The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society is dedicated to connecting faculty, incubating research and creative activity, and promoting the awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics, and values. The Consortium is pleased to announce a new initiative: The Religion and Ethics Seminars, a set of faculty-led, yearlong seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, morality, and values. We invite proposals for seminars to run during the spring and fall semesters of 2017.
The Religion and Ethics Seminars
- There will be multiple topical seminars running concurrently within the IU system.
- Each seminar is co-led by two IU faculty members from different departments, units, or campuses. Seminar participants may include other faculty members, students, or community members. They are intended to be interdisciplinary.
- Each seminar addresses a topic of shared concern related to religion, ethics, or values. Examples might include religion and medical decision-making, environmental ethics and local action, Islam in the public sphere, global business ethics, art and the public good, legal ethics, faith communities and urban engagement, the moral obligations of the public university, or ethical dilemmas of information technologies.
- Seminars meet six times over two concurrent semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall)
- Seminars may be organized toward objectives relating to research, collaboration, practical problem solving, creative activity, teaching, and/or public outreach. Proposals for a seminar should describe the topic, goals, activities, potential participants, and views of success.
- Each faculty co-leader receives $1000 in their research account to recognize their organizational contribution to the seminar. (Faculty co-leaders outside IU administrative systems, such as those at IPFW, will receive direct payments.)
- Seminars receive a commitment of $2000 to cover operating expenses, including hospitality, support for outside speakers, and/or logistics. Receipts for expenses will be submitted for reimbursement.
- Additional funding may be requested for specific activities.
- Successful seminars will be eligible for renewal.
The application deadline for the Spring-Fall 2017 funding cycle is November 3, 2016. All efforts will be undertaken to make funding decisions within two weeks.
Proposals should include the following information:
- Seminar title.
- Faculty co-leaders. For each leader, include information about department, school, and campus along with a brief biographical sketch.
- Seminar description. Describe the topic of the seminar, highlight how the topic is connected to religion and/or ethics, and how those connections will be engaged in the seminar.
- Seminar activities and objectives. Describe the projected activities of the seminar and how those activities relate to the seminar’s larger objectives. (Note that the six seminar meetings need not all be of the same type.)
- Seminar success. Describe how the success of the seminar will be evaluated in the eyes of the leaders.
- Anticipated participants. For illustrative purposes, list some names and/or types of anticipated participants, including university-affiliated participants, community participants, and outside speakers/panelists, where relevant.
To apply, click here. Please direct questions to Brian Steensland, Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional information about the Consortium, including events and activities, can be found here.