Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CROSSCURRENTS 2013 Annual Research Colloquium

Spend the month of July in New York working on a research or writing project related to one of the themes outlined belowwith access to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Union, Auburn, and Jewish Theological Seminaries.

Application deadline is March 1, 2013.

The 2013 CrossCurrents Research Colloquium, in partnership with Auburn Theological Seminary, will explore several themes.  Applications from scholars, theologians, activists and artists focusing on one or more of these topics will be accepted:

A. LGBT Theology: Projects that emphasize translating theology for wider audiences; and possibly focusing on international dimensions will be welcomed.

B. Moral Economy / Religious critique of Economic Theory: What is a “moral economy”? Can religious thought interface or dialogue with economic theory? How should religious communities have an impact on economic life?

C. Intersectionality: How does intersectionality theory contribute, if it does, to human thriving, allowing people to move beyond barriers of race, class, gender or sexual orientation? Projects that draw upon or critique the theory of intersectionality will be welcomed as well as those that use the theory in suggestive and groundbreaking ways.

D. Wildcard: applicants may apply for a topic of their own interest.

The Colloquium will bring together fellows (scholars of religion, sociologists, clergy, activists and others) who have worked on these questions and offer them an opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration of commonalities and differences. By creating an environment conducive to research, open reflection and scholarly inquiry, participants are encouraged to learn from others who have studied different or convergent topics, bringing perspectives from their different fields.

At the Colloquium, fellows spend four weeks together, pursuing individual research as well as gathering as a group for focused and facilitated discussions. Those who are selected for a fellowship are referred to as "Coolidge Scholars" after William A. Coolidge, the principal benefactor of this program. Each Coolidge Scholar works on his or her own project, but benefits by being able to collaborate with others. The collegial relationships that develop within the group are a crucial element of this program and one of its distinctive aspects.

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