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2011 Seminars

From Worldview to Worship: The Liturgical Turn in Cultural Theory

Directed by Dr. James K.A. Smith
June 20 - July 8, 2011

No Longer Accepting Applications.

Application Information

Who may Apply
This seminar could appeal to a wide range of scholars and practitioners, and we’re hoping to bring together a team of both.  For scholars, the “liturgical turn” has implications for how we account for and explain religious phenomena in the social sciences (sociology of religion, political science, and psychology of religion), philosophy of religion, and theology.   For practitioners, attention to the" practiced” nature of faith-and hence the religious nature of some cultural practices (“secular liturgies”)-requires renewed intentionality about the shape of worship and spiritual formation.

As such, the seminar aims to bring together a mix of scholars and reflective practitioners to grapple with some of the primary texts behind the “turn to practice” in order to consider the implications of the liturgical turn for their area of research and practice.  The seminar should particularly be of interest to scholars in sociology of religion, political science and political theory, philosophers of religion, and theologians working in liturgy theology and ethics. Practitioners could include pastors and worship leaders, campus ministers, even perhaps artists, writers, and journalists.  Advanced PhD students are welcome to apply.

How to Apply
To apply, an applicant must submit the application form. In addition to general applicant information, the application form will require:

  1. Curriculum vitae or resume
  2. A cover letter indicating your interest in the seminar, particularly how your prior research, training, and/or ministry experience is relevant to the theme of the seminar, and an indication of a project that will be relevant to the seminar. The "project" should simply be either a trajectory of research or area of ministry that you will be rethinking in light of the seminar themes. For example, a sociologist of religion might describe a particular research project; or a philosopher of religion might consider how reflection on these themes might impact the teaching of a relevant course; a worship leader or campus minister might note an area of ministry that will be reconsidered in light of these discussions; etc.
  3. Contact information for two (2) references (letters of recommendation are not needed)

You will receive an email confirmation within 10 days of submitting your complete application. If you do not hear from us, please call us to determine whether your complete application has been received.

The application deadline is January 14, 2011. Participants will be selected after the application deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2011.

The application process is closed.


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