Research Workshops on Religion & the Built Environment

Applications open September 1 to December 1, 2019

Call for Applications 

Research Workshops on Religion & the Built Environment

Fall Semester 2020 and Spring Semester 2021

The Center invites proposals from researchers in theology, ethics, architecture, and the humanities

In cooperation with the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum

 A distinctive feature of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions is their consistent emphasis upon the goodness of the material world. Creation is portrayed as a realm of blessing and as the terrain upon which divine purposes are being worked out. The manner of our dwelling in this realm of divine blessing is therefore a matter of considerable theological interest and importance. Today, the environmental, social, health, and political challenges facing the global community require new thinking and fresh approaches to our spatial habitation of the world. The ways we construct and inhabit the built environment are fundamental to the flourishing of creation, to human well-being, and to the form and character of our lives in community with others. Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines, and upon diverse traditions of theological and spiritual reflection, this interdisciplinary research workshop will explore the ways in which the built environment - architecturally, symbolically, pedagogically, and sacramentally - can contribute to the realisation of divine purposes of justice, peace, and human flourishing within both society and nature. 

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. Members are provided with furnished short-term residences in Princeton to enable them to work at Luce Hall daily, Monday to Thursday. They cover all other costs, including living expenses and utilities.

Fall Workshop - Full-time in residence from August 24 to December 11, 2020

Spring Workshop - Full-time in residence from January 19 to May 14, 2021 

Apply online between September 1 and December 1, 2019

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