Call for Applications

The Center for Theologically Engaged Anthropology (CTEA) at the University of Georgia is dedicated to generating and supporting scholarship addressing the question, “What can theology contribute to cultural anthropology?” without forgetting the equally important question, “What can anthropology contribute to theology?” This new field of inquiry entitled Theologically Engaged Anthropology is opening new possibilities for productive collaboration between anthropologists and theologians. To this collaboration, theologians bring a long history of using the intellectual and social resources of their religious tradition to illuminate issues of pressing concern to anthropologists. Anthropologists bring their own traditions of investigation and a large body of material that demonstrates how religion plays out in people’s lives from all corners of the globe and living in a wide range of social and material circumstances.

Through the support of the John Templeton Foundation the CTEA is inviting current anthropology or theology graduate students and recent graduates to apply to participate in one of two mini-conferences being held in Atlanta, GA on September 18, 2017 and Oxford, England on October 30, 2017. A total of eight participants will be invited to participate. While participants will only attend one of the mini-conferences, the goal of both mini-conferences is to generate papers to be included in a special journal issue that will focus on Theologically Engaged Anthropology. Specifically, participants will use theology and anthropological theory to interpret their ethnographic fieldwork data and write a paper to illustrate the advantages of anthropologists and theologians using theology and anthropology to better understand religion. Each participant will benefit from feedback from senior anthropologists and theologians and the opportunity to meet other participants using a theologically engaged anthropological framework for their research. More information about the CTEA can be found at

Research Support

An honorarium of $600 will be paid to participants upon submission of their fully edited paper by November 26, 2017.
Participants will need to fund their transportation, housing, and food expenses for the mini-conferences.
Participants will receive feedback on their papers from an anthropologist and a theologian from the following list of founding CTEA fellows: Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Brian Howell, Derrick Lemons, Alister McGrath, Martyn Percy, Joel Robbins, and Don Seeman.


Pursuing or recently completed a degree in Theology, Anthropology, or a degree that combines both theology and anthropology.
All graduate students must have completed their fieldwork and qualifying exams. Post-graduate anthropologists and theologians must be within two years of their graduation.
Applications must be emailed to and received by June 30, 2017.


Read an advanced copy of Theologically Engaged Anthropology.
Provide transportation, housing, and food expenses for the mini-conferences.
Provide a conference draft of their paper by September 1, 2017.
Provide the final paper to be included in a special issue journal by November 26, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the director of the CTEA, Dr. Derrick Lemons, at

CTEA Mini-Conference Participant Application

Due Date: June 30, 2017

Email Application to Dr. Derrick Lemons at


Fieldwork Completion Date:______________ Graduation Date:________________        


Phone:________________________________ Email:__________________________________

Mark the following mini-conference that would you prefer to attend:

Atlanta, GA:_____     Oxford, England:_____          Either:______

300 Word Abstract of Paper:

Please explain in 300 words or less why you are a good candidate for the mini-conference: