Being Human

What it means to be human is a matter of renewed urgency today. As we are pressed by advances in technology and biology, on the one hand, and by rapid social and political change, on the other, theology and religious studies promise a space of reflection, perspective, and new possibilities. Funded by grants from the Luce Foundation and the Office of the Vice Provost at Indiana University Bloomington, the Center for Religion and the Human supports interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research on religion which attends to these new realities while being rooted in IUB’s traditions of excellence in humanist, social-scientific and historical scholarship.

The Center had its formal launch on September 26, 2019. The first issue of American Religion is out now!

Apply to the Being Human Summer Institute. We seek applications from early-career scholars for a series of four-day workshops that will take place during the second week of August each year and maintain the same cohort for a three-year cycle (2020-2022).

CRH launches new award for books about science, religion, and nature

The Iris Book Award

The Center for Religion & the Human, established at IU Bloomington in 2019, has granted its first Iris Award, a new book prize created to honor outstanding work offering new insights into the meaning of being human in relation to science, religion, and nature.

The award-winning book is The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell. The book also won a John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing and was chosen as a Best Science Books of 2017 by NPR’s Science Friday.

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"Yes, that's me": Embodiment, Performance, and Pedagogy

Monday, February 17 (9-10am, SY 224)

The second installment of Teaching Religion in Public: Practice follows the Center for Religion and the Human's production of ShakeshafteTRiP will convene to consider different modes of embodied performances and their publics. While we hope you will have enjoyed the performance of Shakeshafte, having attended is not necessary to participate in this workshop.

Professor M. Cooper Harriss and Ph.D. student Joe Decker, both Shakeshafte cast members, will provide opening remarks for our breakfast session. What kind of pedagogical practice is a performance (and vice versa)? Or, more concretely, how does Shakeshafte teach religion in public? What do we teach and what is learned when we speak in somebody else's voice? Participants are invited to consider Harvard Professor Jeffrey Wilson’s case for #PublicShax and performance as public scholarship on Twitter.

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Events for Spring 2020

This spring we will host two reading groups: four mornings with Teaching Religion in Public (TRiP) on the theme of Practice and four evenings with The Creation of Race: An Interdisciplinary Reading Group. 

April 13-14: The Iris Book Prize Workshop 

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