Logos in Oxford

*Please note: Applications for Logos 2019 will be available online in early December. 

A summer workshop on biblical texts, vocation, and the Christian mind

Offered by SCIO with funding provided by Steve and Jackie Green and offered in cooperation with the Museum of the Bible

To be held at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
Programme dates: 29 May–12 June 2019

This workshop is limited to graduate students (including graduating seniors who will begin advanced studies in Autumn 2019) working in Biblical-related studies with a special focus on ancient texts and manuscripts, history of the Bible, reception history, ancient languages (with a Biblical focus), and related disciplines. Working on Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative projects is no longer a prerequisite, though students working on Scholars Initiative Projects are particularly encouraged to apply.

Logos in Oxford offers an opportunity to be taught by academic experts in the fields of history, theology, and textual studies. Attendance at a Logos workshop is a requirement for those wishing to apply for a Yamauchi Award.

The award of a place at Logos in Oxford 2019 will cover travel to and from Oxford (including air travel), as well as board and lodging during the workshop. In addition, participants will receive a generous stipend. Up to thirty places are available in 2019.


Logos in Oxford comprises the following components: 

Lecture series: Oxford, scholarship, and the Christian mind

Over the course of the University of Oxford’s history numerous figures who made a great impact on the history of the church were educated and spent significant parts of their professional careers there. Although the role of these figures in a wider historical context is well understood, the part played by university education in their development, and the way in which their professional involvement in the academy shaped their lives, is not always appreciated. The same can be said of how their faith influenced their scholarship. The University of Oxford changed very considerably between the fourteenth and the twentieth centuries, but the educational and academic ethos nurtured there have always been distinctive. This course of lectures examines some remarkable individuals to come out of the university, and teases out how their ways of thinking, and what they preached and wrote, were conditioned by this very particular context.

Lecture series: current issues in textual studies
In this course of lectures experts will discuss specific areas in which the reading of manuscripts and the editing of texts prove particularly contentious, difficult, and interesting. This will enable students to investigate divergent academic fields, some of which will not be familiar, and to learn how to face methodological challenges and apply them in their own areas of interest.
The vocation of Christian scholars in the modern university
A central aspect of Logos takes place in a series of discussions in which participants learn about the intersection of faith and vocation in the experience of senior Oxford scholars from various academic fields. These discussions enable students to hear what it is like to pursue a Christian vocation as an academic in an international research university. A more informal setting promotes discussion and helps those considering an academic career to consider the challenges involved and to encourage one another with advice and insight.
Text seminars
Students will elect to participate in one of a range of workshop-style seminars, dependent on the language appropriate to their research focus. Available seminars include Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, and if sufficient numbers warrant, Syriac, Aramaic, and Ethiopic. These text seminars focus on issues of papyrology, codicology, prosopography, and curating. In these seminars experts will present in a detailed fashion the practices and challenges involved in dealing with a particular class of documents. This will give the opportunity to study documents in depth. Students will also practice reading documents together, making the workshops an eminently practical element of the programme.
Academic excursions
Included in the programme are day-long academic excursions. One will be to St Albans, whose abbey produced some of the most interesting and vibrant books of medieval England. The great abbey church still stands, dedicated to the first Christian martyr of Britain, and also visible are numerous remains of the Roman city of Verulamium, which underlies the modern town. The other excursion will be to Cambridge, giving a chance to see the other ancient university city of England and in particular to visit the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, a unique treasure house of religious texts which document Christianity in England from the arrival of St Augustine of Canterbury up to the Reformation, the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library, and Tyndale House, a centre of biblical scholarship.
Learning from peers
The Logos workshop is an opportunity for young scholars from a wide variety of institutions to meet and share common enthusiasms and interests. Although the participants will be involved in many different, but broadly related areas of study, common ground is found in the desire to understand the use of texts in scholarly enterprise and to investigate the role of the Christian scholar. Participants will include Logos Fellows (students who have already attended Logos workshops) who attend and lend their experience, in particular presenting their research to the workshop. Previous participants have gone on from Logos to significant graduate, postdoctoral, and professional posts, written scholarly books together, and participated in a broad range of other academic enterprises.

The programme includes substantial and meaningful interactions with senior scholars from Oxford, Cambridge, and other British institutions.

Living in Oxford
Students will be accommodated in The Vines, a large late-Victorian house on Headington Hill, 1.5 miles from the centre of Oxford from the gardens of which are splendid views of the Oxford spires. The house has common areas where residents can relax and enjoy each other’s company, as well as an attractive 1.5 acre garden, filled with trees planted by its first owner, a professor of botany – perfect for a game of croquet. The Vines is a 35-minute walk away from Oxford city centre along a beautiful route which C.S. Lewis used to follow to get from his home to his college.  Others may prefer the 5-minute walk to the nearest bus stop, with buses passing by every 6–7 minutes. The Vines is equipped with broadband internet, a large kitchen, laundry facilities, and bathrooms for every 2–3 rooms.
This programme focuses on supporting advanced students studying full time in the areas of biblical and textual studies who are already engaged in graduate work or will begin graduate work in Autumn 2019. While students working on Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative projects are especially invited to apply, application is open to all. The programme is intentionally Christian-focused and is intended for those who are advancing in their studies with a commitment to the historic Christian tradition as represented by the great creeds. As such it is indeed ecumenical, welcoming a wide array of Christian traditions. These students are invited to apply to attend Logos in Oxford. Up to thirty places are available in 2019.

Alumni/Logos Fellows: while in previous years up to five places have been allocated to Logos Fellows coming to Logos for a second time, there is no longer a cap. In revision developed this year, Logos will focus particularly on encouraging a continuing community of young scholars.

The award of a place at Logos 2019 will cover air travel to and from Oxford, as well as board and lodging during the workshop. In addition, participants will receive a generous stipend.

Logos Fellows
Students who have previously participated in a Logos workshop from 2012 to 2018 are encouraged to apply. They will play a full part in the workshop, and their prior experience will contribute to the Logos 2019 group. Some will be asked to present before the workshop participants an account of their scholarly work. They will also be ready to support the running of the workshop in practical ways, taking some responsibilities particularly during excursions. It is to be hoped that by returning to Logos they will further their engagement with textual studies and Christian learning, and that they will be able to share their experience in these matters with other participants.

Please note: while the places allocated to Logos Fellows in prior years was limited, that is no longer the case.