Thursday 30 September 2010

Summer seminar for recent PhD graduates

If you're a recent (2006 or later) PhD graduate, you might like to apply for the Templeton-funded Purdue Summer Seminar on Perceptual, Moral, and Religious Skepticism, which will take place from 8 to 24 June 2011. The general focus is on religious belief, scepticism, and disagreement. Fifteen interdisciplinary participants will be selected (from the fields of theology, philosophy, psychology, or cognitive science); each will receive a stipend of $5,000 to cover travel and other costs. The deadline for applications is 1 December: more details available on their website.

If you'd like to mention any other upcoming events or conferences, feel free to leave a comment with the details.


Michael Rota said...

Here's another conference of interest to academics in theology and religious studies -- both recent PhDs and grad students:

The 2011 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

Recent PhDs and current graduate students are invited to apply to participate in the 2011 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, a three-week long seminar organized by Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers) and Michael Rota (University of St. Thomas). The seminar will be held at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, from June 13th to July 1st, 2011. Participants will receive a stipend of $2900, as well as room and board.

Topics and speakers:

The Fine-tuning Argument

Robin Collins (Messiah College)
John Hawthorne (Oxford)
Bradley Monton (Colorado-Boulder)
Luke Barnes (Dept of Physics, Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)

Evolutionary Explanations of Religious Belief

Justin Barrett (Oxford)
Jesse Bering (Queen's University)
John Greco (Saint Louis University)

Divine Hiddenness

J. L. Schellenberg (Mount Saint Vincent)
Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)

The Problem of Evil

Paul Draper (Purdue)
Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University)

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2010.

For more information, including information on how to apply, go to

Like the Purdue Summer Seminar, this one is also funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Michael Bergmann said...

Just to be clear: the Purdue Summer Seminar mentioned in the main post is also open to ABD graduate students in theology, philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science.

Student said...

The Society of Biblical Literature, Nov. 21-23, 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta Georgia, US.

( my paste if the URL doesn't show. Go to )

SBL's International meeting is in London next year, to coincide with the 400-year celebration of the King James Bible. Scroll down a bit on that site to get the King James link. You don't want to miss Dawkins quote on their main page!

Gogi Andrejc said...

As I read the descriptions, I was wondering whether the Purdue conference is open to those who sympathise and work within a phenomenological tradition as well, or is it assumed that analytic philosophy is the only credible way to seek answers to questions of scepticism which will be addressed at the conference?

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