New Directions in Theology Fellowships: A Reflection by Bernardo S. Hinojosa

Brandon Schneider New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants, Research, Student Impact

As part of the Berkeley Public Theology Program, BCSR rewards promising young scholars from diverse disciplines with $5000 New Directions in Theology grants and faculty mentorship to create and shape a long-term community of inquiry on the Berkeley campus. These first- and second-year graduate students explore new directions for the study of religion in the public university through bi-weekly meetings …

From BCSR Postdoc to Projects on Neoconservatism, Neoliberalism, and Christian Human Rights: 5 Questions with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Yale University

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As part of our ongoing 5 Questions series, BCSR recently caught up with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, the 2016-2017 Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology. Now with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale, Jenkins shared his thoughts on his time at Berkeley and the place of BCSR in the wider religious studies landscape. We also asked about his current and …

Grad Spotlight: Candace Lukasik

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The second in an ongoing series on current and recent Berkeley grads working on religion. [NOTE: This post is best viewed on Medium, where we will post longer-form content] As part of our ongoing series spotlighting UC Berkeley graduate student research, BCSR recently had the opportunity to chat with Candace Lukasik, a PhD candidate in Anthropology studying the Egyptian Coptic …

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Synagogues with Cemeteries, Secret Mosques, Underground Churches, Religion and Countinsurgency: 5 Questions with Jason Klocek, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Notre Dame

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In mid-August Jason Klocek, a former BCSR grant winner and now Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Global Religion Initiative at Notre Dame, walked us through the aforementioned aspects of his scholarly development, part of his wider journey from coal-town Pennsylvania to Berkeley, with with stops in Crete, Turkmenistan, and Washington D.C. along the way. Klocek also discussed his choice of, …

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5 Questions with New BCSR Co-Director David Marno

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BCSR is delighted to announce David Marno’s appointment as new co-director. In his research Marno, an associate professor of English, explores the connections between early modern literature and religious practice, with particular focus on the nature and role of prayer in these contexts. His first book, Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention (Chicago, 2016), analyzes John Donne’s …

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BCSR 5: Celebrating 5 Years of BCSR Programming

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Founded in 2012, BCSR began its first programming five years ago. To celebrate our achievements, and to learn more about the past, present, and future of the Center and the people that make it work, this semester we’ll be deploying this logo and a “5 Questions” series with BCSR community members (and perhaps a couple more “5“-themed initiatives as well …

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Three New Faculty Members Walk into a Center for the Study of Religion…

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…and are warmly welcomed 🙂 Please join us in welcoming three new affiliated faculty members to BCSR. Robert Braun (Sociology), Ethan Katz (History), and Ronit Y. Stahl (History) will join our interdisciplinary community this fall. Robert Braun, Assistant Professor of Sociology, arrives at Berkeley from Northwestern University, after completing his PhD at Cornell in 2017. He has recently completed a …

Message from the Directors, 2018

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Dear Friends of BCSR, 2017-2018 has been an extraordinary year for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. We’d like to give you a sense of our activities, current, and future, and thank you for helping to make this year such a success. Our biggest efforts and events continue to revolve around the three-year, $1 million grant from the …

Buddhism to Islam, Asia to Europe, Antiquity to the Present: BCSR Faculty Members’ Courses on Religion, Fall 2018

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BCSR faculty will offer an array of undergraduate and graduate courses on religion in fall 2018. Covering numerous faiths, regions, periods, and methods, the courses are a testament to the interdisciplinary breadth and historical depth of BCSR faculty. Highlights of such offerings are listed below, a sample of the more than 100 religion-related courses that will be offered at Berkeley …

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Jordan, Lebanon, London, New York, D.C., Madrid, Florence: BCSR Summer Grant Winners Take Their Research on the Road

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BCSR funding will support four graduate students’ research travel this summer. Grants of $1500-$3500, provided with the support of the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, will help students from the departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, and History to conduct fieldwork and archival research in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. The grant winners’ …

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Intellectually Diverse New Directions Cohort to Join the BCSR Community

Brandon Schneider New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants, News, Research

BCSR faculty will mentor an intellectually diverse set of New Directions in Theology grant winners in 2018-2019. Representing eight disciplines, with interests ranging from antiquity to the present, the incoming New Directions students will regularly meet with BCSR faculty to discuss contemporary religious research and to refine their academic projects. The New Directions in Theology grants, part of the Berkeley …

Obituary: Dr. Saba Mahmood, 1962-2018

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A celebration of Professor Saba Mahmood’s life and work will take place on Monday, April 30 from 4:30PM – 7:00PM at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). Please join friends and family in remembering Dr. Mahmood. Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on March 10th, 2018. The cause …

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BCSR’s “March Madness:” Multiday Workshops and More

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March is a big month for BCSR, and a great example of what we offer the campus and the public: innovative work on religion in its various forms and contexts, across geographies and through time. The NCAA tournament doesn’t have anything on our own “March Madness:” We already started off with a bang with a great talk by Joseph Blankholm …

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BCSR to Fund Graduate Summer Research Projects and New Directions in Theology Students

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is accepting applications for two graduate grant programs. Summer Research Grants in Religion offer funding to advanced graduate students working on topics at the intersection of religion and ethics, broadly construed. These grants are supported by the Frank and Lesley Yeary Endowment for Ethics in Humanities, established to support research and scholarship …

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BCSR New Directions in Theology Grants for Second-Year Graduate Students | Call for Applications

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BCSR is offering up to four grants in the amount of $5,000 each for graduate students in their second year of study in 2018-2019.* New Directions grants are provided by BCSR through the Public Theology Program, a critical three-year research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Grantees participate in a cohort of early-career students from diverse disciplines to explore …

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BCSR Announces Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering summer research grants to advanced graduate students working on topics at the intersection of religion and ethics, broadly construed. The grant is supported by the Frank and Lesley Yeary Endowment for Ethics in Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000, and …