Collaboration and Conference Grants

Upcoming Lilly National Network Conferences 


  

Vatican II and Higher Education: Leading Forward

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Registration is now open. For more information and to register, click here.


Christianity and Core Texts at Global/Cultural Crossroads

Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania

The Grove City English Department invites participants and presenters to an in-person Lilly Fellows Program Regional Conference: “Christianity and Core Texts at Global/Cultural Crossroads,” held on campus at Grove City College on March 30-April 1, 2023. The conference will include plenary addresses by graphic novelist and artist Gene Luen Yang and scholar Dr. Susan VanZanten.

Describing the vexed position of the Christian in a postcolonial nation, Ghanaian theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye writes, “What is specifically Christian is irresistible. But Christianity in Africa began by confusing Christianity with European culture” (Inheriting Our Mothers’ Gardens 39). Christianity has often been mistaken for and sometimes presented as a purely Western phenomenon, but this has never been the case—Christian communities like the Ethiopian Church and the Saint Thomas Christians of India trace their roots back to the time of the apostles. This fact is becoming ever more apparent today as the demographic center of even Western Christianity shifts eastward and southward. If, as St. Paul says, the Gospel is “a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles,” then Christianity presents a challenge to the conventional wisdom of any culture or nation. Christianity is not inherently more compatible with Western culture than it is with any of the cultures of the East or the Global South. How might American scholars and American students, especially those who also find Christianity “irresistible,” understand and learn from Christian thinkers and treatments of Christian communities in these global texts? 

We invite scholarly or pedagogically focused 15-20 minute conference papers centered on the relationship between Christianity and a primary text or core work from a non-Western tradition, including works of literature, philosophy, theology, history, and the fine arts. Proposals (250-300 words) should be sent to cctconference@gcc.edu by January 13, 2023, and center around one or more of the following approaches:

Pedagogy:

  1.      Approaches to teaching global/non-Western texts that engage with Christianity in a church-related academic context: How might global texts defamiliarize the Christian faith or broaden students’ perspective on Christianity?
  2.      Approaches to reading global texts in a diverse classroom: How do our pedagogies engage students from diverse backgrounds, including Black, indigenous, Latino/a, and other students of color, in an American classroom?
  3.      History of Christian missions and texts/reading practices: How have readings of primary texts from global traditions informed missions or the global church body? Can a text be a substitute or a motivator for an encounter with a Christian community from a different culture? What might make these approaches fruitful or problematic?

Scholarship:

  1.      Christianity and Culture: How do global communities interpret the gospel within their own cultural contexts and historical moments?
  2.      Missions and Colonialism: How has Christianity been presented in colonial and other contexts as a “Western” religion, and what have been the effects?
  3.      Postcolonial Theories and Theology: How might postcolonial theories and understandings of colonial subjects invoke harmonies and/or tensions with Christian understandings of the human person, human flourishing, etc.?
  4.      Global Scholarship and Christian texts: What is the benefit for scholars to be engaging with non-Western assessments of Western Christian works? For instance, what can we learn from studying the reception and study of Dante in India or Aquinas in Japan?

Conference information and schedule (once available) will be provided at the following website: https://www.gcc.edu/Home/Academics/Majors-Departments/Arts-Letters/English/Christian-Writers-Conference


Description and Guidelines for Lilly Network Collaboration and Conferences

 

Lilly Network Collaboration and Conference Grants represent a flexible category of programs that brings together faculty and administrators from different institutions in church-related higher education. Collaborations invite a small group to consider a topic of concern or interest in a workshop setting, while conferences bring together a large group of faculty or administrators (possibly along with students or community members) to examine a common concern or topic of special significance to the group. The focus, character, and constituency of the conference or collaboration may vary to suit the needs of the applicant, within the general guidelines listed above. Previous successful conferences and collaborations have focused on issues facing schools in a particular region, student life issues, various theological or denominational traditions in higher education, an array of topics in liberal and professional education, and issues of civic and public concern to the Christian intellectual community.

 

Funding is available at $12,500 each for any number of Lilly Network Collaborations or Conferences taking place in the academic year following the application. It is expected that in many cases the host institution or group of institutions may also contribute to funding the conference. Institutions that have already received a grant in this category are eligible in the same category three years after the original grant was awarded. Nevertheless, at present, such schools can re-apply for a Lilly Network Collaboration or Conference Grant if the application demonstrates that the proposed project addresses a different audience than the previously funded one. Applications are due September 15 each year.

Application to host a Lilly Network Collaboration or Conference

Learn more about past Lilly Network Collaborations and Conferences here.

 

Noteworthy News

September LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for September 2022 is now available. Click here.


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The Lilly Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2025 Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship on November 29, 2022. For more information or to apply, click here.


Call for nominations for the 2023 LFP Book Award

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Announcing the winner of the 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize

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Grove City College Regional Conference March 30-April 1, 2023

Grove City College's regional conference entitled "Christianity and Core Texts at Global/Cultural Crossroads" will take place March 30-April 1, 2023. For more information and a call for papers, click here.


Announcing the 2023-2025 Lilly Faculty Fellows Program

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2023-2025 Lilly Faculty Fellows Program for mid-career faculty leaders across all disciplines to engage the intersections of Christian thought and practice with the academic vocation. Click here for more information and to apply.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.


New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.