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2012 Seminars

Religion, Modernity, and the Hermeneutics of Science
July 8 - 21, 2012

Directed by:
Peter Harrison, University of Queensland

Sponsored by various funders

Applicant Information

Who may Apply

Prospective participants will submit applications describing their teaching duties and their readiness for this kind of professional development.  Seminary faculty and church pastors might also be admitted as seminar participants, provided that they submit competitive applications emphasizing their teaching roles in this topical area. 

Faculty of non-Christian institutions are welcome to apply provided they are aware that the seminar's discussion and acitivites will proceed from a Christian framework. Much of the content will involve Christian theology and church history, and the pedagogical issues that get raised are likely to address the mindsets of Christian students. Applicants from non-Christian institutions should indicate that they are comfortable working with this framework and should describe how it could actually be of significance to them in their specific situations.

Church pastors whose work connects significantly with these themes are also welcome to apply.

Participants will be expected to be active listeners, thoughtful readers, inquisitive discussants, and conscientious teachers.  Each participant will be asked to submit a brief reflective statement within a year of the seminar.  This statement may be as short as 500 words and should describe how the seminar influenced the participant’s thinking, teaching, and (possibly) scholarly writing.

How to Apply

To apply, an application will consist of:

  1. A curriculum vitae or resume
  2. One page statement describing your teaching responsibilities in the area of science and religion and your expectations as to how the seminar will benefit your teaching and scholarship.
  3. One professional letter of reference is required from your chairperson or dean. The letter should address the applicant's work (teaching and possibly research) in this subject area, the institutional need for faculty development along these lines, and a commitment to pay for the applicant's travel costs. This letter should be addressed to Dr. Matthew Walhout, dean for research and scholarship, and emailed to

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 has been extended to February 10, 2012. 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 2012.

To Apply

The application deadline was February 10, 2012. Thank you for your interest. Information regarding Summer 2013 Seminars will be posted in the fall.


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