In June of 2009, the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (CSRC) will close its doors after six years. The CSRC thanks all the faculty, students, and community members who contributed to its success.
The Center was established
in 2003 by the University to develop, promote, and increase faculty
research at the intersections of religion and culture. Part of a larger
University effort to promote cross-disciplinary scholarship, the CSRC
draws upon faculty from Vanderbilt’s ten schools and colleges
to advance a well-recognized history of excellence in the study of religion
and culture. The CSRC makes use of broad understandings of religion and
culture to engage a wide variety of religious traditions and spiritual
practices in the world’s cultures.
intellectual incubator, the CSRC helps develop projects in these broad
intellectual categories through small grants, graduate fellowships,
and co-sponsorship of lectures, seminars, and conferences. The CSRC
also awards faculty stipends for participation in large group research
projects for up to three years. These groups are primarily comprised
of current Vanderbilt faculty. Beyond funding, CSRC staff, graduate
fellows, and research assistants provide research, administrative, and
publication support for these faculty groups. Finally, the CSRC promotes
the study of religion and culture in the broader public domain by hosting
research conferences and other events.
Study of Religion at Vanderbilt" (pdf) for a detailed
description of Vanderbilt University's programs in the study of religion.
Article -- the CSRC is highlighted as a
vital locus for tackling pressing issues of religion and culture, including
religion and terror, from many perspectives. Dr. Volney Gay, co-director
of the CSRC, notes, "We want dissent. We mant more debate,
not less. We want differences... of thinking and articulation."
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