August 5-8, 2019
July 19-22, 2021
The core of the Worship Project are two workshops. Each of the two workshops will be broadly devoted to a distinct theme.
Year 1: Worship and the Divine
For the first workshop we will fund research that explores the question, What might make someone or something worthy of worship and another unworthy? This touches on a number of related questions: What is worship, and how does it differ from other attitudes, such as deference, respect, and honor? Is there an attitude that is the “opposite” of worship, and is it ever appropriate? If God exists, what should our attitude be toward God? Would God’s existence make a difference to how humans ought to live? Why would a divine being call upon others to worship it? Does anyone have the authority to mandate worship? Can more than one thing be worthy of worship? And are we in a position to know the answers to any of these questions?
Year 2: Worship and the Human
For the second workshop we will fund research that explores the question, In what ways might worship be constitutive of a good life? This too touches on a number of related questions: Does it ever make sense to worship someone or something? Is it ever ethical to engage in worship, and is it ever unethical not to engage in worship? How might attitudes like worship and deference contribute to a meaningful relationship among worshippers and between the worshippers and the thing that is worshipped? When might such attitudes be detrimental? What conception of human flourishing might lead to a role for worship, and how might worship play that role? What conception of communal flourishing might lead to a role for communal worship, and how might worship play that role? What role do icons and iconography play in a good life?
Call for Abstracts
The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2019 summer workshop has passed. Please check back in December 2019 for the call for abstracts for the 2020 summer workshop.