2020 ICS Undergraduate Workshop

May 28 to 30, 2020

The Institute for Christian Studies is currently soliciting proposals for a three-day undergraduate workshop on the themes of evil, resistance, and judgment. Consideration of these themes is inspired by the work of political theorist Hannah Arendt, but we welcome papers on various thinkers and approaches. Questions we hope to consider include but are not limited to the following:
  • What are the theoretical underpinnings to contemporary approaches to evil, resistance, and/or judgment? And how can they help us navigate the ethical and moral complexities of our times?

  • Can judgment(s) be shared or practiced uniformly across diverse religious, political, socio-economic, and ethnic communities or is judgment necessarily contextual? 

  • How might certain texts help to frame the variety of both violent and non-violent modes of resistance currently operative in the world?

  • Is evil a relevant concept in secular societies? 

  • How might philosophical reflection help religious communities rediscover the spiritual and intellectual resources of their traditions that could awaken our ability to judge?

  • How can communal judgment awaken hope and reveal novel possibilities for resistance and action?
Selected participants will have the opportunity to present their own work before peers and receive feedback from ICS faculty and graduate students, making connections and “learning the ropes” of the scholarly enterprise at the graduate or professional level. The workshop is a great opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students who might be interested in deepening existing lines of research and pursuing new ones with guidance from budding and established scholars in disciplines such as philosophy, theology, religious studies, etc.

The call for papers deadline is MARCH 16, 2020. For more information, click on the following links: