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Seminar on Debates about Religion and Sexuality
June 10-19, 2014
Harvard Divinity School is pleased to announce a summer seminar for scholars, other writers or artists, religious leaders, and activists who are working on a first large project in which they hope to change the terms of current debates around religion and sexuality. For scholars, this project would be either a doctoral dissertation or a first book. For other writers and artists, religious leaders, and activists, it might be a first book, though it might also be a new curriculum, a series of public presentations and performances, or a media piece.
The seminar understands both “religion” and “sexuality” broadly. Though its staff will have done specialized work mostly in “Western” religious traditions and expressions of sexuality, participants’ projects may cover a wide range of religions and sexual cultures. The seminar welcomes various methods in religious studies and theology, from the most focused ethnography or local history to the grandest policy proposal or normative argument. It is also interested in projects about media communication, public policy, religious advocacy, and religious education. It especially seeks participants from outside the United States.
The seminar will be directed by Mark D. Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis) and Mayra Rivera Rivera (Harvard University). Faculty from Harvard and other institutions or organizations will lead sessions in their areas of interest. Large portions of the seminar’s time will be devoted to discussing participants’ writing in workshop format.
Apply to the Seminar
The Seminar on Debates about Religion and Sexuality is limited to 12 participants. Harvard Divinity School will pay for their travel to Cambridge and their lodging and meals during the seminar.
Applicants to the seminar should be working on a dissertation, a first book, or a similar large-scale writing project that is centrally concerned with religion and sexuality.
Applications are due February 5, 2014. Invitations to the seminar will be issued by February 20, 2014. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Religion and Sexuality Seminar
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138