We convene research workshops on global concerns. 



Call for Applications

Inquiry on Religion & Global Issues:

Research Workshops in Princeton on Religion & Economic Inequality

Fall Semester 2019 - Spring Semester 2020

The Center welcomes proposals from researchers in the humanities and sciences

Growing disparities of income and wealth are a global concern. While poverty is a critical issue, our interdisciplinary inquiry focuses on inequality itself, the effects that a difference in income and wealth makes. Theology, philosophy, and religious ethics rightly address the inequalities of status experienced in society. More attention needs to be given to the related issue of economic inequality and the normative questions it raises for the humanities, in dialogue with the sciences.

We welcome proposals that relate scientific questions to our concern with the social and environmental impact of economic inequality. For economists, what does extreme inequality do to an economic system? For sociologists, what is its impact on society? For political scientists, how does it affect political participation? For psychologists, what are its effects on personal wellbeing? How do the life sciences link it to public health? Is religion a variable in all these areas?

We welcome proposals that connect the fundamental human concerns of the humanities with the economic reality of inequalities of income and wealth. Does extreme economic inequality impair a basic sense of human dignity, equality, and belonging in society? Does it raise new questions for theology, philosophy, history, literary studies, or the arts? For example, should the world's religions consider economic inequality a moral issue, as they have poverty and wealth?

The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent research institution in Princeton, NJ, with an interdisciplinary program for visiting scholars who welcome theology's dialogue with other fields.

We convene research workshops, where resident members discuss their work in progress, before presenting it in a concluding symposium with Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion. We waive a monthly housing fee for working and lunching daily together in the Center, Monday to Thursday.  Members cover all other costs.

Fall Workshop - Full-time in residence from mid-August to mid-December 2019

Spring Workshop - Full-time in residence from mid-January to mid-May 2020

APPLY online between September 1 and December 1, 2018



40th Anniversary Public Lecture

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 4:30pm

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm will give the 2018 William H. Scheide Lecture on Global Concerns, with a lecture titled "The Ethical Challenge of the Digital Economy." This event will mark the 40th Anniversary of the founding of CTI in 1978.

Prof. Bedford-Strohm is the Presiding Bishop of the German Protestant Church and Lutheran Bishop of Bavaria. He was formerly Professor of Theology and founding Director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre for Public Theology at Bamberg University. In that capacity he was one of the founders of the Global Network for Public Theology at its inaugural consultation at CTI in 2007.

Location: Luce Hall, the home of CTI in Princeton, NJ


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The Director is pleased to announce the following members of the Center’s Research Workshop on Religion & Violence for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Etin Anwar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Islamic Studies), Hobart and William Smith Colleges, United States

Richard Davis, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, Pacific Theological College, Fiji

Louise Du Toit, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Mark Eaton, Professor of American Literature, Azusa Pacific University, United States

Joel Hodge, Senior Lecturer in Theology, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Pauline Kollontai, Professor of Higher Education in Theology and Religious Studies, York St. John University, United Kingdom

Elisabet Le Roux, Research Director for Religion and Developmental Research, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Ephraim Meir, Professor of Modern Jewish Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Paul Middleton, Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Early Christianity, University of Chester, United Kingdom

Ed Noort, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Hebrew Literature and History of Ancient Israel, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Peter Ochs, Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia, United States

Wolfgang Palaver, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Antti Pentikäinen, Executive Director, Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Finland

Christine Schliesser, Research Associate in Systematic Theology and Ethics, Zurich University, Switzerland

Hannah Strømmen, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Chichester, United Kingdom

Jonathan Teubner, Associate Director of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Conflict, University of Virginia, United States

David Tombs, Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, New Zealand