The Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School held the 5th annual "Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion.” The multi-day event hosted 100 students and early career scholars from 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 Courtney Bender, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Her talk was entitled "Studying Up? A Brief History on the 'Religion of the Future'."
A featured faculty paneled was convened, entitled "On Time: Thinking about Time in the Study of Religion," with Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, Associate Professor of African American Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion, and Director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, Harvard Divinity School.
The 2016 conference also featured a Professionalization Roundtable series with three panels. The first panel was "Applying to Ph.D. Programs" with Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Laura Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard Divinity School, and Joseph Vignone, Ph.D. Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Harvard University. The second panel was "The Job Market" with Emma Williams, Publisher, Elsevier Publications, Bilal Malik, Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Leverett House, and Lecturer of Anthropology, Harvard University, Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and Anne Braude, Senior Lecturer on American Religious History, and Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School. The third panel was "Finding Work/Life Balance in an Academic Career" with Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion, and Director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, Harvard Divinity School, Rebecca Lemov, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and Faye Bodley-Dangelo, Managing Editor of Harvard Theological Review, Harvard Divinity School.