Submission deadline: January 5, 2024

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The project Concepts of God and the Variety of Theisms in Indian Traditions: Towards a Theistic Theory of Consciousness is an initiative that has as general goals (1) to philosophically reconstruct concepts of God in Indian theistic (or theistically inclined) traditions, namely from Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shakti, Sikh, indigenous or other religious perspectives on the subcontinent, and (2) to investigate the extent to which issues explored by such traditions can contribute to the philosophy of consciousness. It is supported by funding totaling $260,000 from the John Templeton Foundation.

As part of the project, we will organize a paper incubator: a systemized and sponsored mentorship program designed to help junior and mid-career philosophers and scholars of Indian studies to develop submitted papers proposals into publishable articles. Each selected researcher will work in cooperation with a tutor, who will help the candidate transform their text into a high-quality publishable article. Each successful applicant will receive a grant of $ 3,000. They will have 18 months to write their article, which must be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Each researcher must present their work in at least one of our three conferences (a bonus of $ 1,000 will be given to those who attend the conference in person). The grant will be awarded through bank transfer, on which bank and federal revenue fees may apply.

Proposals must be written in English in the form of an extended abstract of a maximum of 2,000 words, clearly describing (1) the problem that will be addressed, (2) the context in which the problem has been approached (preferably through a brief literary review), (3) the goal of the paper, and (4) the way the proponent wants to achieve this goal. The proposal should also contain (5) a list with the relevant bibliography. The general intended approach must be consistent with analytic philosophy of religion. Proposals must address some of the questions and general goals of the project. Applicants must be PhD candidates, or have completed their PhD within a maximum of 6 years. We welcome proposals both from philosophers and Indian Studies scholars. The proposal must be sent along with a summarized CV of the applicant to [email protected] by January 5, 2024. The list of selected proposals will be posted on the website on January 15, 2024. In total, 12 proposals will be selected, 6 of which will (ideally) be from Brazilian scholars.

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