Online Applications for the 2018-2019 Research Workshops on Religion & Inequality will be open on this page from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, 2018


Call for Applications

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