Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities 2015–16 is a significant opportunity for 25 early- to mid-level career faculty members from the CCCU and across the globe to experience an enhanced series of summer seminars aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills in science and religion. The project will also provide funding for new opportunities for students at their home institutions and a short conference for presidents of participating institutions.

The seminars, which will take place from 5 July to 1 August 2015 and from 3 to 30 July 2016, will focus on the need for participants to develop the interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the field of science and religion, within the unique setting of Oxford. Theologians, historians, philosophers, and social and natural scientists will explore established and emerging science and religion issues, guided by eminent scholars. The seminars will train a new generation of leaders in science and religion in Christian institutions in North America and in the global south. Participants and those they influence will benefit from the superb resources for this field in Oxford and elsewhere in the UK and the rest of Europe.

Features of the Project

The two month-long seminars, for which each participant will receive a £1,750 stipend each summer, will include:

  • Lectures by eminent scholars in science and religion
  • Mentor sessions with fellow participants and senior scholars
  • One-to-one cross-disciplinary Oxford-style tutorials
  • Workshops on rhetorical, pedagogical, translational, and faith-based Science and Religion issues at participating institutions
  • Excursions to places such as Darwin’s rooms in Cambridge and Francis Bacon’s birthplace in St Albans
  • Cultural activities relevant to addressing the ‘two cultures’ challenge
  • Support for publication of individual research projects
  • Funding for a research assistant for each participant, which will aid the participating scholar and create a valuable opportunity for developing a student scholar at the home institution
  • Funding to establish (or bolster) a science and religion student club at each participant’s home institution
  • A Presidents’ roundtable on science and religion issues from 28 to 31 July 2016,for leaders of participants’ home institutions

Staff and Principal Investigators and Advisory Board Members

This project is made possible by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.