Working Groups


Five working groups of faculty members and graduate students convened to explore the integration of religion into the study of academic disciplines. The working groups consisted of scholars drawn from the University of Notre Dame and other leading universities. The five working groups (and their principal conveners) were: History and Religion (Brad Gregory), International Relations and Religion (Michael Desch and Daniel Philpott), Literature and Religion (Susannah Monta), Music and Religion (Peter Jeffery), and Sociology and Religion (Christian Smith).


Each working group had on average two graduate student participants from Notre Dame taking part in each of their four meetings. Each working group explored three questions important to its discipline; many of these questions sought to prompt analyses of how scholarship now intersects with religious knowledge in their respective disciplines and may point to future research agendas. Beyond issuing specific reports, the groups fostered the creation of wide-ranging networks of scholars.