Academy

The Center for Mind and Culture dedicates part of its energy to investigating key academic fields operating within the mind-culture nexus. Our main focus is a kind of mirroring: creating the means for researchers and educators in the fields we engage in understanding their operative values and practices, and thereby to be more deliberate in setting policies and reforming academic practices. We describe some of the projects along this branch of the Center’s work below.

Field Mapping Projects

Field Mapping Projects

The Center curates databases of publications in a variety of fields and uses those bibliographic databases to map key fields at the interface of mind and culture. These include Human Healing and Wellbeing; Ecological Ethics; Cognitive Science of Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies; and Theological Studies. Years active: 2007–Present.

Key Personnel

 
PhilosophyofReligion.org

PhilosophyofReligion.org

This site explores big questions in philosophy for scholars and students. At PhilosophyOfReligion.org, the Center is asking philosophers of religion to tell us what philosophy of religion can offer to the modern university, considered either as a whole or through the lens of one or more university disciplines. Occasionally we will also ask an intellectual working outside the field of philosophy of religion to venture to tell philosophers of religion what they ought to be doing. Last year we witnessed a fabulous response to our challenge to look inwards and say what our field is and does, and we’ll soon present our analysis of those creative blog contributions. This year we are looking outwards as well as inwards, asking philosophers of religion to tell us how our field can impact the university or specific university disciplines. Our blog is full of fascinating contributions of this kind. Years active: 2013–Present.

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Teaching Modeling and Religion to Humanists

 

Teaching Modeling and Religion to Humanists

The Center is working with the University of Agder in Norway and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center to examine how the transformative methods of modeling & simulation can be made available to scholars in humanities disciplines, from literature to history. Years active: 2016–Present.

Research Partners

 
Values in Scholarship on Religion (VISOR)

 

Values in Scholarship on Religion (VISOR)

VISOR aims to gather information about the actual values held by contemporary scholars of religion across a wide variety of sub-disciplines. The Center receives no funding for VISOR and project members volunteer their time. The VISOR team intentionally seeks out consultation and advisement from experts with diverse religious and political opinions to supplement the variety represented by our team members. Years active: 2015–Present.

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