The Indiana University Center for Religion & the Human is pleased to announce that co-directors J. Kameron Carter and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the initiative “Unstately Black Religion: A Three-Year Study.”
The initiative builds on a series of seminars held throughout 2021, some of which were supported by Sciences Po in Paris, France, and by Indiana University’s Global Gateways Network. “Unstately Black Religion” provides funding for three years of workshops for a group of international scholars interested in the potential of “unstateliness,” or thinking beyond the logics of the liberal state, especially through Black religion as a site of otherwise possibilities.
With Carter and Sullivan as co-principal investigators, other key participants include Spencer Dew (Wittenberg University and the Ohio State University), Constance Furey (IU Bloomington), Carlos Manrique (Universidad de los Andes), Nadia Marzouki (Sciences Po), and Noah Salomon (University of Virginia). Each year of “Unstately Black Religion” will follow a theme: poetics, politics, and place. Four workshops will take place on the IU Bloomington campus, one in Paris, France, and the final workshop in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Center for Religion and the Human was established in January 2019 under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research as a home for the $1M “Being Human: Public Scholarship as Theological Anthropology” awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation to Constance Furey, Lisa Sideris, and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. The Center receives continued support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the College of Arts & Sciences at IU Bloomington. We are grateful for the continuing generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.