D., D.Min. + Claremont, California + ray.kibler.iii@ecunet.org

Ecumenical (Faith and Order movement) Contributor
Independent Scholar in Church History and Ecumenical Studies