Asian Theological Summer Institute
An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage supported by the Henry Luce Foundation
The Asian Theological Summer Institute is a project of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia supported by the Henry Luce Foundation to identify and encourage Asians/Asian Americans who are focused on theological education at the PhD and ThD level. The Institute functions as a doctoral seminar to test doctoral proposals/projects in the company of guest professors and scholars serving as mentors. This is unique in that it offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study. This project promotes enhanced cultural awareness. (Read about ATSI in LTSP’s PS magazine (pdf), and in a reflection from mentor Kwok Pui Lan, who teaches theology and spirituality at the Episcopal Divinity School and is the author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology.)
The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor, Systematic Theology at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, is program director of ATSI. For more information about ATSI, please contact Rachel Zimmerman, LTSP Faculty Assistant, RZimmerman@ltsp.edu or 215.248.7382.
Who may apply?
The focus of the Institute will be the following themes: Post-colonial theology/studies, Asian/Asian American theological and biblical hermeneutics, and issues of Asian theology/religiosity and pluralism. Doctoral students who are exploring these or other related themes are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. Participation is limited to around 20 doctoral students. Participating students should have completed their course work and be at the stage of exploring their doctoral dissertation proposal.
Tuition & Fees
Thanks to the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Institute charges no tuition and will provide free accommodations and meals to participants. Students are expected to pay for their own travel to and from Philadelphia.
The Asian Theological Summer Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, which is now in its seventh year, seeks to provide a forum for the frank exchange of ideas, networking, and collaborative scholarship among peers and faculty, where as a team we seek to:
- Introduce and Interrogate issues and themes that are of concern to Asians/Asian-Americans studying and working in the North American context;
- Revisit and Revitalize our Asian heritage within an academic setting;
- Deepen and Diversify the many perspectives that can be brought to bear on the areas of our research;
- Learn from one another and Link up with fellow students and scholars, all of whom are working on aspects of being Asian in America today, thereby forming an interlinked network;
- Share and Sharpen perspectives through bibliographical and webliographical resources, pointed questions and comments, and the recognition that we are members of a group interested in each other’s work, research, and writings; and
- Offer and Open avenues for further cooperation and mentoring, both as peers and as faculty, within a shared concern to deepen collaborative scholarship
Comments from previous attendees:
“Thank you for your wisdom and willingness to share your experience and advise to an emerging scholar! The formal and informal consultations and conversations added much depth and breadth to my perspective on how to proceed with my proposal.” Student, ATSI 2011
“Wonderful opportunity. Incredibly generous program. Supportive and nurturing faculty.” Student, ATSI 2010
“The profound company of Asian scholars enlivened my work and spirit. I am grateful for the informal mentoring offered by faculty and participants.” Student, ATSI 2010
“This is a great opportunity to buildup a network among Asian/Asian-American students and faculties. It’s a great place to articulate my project through the interdisciplinary perspectives.” Student, ATSI 2010
“This is where I am heard. No one will ever get an opportunity to interact with several Asian faculty members intensely reviewing a proposal and mentoring individually.” Student, ATSI 2009
“Sometimes it’s easy to feel almost as though you have to suppress your identity, but in a informal and open setting like ATSI you find out not only what others have to offer through their experiences, but what you have to offer to others.” Student, ATSI 2008