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

Italian Academy, Columbia University

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 …