Call for Modules :: Ways of Knowing: 6th Annual Graduate Conference on Religion

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Call for Modules

Ways of Knowing

6th Annual Graduate Conference on Religion

Organized by the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School

October 26-28, 2017


Would you like to design a mini-conference without the worries of publicity, funding, and organization? The 6th annual Ways of Knowing (WOK) conference seeks doctoral students and junior scholars who are interested in designing and moderating a special topic module for this year’s conference.


Organized by the Science, Religion, and Culture Program (SRC) at Harvard Divinity School, WOK is the largest graduate conference on religion in the United States. It is an annual multi-day gathering of graduate students and junior scholars studying religion within a variety of disciplinary frameworks. The conference is comprised of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments.


A module is organized around a specific theme pertaining to the study of religion, and comprises  three to five panels and one roundtable discussion related to this theme. Each module gathers a group of graduate students who are writing on a particular theme, question, or approach to the study of religion, and provides the opportunity for deeper reflection, conversation, and connection among this group.


Module organizer(s) are responsible for:

1.      Assisting in publicizing their module.

2.      Reviewing and selecting paper proposals for your module and for selecting a chair and discussant for each panel session

3.      Organizing a module roundtable that provides a forum for discussion on the module’s topic.

WOK staff can support module organizers in facilitating intellectual exchange among panelists before, during, and after the conference. This might include pre-circulating papers or scheduling a time for panelists to meet informally during the conference, among other possibilities.


To apply, please send the following materials by March 3, 2017:

1.      Your name(s), institution(s), degree program(s), and research fields. We welcome and encourage collaborative efforts. Teams of two or three scholars are welcome to submit a collaborative proposal.

2.      Module description: 500 words. Please explain the theme that you propose to explore and its scholarly significance.  We are open to a wide range of topics, themes and disciplines. We particularly encourage thematic explorations that cross a variety of disciplines and traditions in the study of religion as well as interdisciplinary explorations. For last year’s special topic modules, please visit our conference website at

3.      Curriculum vitae(s).

Please send proposals and inquiries to We look forward to hearing from you!

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