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This webpage serves as a resource for faculty fellows for key information about the Supporting Structures Summer Workshops in Oxford.


What are the dates of the summer workshops?

The summer workshops for Faculty Fellows will take place in Oxford, UK on 5-16 July 2023 and 10-21 July 2024.

The Presidents’ Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the July 2024 meeting (18-20 July) and will include shared meetings with the Faculty Fellows.

Where will the 2024 workshop meetings occur?

The 2024 workshop meetings will take place at St. Luke’s chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG. This is a quick walk from SCIO’s headquarters at 8 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QB.

Where will I stay during the 2024 workshop?

The main accommodation site for the 2024 workshop will be St. Hugh’s College, one of the University of Oxford’s 44 colleges and halls. Those of you staying at St. Hugh’s will have a single ensuite room in the Dickson Poon Building, and your will eat breakfast at the college each day. Your room in St. Hugh’s has already been booked. You do not need to contact the College to confirm it. 

For further information about College accommodation, please see here. 

I have been told I will receive an accommodation payment. How do I get reimbursed?

At the end of the conference, please provide receipts for your accommodation to Rebekah Wallace ([email protected]) and Pete Jordan ([email protected]) to receive your payment.

Will I need a passport or a visa for the UK, and if so, who is responsible for obtaining it? 

All participants will need a valid passport to travel to the UK. Visa requirements vary according on the country which has issued your passport. Please consult this link for further information 

Each participant is responsible for obtaining a passport and visa and for meeting the legal requirements for travel to the UK.  

SCIO will provide a letter of invitation and support if required.  

Is it possible to book group flights with my family?

As your institution is responsible for your flights, you will need to check all such arrangements with your institution. 

How do I arrange my travel to and from Oxford?

Your institution is responsible for your travel to and from Oxford.

Where can I find more information to prepare for my visit?

Please view the pre-arrival guide here.

Who will be participating in the 2024 workshop?

You can view 2023 participant information here. The 2024 participant information will be updated closer to the workshop.

Who will be leading the 2024 workshop sessions?

You can find information about the 2023 workshop leaders here. 2024 workshop leader information will be available closer to the workshop.

What topics will we be covering in the 2024 workshop?

You can view the 2023 workshop session abstracts here. 2024 workshop abstracts will be available closer to the workshop.

What will be the schedule for the 2024 workshop? 

The 2023 workshop schedule can be found here. The 2024 workshop schedule will be available closer to the workshop.

What preparatory reading do I need to before the 2024 workshop?

2024 Workshop Preparatory Reading:



2023 Workshop Preparatory Reading:

Ard Louis

Watch the first episode of Why Are We Here? (Why Are We Here? – Episode 1 – Meaning)


David Livingstone

Locating Darwinism and Divinity

Read one of the following:

  • David N. Livingstone, Putting Science in its Place: Geographies of Scientific Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), 1-16 (available here).
  • David N. Livingstone, Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics, and Rhetoric in Religious Engagements with Evolution (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), 1-26 (available here).

Science, Scripture, and the Politics of Adam and Eve 

Read one of the following:

  • Blair Nelson, “‘Men before Adam!” American Debates over the Unity and Antiquity of Humanity,” in D.C. Lindberg and R.L. Numbers (eds.), When Science and Christianity Meet (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), 161-181 (available here).
  • Diarmaid Finnegan, “Eve and Evolution: Christian Responses to the First Woman Question, 1860-1900,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75 (2014), 283-305 (available here).


Peter Harrison

Christian Origins of Modern Science

Read Peter Harrison, “Religion and the Rise of Science,” Faraday Papers 21 (2021) (available here).

Science and Scientific Naturalism

Read Peter Harrison, “Introduction,” in Peter Harrison and Jon H. Roberts (eds.), Science Without God? Rethinking the History of Scientific Naturalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 1-18 (available here).


Michael Burdett

Read or listen to L.M. Sacasas, “Taking Stock of Our Technological Liturgies” (available here).

Read or listen to L.M. Sacasas, “Lonely Surfaces: On AI-generated Images” (text available here; audio version available here).


Benno van den Toren

Meera Nanda, “Hitching Dalit Modernity to Anti-Modernist Wagon,” Economic and Political Weekly 36 (2001), 1480-1483 (available here).

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