Call for Modules: Ways of Knowing – 7th Annual Graduate Conference on Science and Religion

October 26-27, 2018, Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School

Call for papers

Would you like to design a mini-conference without the worries of publicity, funding, and organization? The 7th annual Ways of Knowing (WOK) conference seeks doctoral students and junior scholars who are interested in designing and moderating a special topic module for this year’s conference.

Organized by the Science, Religion, and Culture Program (SRC) at Harvard Divinity School, WoK is the largest graduate conference on science and religion in the United States. It is an annual multi-day gathering of graduate students and junior scholars studying science and religion within a variety of disciplinary frameworks. The conference is comprised of thematic panels that cross areas of science studies, religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theoretical commitments.

A module is organized around a specific theme pertaining to the study of science and religion, and comprises three to five panels and one roundtable discussion related to this theme. Each module gathers a group of graduate students who are writing on a particular theme, question, or approach to the study of religion, and provides the opportunity for deeper reflection, conversation, and connection among this group.


Module organizer(s) are responsible for:

1.     Assisting in publicizing their module.

2.     Reviewing and selecting paper proposals for your module and for selecting a chair and discussant for each panel session

3.     Organizing a module roundtable that provides a forum for discussion on the module’s topic.


WOK staff can support module organizers in facilitating intellectual exchange among panelists before, during, and after the conference. This might include pre-circulating papers or scheduling a time for panelists to meet informally during the conference, among other possibilities.

To apply, please send the following materials by February 28, 2018:

1. Your name(s), institution(s), degree program(s), and research fields.

We welcome and encourage collaborative efforts. Teams of two or three scholars are welcome to submit a collaborative proposal.

2. Module description: 500 words.

Please explain the theme that you propose to explore and its scholarly significance.  We are open to a wide range of topics, themes and disciplines.

We particularly encourage thematic explorations that cross a variety of disciplines and traditions in the study of science and religion as well as interdisciplinary

explorations… For last year’s special topic modules, please visit our conference website at

3. Curriculum vitae(s).

Please send proposals and inquiries to We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Posted: February 07, 2018