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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Kurtis R. Schaeffer (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Problems of the Study of Religion

A three-week college and university institute for twenty-five participants on the historical, analytic, and conceptual tools that can be used to study religion.

Our goals for the Institute are simple: we wish to introduce scholars both within and outside the field of religious studies to the enormously productive re-thinking of the idea of "religion" that has occurred in recent years, in order to strengthen their teaching and research. Such an introduction will assist them in developing a richer and more nuanced understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls that come with using the category of "religion" to think and teach about highly diverse manifestations of human discourse, institutions, practices, and communities. The primary activity of the Institute will be close reading and discussion of important contemporary scholarship on the study of religion, complemented both by conversations with noted experts and by pedagogy workshops driven largely by our participants’ research and teaching aims.

Project fields:
Religion, General

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$135,374 (approved)
$120,859 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016