2020 ICS Undergraduate Workshop

Application deadline extended to July 31

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, ICS has had to reschedule this event. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and abide by official health recommendations regarding travel and public gatherings, as well as remain in close contact with applicants about the status of the Workshop. Currently, we have tentatively rescheduled this Workshop for Fall 2020.
Given this new timeline, we have also extended the application deadline to July 31, and we're inviting undergraduates to use this extra time to continue fine-tuning proposals, papers, and ideas and to consider joining our Workshop afresh in the fall! 

 - The Planning Committee

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 the 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.

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the current public health crisis, the exact date for the rescheduled workshop has not yet been finalized, but has been tentatively planned for Fall 2020. The call for papers/proposals deadline has therefore likewise been extended to JULY 31, 2020. For more information, click on the following links: