We invite early-career scholars to apply for the Being Human Summer Institute, 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).
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, it is our conviction that theology and religious studies promise a space of reflection, perspective, and new possibilities. Because theology and religion are inspired as much by what we don't know as what we do, they enable the sort of open-minded thinking we urgently need right now.
The Being Human Summer Institute is part of the “Being Human” project, funded by the Luce Foundation’s Public Theology program and directed by Constance Furey, Lisa Sideris and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, at Indiana University Bloomington. The Institute is hosted by the Center for Religion and the Human at IU-Bloomington. The Center convenes the resources of theology and religious studies to create multiple collaborative venues for public-facing scholarship animated by a shared interest in the humanity, post-humanity, and inhumanity of the world we inhabit.
The Being Human workshops will provide the time and space for a cohort of ten early-career scholars to read and write religion beyond existing genres and rubrics. We are seeking applicants interested in working collaboratively, thinking experimentally, and communicating with and from diverse publics (including non-scholarly and different scholarly publics). Applicants need not be scholars of religious studies. Rather, we encourage applications from scholars in a variety of fields whose work engages religion or theology not as authoritative systems, but as modes of inquiry.