New Directions in the Study of Prayer

Finalists’ Symposium

On March 30 and 31, 2012, a symposium was held in New York City for the finalists in the New Directions in the Study of Prayer Research Initiative. Each finalist project was presented by its respective principal investigator. The symposium provided participants with a unique opportunity to gather feedback on their projects from their peers and fellow finalists, as well as from the advisory committee. This feedback will be instrumental as finalists move forward with their projects and submit full proposals later this year.

Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

On February 6-7, 2015, the SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere program hosted the capstone conference for its New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) project. Over the course of two days, more than 60 participants gathered at the Italian Academy at Columbia University for a series of panels and roundtable discussions that addressed topics ranging from religious technologies to the intersection of religion and politics to the challenges and rewards of covering prayer and religion in journalism. Among the many presentations on Friday was a discussion of “Prayer Machines,” one of several interdisciplinary collaborations that developed out of the NDSP