UVA Emerging Scholars Religious Study

Elisabeth Becker-Topkara's picture
June 12, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Humanities, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology, Women's & Gender History / Studies


The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia invites applications for a four-day residency workshop on “Speaking About—Not For—Religion” in Summer 2019.

This workshop is part of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion’s Project on “Religion and Its Publics,” which is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and is overseen by Project codirectors Dr. Paul Dafydd Jones and Dr. Charles Mathewes. Applicants will have received their doctorate in the social sciences or humanities, with a focus on the study of religion, in the last five years (i.e., from Spring 2014 onwards). The Project selection committee also welcome applications from graduates who are clearly ontrack to receive their PhDs by June 2019. Applicants should have research and teaching interests in the study of religion from a social scientific, humanistic, or other broadly non-confessional perspectives; they will also have interests in the ways in which various “publics”—religious and nonreligious—relate, overlap, and transform one another. We are seeking to gather a group of scholars whose interdisciplinary sensibility is matched with an abiding interest in the complex interface between religious commitment and public life. We also hope to represent work on diverse religious traditions, as well as equally diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of religion. The workshop format will be that of an intensive seminar, running from June 12 to June 15, 2019, and will be held at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants will undertake focused readings, share work, and plan collaborations on academic projects of mutual interest. They will also be invited to participate in the work of “Religion and its Publics” through publications of an academic nature, as well as pieces for the Project’s blog. Around ten emerging scholars will be selected from the applicants. The Project will cover the costs of room and board for the entirety of their stay in Charlottesville. Each applicant will also receive an honorarium of $1000 to cover travel expenses and other miscellaneous costs.

To apply, send the following materials to relpublics@virginia.edu by February 15, 2019:

• A letter of application (no more than two pages) that includes a clear statement regarding

your research agenda, publication record or plans

• An up-to-date vita

• A 1000-word statement on “Speaking About—Not For—Religion” as it relates to your

scholarship, and that indicates specific topics and issues that you would be interested in

addressing during the residency workshop

• The names and contact details for three recommenders, who can attest to your academic

abilities and interests

Questions about the workshop may also be directed to relpublics@virginia.edu

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Elisabeth Becker 

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