Logos 2020: Washington, DC

What: A summer workshop on museums, biblical texts, vocation, and the Christian mind that is offered by SCIO with funding provided by Steve and Jackie Green
Where: Online in partnership with Museum of the Bible
When: Programme dates: 1 – 12 June 2020
Enquiries: please email [email protected]


The workshop is primarily intended for graduate students (including graduating seniors who will begin advanced studies in Autumn 2020) and Logos alumni who have completed their education. Applicants should be working in Biblical-related studies with a special focus on ancient texts and manuscripts, museum studies and education programmes, history of the Bible, reception history, ancient languages, and related disciplines. Applicants should be considering a vocation in one of these academic fields.

We are delighted that the Museum of the Bible will be hosting the Logos 2020 Workshop. Logos 2020 will make use of the Museum’s holdings, curatorial staff, classroom space, and laboratories. Subsequent Logos Workshops will alternate each year between Washington, DC and Oxford (Logos 2021 to be held in Oxford).

Logos offers an opportunity to be taught by experts in the fields of curation, text preservation, history, theology, textual studies, and museum studies and education programmes more broadly.

Logos 2020 in Washington, DC comprises the following components: 

Lecture series:  Curating texts and current issues in textual studies

This lecture series will engage curating issues such as provenance, presentation, and preservation and will use Museum of the Bible as a textbook. In  this course of lectures, experts will also 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.

Lecture series:  Museums – Presenting the Christian past and present

This lecture series will investigate the many ways Christianity is presented to the public in museums, taking advantage of the workshop’s presence in a museum-rich city, and in particular its immediate venue, Museum of the Bible. Museums offer an interface between scholarly investigation and public perceptions, and these lectures will consider the ways curators present both objects and ideas to convey particular narratives, both to enlighten and to entertain. Lecturers will lift the veil to discuss the many issues – academic, ideological, ethical, practical – which concern those who run museums, with a focus on the way in which the Christian past and present are presented, whether explicitly or more subtly, in museum displays.

Lecture series:  The vocation of Christian scholars on the public stage

A central aspect of Logos is a series of discussions in which participants learn from the experience of others about the intersection of faith and vocation in public life as a vital responsibility of scholars regardless of academic field.  These discussions enable students to hear what it is like to apply a scholarly Christian vocation outside of the constraints of the academy.  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 on studying manuscripts in ancient languages

Students  will elect to participate in one of a range of seminars, depending on the language appropriate to their research focus. Possible seminars include Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Ethiopic. Making use of Museum holdings, these seminars will 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

The programme will include engagement with other museums and their curatorial staff. More information will be available soon.

Learning from peers

The 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 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.

Logos alumni

Students who have previously participated in a Logos Workshop from 2012 are encouraged to apply. Alumni will play a full part in the workshop, and their prior experience will contribute to each year’s Logos group. Some will be asked to present an account of their scholarly work to participants. Logos alumni will also be given the opportunity to present their current research. 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 alumni in prior years were limited, that is no longer the case.

Financial award

Travel expenses as well as housing and meal costs for the two weeks of the workshop will be covered for all workshop participants. Workshop participants will also receive a generous stipend.

Housing and meals

Housing and meals will be provided for all participants (including international attendees). Lunches will be catered by Museum restaurants and dinners by local restaurants. Participants will stay at the Dellenback Center, owned by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The Dellenback Center offers eight fully functional student apartments, several study spaces and common areas, and is located approximately 8 blocks from the US Capitol. For more information on the facilities, please visit this link.

Visas for participants

For those who require visa to enter the USA, SCIO and Museum of the Bible will assist in visa application, but the visa is the applicant’s responsibility.


Please follow this link to access the Logos 2020 application. A reminder that the deadline to submit an application is 11:59 pm GMT (British time) on Sunday, 16 February 2020.

Guidance for referees

An information document for the use of referees is available here.

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