2015 Conference Program

The Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School held the 4th annual "Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion.” The multi-day event hosted 128 students and early career scholars from over 60 graduate programs worldwide. They presented their work in over 30 thematic panels crossing religions traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. The conference aimed at promoting lively interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and "doing" religion.

The keynote speaker was Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. Her talk was entitled "A Problem of Culture: Goldman Sachs in Crisis."

A featured faculty paneled was convened, entitled "Scholars of Religion and the Media," with Ayesha Chaudhry of the University of British Columbia, and Cameron Partridge of Harvard Divinity School, as well as Kalpana Jain, Senior Editor at The Conversation. 

The 2015 conference also featured a Professionalization Roundtable series with three panels: "Applying to Ph.D. Programs," "Building a Family and an Academic Career," and "Academic Job Markets," with Catherine Brekus of Harvard Divinity School, Christopher Hoklotubbe of Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Courtney Lamberth of Harvard University, Ian Straughn of Brown University, Elias Muhanna of Brown University, Ahmed Ragab of Harvard Divinity School, and Alma Steingart, Harvard Society of Fellows.

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