The Consortium on Pilgrimage Studies is led by the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William & Mary in conjunction with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The first workshop and organizational meeting was held at Georgetown University in February 2011. The consortium began with over thirty chartered American and Canadian colleges and universities that teach pilgrimage studies in any department or discipline. Membership in the consortium can be renewed on an annual basis for individuals and institutions.
Pilgrimage studies in the US and Canada have grown exponentially in recent years, especially with renewed enthusiasm for exploring the now revitalized Camino deSantiago first hand. There are over 40 identified colleges and universities that organize research experiences on the Camino for their students, but with a great deal of duplication of effort and significant burdens on faculty on each campus. Still other colleagues are intrigued but have yet to launch a curricular initiative for their students.
Our Consortium brings together a community of scholars from diverse fields – religious studies, anthropology, Hispanic studies, art history, kinesiology, medieval history, sociology, etc. –to develop a minimum consensus curriculum to be taught on each campus. Undergraduate and graduate students from members of the consortium are eligible to apply to a summer study abroad program in Santiago de Compostela starting in 2012. The dates for the first seminar will be May 21 - June 29, 2012. Application information for the summer research seminars can be found here and applicants will be eligible for student scholarship stipends based on a statement of need and the quality of their research proposal.
Members of the Consortium will have access to notes and presentations from the annual meeting through our Blackboard website. In addition, this site currently contains additional materials of interest inlcuding a master bibliography as well as sample syllabi from other members of the consortium which can aid in curricular development among the various institutions of the consortium.
- College of William and Mary, Virginia
- U of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama
- Georgetown U, Washington, DC
- U of Florida, Florida
- Western Michigan U, Michigan
- Alma College, Michigan
- College of Saint Benedict-St. John’s U, Minnesota
- U of Southern Maine, Maine
- U of The South (Sewanee), Tennessee
- U of Louisville, Kentucky
- Fordham U, New York
- Davidson College, North Carolina
- Hanover College, Indiana
- State U of New York at Geneseo, New York
- Roanoke College, Virginia
- Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota
- Washington U in St. Louis, Missouri
- Wake Forest U, North Carolina
- U of New Mexico, New Mexico
- Lander U, South Carolina
- Old Dominion U, Virginia
- Indiana U of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State U, Virginia
- McMaster U, Ontario, Canada
- U of Michigan, Michigan
- U of Minnesota-Duluth
- King’s U College, Ontario, Canada