English Writing Workshop for Young Scholars

January 9–13 (All sessions 8–10am Hong Kong Time) via Zoom

Host: Center on Religion and the Global East, Purdue University

Instructor: Carsten Vala, Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Deadline: Applications must be submitted via email by December 15, 2022. The twelve successful applicants will be announced by December 22.

In January 2023, the Center on Religion and the Global East will offer a writing workshop for junior scholars working on the study of religion in Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean communities. The workshop is designed for advanced graduate students, lecturers, and junior faculty members who are preparing English manuscripts for publication. Day One of the workshop will be a chance for participants to introduce themselves and gain a general overview of the publication process. Day Two will focus on forming research with attention to generating a thesis statement of the article. The following day (Day Three) will offer participants a chance to refine their thesis statements and evaluate the work of fellow participants. Day Four will focus on using concepts well, both to refine concepts and to communicate with a larger scholarly audience. The final day of the workshop will give participants a chance to discuss their research one-on-one with the instructor of the workshop.

This workshop is free of charge for selected participants. To apply please email the following as attachments to Jonathan Pettit, pettit2@purdue.edu :

  • A cover letter with a short introduction to your research and experience learning English. Please be sure to include your name (both your English name and your Chinese, Japanese, or Korean name), your current rank (e.g., graduate student, assistant professor), and institutional affiliation.
  • A sample of your English writing. It can be an article that has already been published, or something that is still in the writing process.