The Institute of Buddhist Studies, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, is inviting proposals from scholars of religion from across the academic disciplines and theologians from diverse traditions to participate in a three-year research initiative and series of meetings addressing the impacts of technology on human relationships.
Through the Public Theologies of Technology and Presence initiative, thirteen theologians and scholars of religion will receive grants of $10,000 each to support individual research projects on technology and interpersonal presence. Grant recipients will gather yearly to share and hone their research and its applications, explore opportunities for collaboration, and take advantage of significant Silicon Valley and media resources.
The initiative seeks to identify and cultivate new models of public theology (broadly construed) that powerfully address a central concern of contemporary life: the ways in which technology reshapes human relationships and alters how people are or are not "present" to each other.
Applications are welcome from scholars from across the academic disciplines who study any religious tradition, and from theologians from all religious traditions, including traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam that are underrepresented in theological study. Applicants must have completed the PhD or terminal degree by the time of application.
See the Institute of Buddhist Studies website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.