Fellowships

Lived Religion in the Digital Age
2018-2019 Research Fellowships


PDF of 2018-2019 Research Fellowship Call

Current theme: Mapping Religion
Call open: November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019
Awards announced: Late January 2019
Expected research period: January – December 2019

Lived Religion in the Digital Age (LRDA) is a new research initiative at Saint Louis University that works with local and regional religious communities, museums, parks, schools, and other civic organizations to develop deeply-considered, multisensory inventories of lived religion. We define the “digital age” as a historical periodization that has conditioned new lived experiences and new modes of understanding the past. Utilizing historical, archival, ethnographic, and digital research methods, LRDA promotes sustained conversation across disciplines, professions, and communities to develop richer understandings of religion (broadly defined to include people, practices, objects, spaces, and ethical, normative, and theological commitments) in place and to develop research models better situated to understand the translation of lived, local experiences into digital products. We are partnering with SLU’s Ong Center for Digital Humanities to build a publicly accessible interactive database of religious life and practice.

We invite scholars trained in religion, theology, anthropology, sociology, history, digital humanities, political science, urban studies, American studies, communication, museum studies, fine and performing arts, and other related fields to participate in these efforts through competitive research fellowships. Awards will be made available to colleagues of all ranks and faculty status, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and other professionals whose work contributes to a multidisciplinary study of local, lived religion in the digital age. Research Fellows will be expected to contribute to the project’s interactive database during their funding period (short-term or within the award year) and may be invited to present their work to the project’s annual academic symposium. For projects funded between January 1 and December 31, 2019, we are especially interested in those that map local religion in creative, responsive, and collaborative ways (for projects beginning in 2020, we anticipate focusing on the theme of “performing religion”). Priority this cycle will be given to projects relating to religion in St. Louis, but projects relating to any locality in the United States are encouraged. No prior digital humanities experience is required.

To apply for this fellowship, please submit 1) a letter of interest (no more than two single-spaced pages) that describes your research project and any prior experience with digital humanities, indicates how this award will be used, and proposes a funding period; 2) an estimated budget that includes the availability or receipt of other funding; and 3) a 1-2 page vita. If you are a graduate student, please also include a letter of support from your advisor. Typical awards will be $500-$1,500 and we expect to make multiple awards each year. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to livedreligion@slu.edu with “Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to Rachel McBride Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies and Co-Director of Lived Religion in the Digital Age, at rachel.lindsey@slu.edu. The deadline for 2019 Research Fellowships is January 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in late January.

Lived Religion in the Digital Age is directed by Dr. Rachel McBride Lindsey and Dr. Pauline Lee and funded through an Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology grant through the Theology Program of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Mapping Religion
2018-2019 Teaching Fellowships


PDF of 2018-2019 Teaching Fellowship Call

Call open: November 5, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Awards announced: January 2019
Expected instructional period: January 2019 – May 2020

The Lived Religion in the Digital Age (LRDA) project of Saint Louis University invites applications from instructional faculty at any rank (including graduate students, adjuncts, contingent, and tenure stream) to support new and/or redesigned courses that address topics, themes, or subjects relevant to the study of lived religion in the digital age. We define the “digital age” as a historical periodization that has conditioned new lived experiences and new modes of understanding the past. We invite applications from instructors whose courses focus on religion in the digital age and from those who use digital tools and methods to better understand previous generations. Examples may include courses that focus on local religion and public life, that incorporate local fieldwork or site visits into course learning assessments, or that utilize digital technologies as principle research and/or teaching tools, among other possibilities. Fellows will have training in religion, theology, anthropology, sociology, digital humanities, political science, urban studies, American studies, communication, history, museum studies, fine and performing arts, or related fields, and may have expertise in any tradition, period, or method of study.

We ask that fellows agree to contribute their completed syllabus and assessments to LRDA and allow the project to post these documents in a pedagogical section of the project website. Through this initiative, we hope to contribute to rigorous and impactful teaching at the intersections of religion, public life, and digital culture.

The 2018-2019 project theme is Mapping Religion. We are especially interested in supporting courses that attempt to bring students into interaction with religious diversity through site visits; urban, community, or neighborhood studies; and/or digital storytelling, including the integration of GIS skills and methods, podcasting, digital journalism, and video editing. Proposals that bring students into meaningful interaction with minority religious traditions through regional exchanges or other immersive opportunities and that seek collaboration with community partners, across disciplines of study, and/or across teaching contexts are encouraged. Joint proposals will also be accepted.

To apply, please submit 1) a brief (2 double-spaced pages) course design that describes the institutional context and includes learning objectives, likely sources and assessments, and expected dates of instruction; 2) a CV from each instructor of record for the proposed course; and 3) a proposed budget that includes other funds received or applied for. If your course involves travel, we request that your course design address your compliance with your university’s student travel policies. We anticipate making multiple awards. Typical awards will be $300-$500. Proposals for awards up to $1,500 will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please email completed applications as a single PDF to livedreligion@slu.edu with “Teaching Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through January 4, 2019, and awards announced in late January. For questions about the fellowship, email project directors Dr. Rachel Lindsey (rachel.lindsey@slu.edu) or Dr. Pauline Lee (pauline.lee@slu.edu).

Lived Religion in the Digital Age is directed by Dr. Rachel McBride Lindsey and Dr. Pauline Lee and funded through an Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology grant through the Theology Program of the Henry Luce Foundation.