Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum

Forum Humanum Claremont Conference Grants

2020 Call for Papers

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Each year the Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference brings together thinkers from different religions, traditions, and academic disciplines to discuss one particular theme in the fields of Religion, Theology and Philosophy of Religion. The theme of the 41st conference will be Autonomy, Diversity and the Common Good. The conference will be held at Clare­mont Graduate University, Claremont, California, on February 6-8, 2020. Speakers will include: Clare Carlisle (King’s College London); Jörg Dierken (Halle); Nils Ole Oermann (Lüneburg / Oxford); Joseph Prabhu (Cal State LA); Michael Puett (Harvard); Hartmut von Sass (Berlin); Francis Schüssler Fiorenza (Harvard); Linn Tonstad (Yale); Graham Ward (Oxford); Elliot Wolfson (UCSB).

The Udo Keller Foundation Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PHDs (not earlier than 2015) to participate in the conference. The grant is meant to cover all expenses. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend the conference on Friday and Saturday and to present a paper (15 double-spaced pages) on the topic of the conference. To create space for the discussion of their contributions, a pre-conference seminar will be held on Thursday, February 6, on the same topic as the main conference. All grant recipients will be expected to participate in this seminar and introduce not their own but one of the other papers for discussion. Five papers will be chosen for publication along with the conference contributions in the Claremont Studies of Philosophy of Religion (Mohr Siebeck Tübingen).

We invite doctoral students and recent PhDs to submit a one-page CV and a 5-page abstract of their proposed paper on the topic of ‘Autonomy, Diversity and the Common Good’ (word, double-spaced, anonymous for blind review).

See the conference page for a more detailed description of the topic. Applications should be sent by email to

Ingolf U. Dalferth
Department of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

by August 31, 2019 (midnight Pacific time). Please also cc your application to block.marlene@gmail.com. Applications will be blind reviewed by an international committee of scholars. Recipients will be notified in October. Drafts of the papers are due by January 15, 2020.