BCSR New Directions in Theology Grants for Incoming Graduate Students | Call for Nominations

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering up to four grants in the amount of $5,000 each for graduate students in their first year of study in 2016-17. Grantees participate in a cohort of early-career students from diverse disciplines that explores new directions for the study of religion in the public university. Nominations of incoming students …

Support the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

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What should a conversation about religion look like in a public university? How should a public university foster deeper engagements with the historical and contemporary aspects of religious traditions? How can a public university help students and future leaders understand the changing dynamics of religious and secular life? These are just some of the questions that form the research mission …

BCSR Opens Recruitment for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) announces a postdoctoral fellowship as part of its Public Theology Program. For the academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18, BCSR seeks a top early career scholar to come to Berkeley for one year. The fellowship is dedicated to the furtherance of the very best new scholarship, and in particular the development of …

BCSR’s 2015-2016 Season

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BCSR is pleased to announce its 2015-16 program of public lectures and events. Scholars and artists from a wide range of backgrounds will address diverse topics in religion, from the lives of cloistered nuns in New Jersey, to fifteenth-century Persian painting, to the role of Christians in the articulation of religious identity in the Mongol Empire. The annual Berkeley Lecture …

BCSR Receives $1 Million Grant from Henry Luce Foundation

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund the three-year Berkeley Public Theology Program. For the offical announcement, click here. Please continue to check the BCSR website in the coming months for more information on forthcoming programs funded by this grant.

Twelve UC Berkeley Graduate Students Awarded 2015 Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), an academic center for independent and innovative research in religion, announces the twelve recipients of the 2015 Graduate Student Summer Research Grants. These projects explore a rich variety of topics in religion, from transnational Sufi practices to Puritan theology to the influence of religion on post-war military operations. The twelve recipients …

Politics of Religious Freedom Research Project Website Now Available via BCSR

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The Politics of Religious Freedom (PRF) website is a resource for scholars, students, and practitioners across disciplines interested in research and pedagogy at the intersection of religion, law, and politics. The PRF project was established in 2010 to study the legal and political contestation surrounding religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities in Europe, the United States, the Middle …

BCSR Awards Three Graduate Student Event Grants

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BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, and conferences for public and campus audiences. BCSR has awarded three $500 grants in support of the following, Joseph Albernaz (English) Deus Sive Veruft: Schelling’s Transformation of Spinoza’s God – March 18, 2015 Yitzhak Melamed (Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), will give a lecture examining the …

BCSR Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is offering five to ten summer research grants in the amount of $5000 each for advanced graduate students working on topics in the study of religion, broadly construed. Applications are welcome from all UC Berkeley Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, with preference given to those who are close to completion …