Announcement and Call for Papers
This is the beginning of a tradition of regular, structured, but casual, engagements between graduate students in Religious Studies at UVA and Duke. Our meetings shall alternate between the two schools. We have sufficient funding for this academic year and the next.
Our first meeting will be Fri 2/18-Sun 2/20 2000 at Duke Divinity School. Our topic is Christian thought broadly conceived and whether there is a Christian pedagogy appropriate to the subject matter: what we teach and why and how we teach it. This is not a symposium on "education" like you'd find at an education school. Thus no background in modern or scientific pedagogy is expected or even desired. We encourage graduate students in all programs of Christian thought and practice to propose papers and to attend the meeting. The focus of the Colloquium is Christian doctrinal and moral thought of all ages and genres, but not (strictly speaking) history.
We are especially concerned with how the teaching of Christian thought is affected by our doing this in two different settings: a private university with a seminary (Duke) and a public university without one (UVA). Regardless of your topic, think of your project as the kind of thing you'd offer at an interview, i.e., as a "job talk".
Your paper should be interesting and accessible to specialists and to non-specialists, from tenured faculty to undergraduates. Keep in mind that some of your audience, perhaps even your respondant, may not study of teach Christian thought the way you do. Thus the paper should not be anything like what you'd give or hear at the AAR. Write and deliver it in a style that intends to spark lively conversation among all comers.
The UVA-Duke Colloquium on Teaching Christian Thought is sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, a program at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, which is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis, IN.