The Posen Foundation invites applications for a ten-day intensive seminar examining Jewish secularity from historical, sociological, philosophical and cultural perspectives. The seminar is open to professors, independent scholars and advanced graduate students in Jewish Studies, social and intellectual history, political theory and philosophy, literary studies, and sociology of religion. Graduate students must be advanced to candidacy and include a letter of recommendation from their adviser.
The seminar will be led by David Biale (UC–Davis), Susan Shapiro (UMass–Amherst) and Naomi Seidman (GTU). The program will consist of discussion of common readings and presentations of participants' research. Time will be reserved for participants to work on their own research.
Applicants should submit a 3-5 page research proposal and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please combine application materials into a single attachment.)
Participants will be awarded a stipend of $2000; plus transportation and lodging will be covered.
June 15-25, 2009
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Application Deadline: December 15th, 2008
Suggested categories of research:
-- Religion, State, Secularizations; Secularization and Sexuality; Secularism: the intellectual and social history of an Idea
-- Modernization and secularization in Jewish life during the past 300 years, including: secularization of Jewish thought, historiography, Biblical scholarship; the secularization of daily life, Jewish politics, the emergence of modern national and social movements.
-- Intellectual, political and social underpinning of secularism and secularization in Jewish history, culture and way of life; linkages between secularization and other related processes, such as modernization, democratization, liberalization, pluralism, globalization.
-- Aspects and manifestations of Jewish secularism in the arts, literature, lifestyle and practices. The renewal of Hebrew as a lay language and of secular Hebrew literature; the rise and decline of the secular Yiddish culture in Europe and in USA; Readings in Jewish traditional culture in a secular approach.
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