Carolyn Chen Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Carolyn Chen recently sat down with Rachel Min Park to discuss “The Work of Salvation, the Salvation of Work: Searching for Belonging in an Age of Global Precarity.” Below you can find Carolyn Chen’s top resource recommendations on the topics of work, capitalism, and religion: The Time Bind: When Work …

Arlie Russell Hochschild Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Arlie Russell Hochschild recently sat down with Rachel Min Park to discuss “Crossing Divides in a Precarious Future: The White Working Class and the Upcoming General Election.” Below you can find Arlie Russell Hochschild’s top resource recommendations on the topics of the American right, the polarization of politics, and the …

Niklaus Largier Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Niklaus Largier recently sat down with Nir Feinberg to discuss “The Textures of the Soul: Isolation Throughout History and Religion” (video recording coming soon!). Below you can find Niklaus Largier’s top resource recommendations on the topics of religion, history, and isolation: The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks …

Thomas W. Laqueur Resource Recommendations

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Thomas W. Laqueur recently sat down with John Handel to discuss “From Providentialism to Epidemiology: Understanding Pandemics through History.” Below you can find Thomas W. Laqueur’s top resource recommendations on the topics of democracy, religion, medicine, government, and death from a historical perspective: Plagues and People, William McNeill Blindness as …

Announcing BCSR’s Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program, BCSR’s Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic brings together scholars and the public to address the current pandemic and its commensurate crises. Asking what it means to live, write, and think in the present moment, these conversations explore the intersection between religion and timely topics such as the environment, public health, elections …

BCSR Receives $500,000 Grant from Henry Luce Foundation for Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program

Miranda Schonbrun

Now in its eighth year, UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion appreciatively announces that it has received a $500,000 grant spanning three years from the Henry Luce Foundation to examine how theology has influenced, and continues to influence, democratic practices. Professors and BCSR Co-Directors Karen Barkey (UC Berkeley) and David Marno (UC Berkeley), and Professor and BCSR Co-founder Jonathan Sheehan (UC Berkeley), will be the Principal Investigators. …

Message from the Directors

Miranda Schonbrun

Dear Friends of BCSR,

We hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and well as we return to a fall semester unlike any in recent history. Facing unparallelled challenges from the pandemic, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion endeavors to grow our scholarship and community. We want to thank all of you who continue to support us, and to give you an update on the Center’s new programs and exciting initiatives. …

Faculty Accomplishments from Spring and Summer 2020

Miranda Schonbrun

BCSR is proud to share a sample of recent accomplishments, publications, awards, and news from affiliated faculty from spring and summer 2020. Please join us in congratulating our affiliated faculty members Robert Alter, Karen Barkey, Robert Braun, Charles Hirschkind, Ethan Katz, Henrike C. Lange, Rita Lucarelli, Joanna Picciotto, Ronit Stahl, Jonathan Sheehan, and Francesco Spagnolo on these achievements! …

New BCSR Website and Social Media

Miranda Schonbrun

We are proud to share that over the summer we made some updates to the BCSR website and social media presence in order to boost the visibility of the study of religions at Berkeley. Be sure to like/follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates! …

Fall 2020 Religion Courses

Brandon Schneider News, Research

Be sure to check out BCSR faculty and affiliates’ fall courses related to religion, spanning diverse fields including Buddhist Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, German, History, Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and South and Southeast Asian Studies! …

Postponements: BCSR Events Spring 2020

Brandon Schneider

Due to ongoing changes designed to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion regretfully announces that the following events have been POSTPONED until further notice. …

Recent Alumni Spotlight: Basit Iqbal

Brandon Schneider

As part of our ongoing interview series, BCSR recently caught up with Basit Iqbal, who was a 2018 recipient of a BCSR summer research grant. He is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He received his PhD from the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology with a designated emphasis in critical theory in December 2019. …

Grad Student Spotlight: Madeline Lesser

Brandon Schneider

As part of our series spotlighting UC Berkeley graduate student research, BCSR recently had the opportunity to sit down with Madeline Lesser, a PhD student in English. Her dissertation is titled “Bad Prophets: the Aesthetics of Uncertainty in Revolutionary England.” BCSR: Could you tell us about your doctoral research topic more broadly and how you feel it contributes to the study of religion? …

Faculty Achievements from Fall 2019

Brandon Schneider News

Fall 2019 was an excellent and busy semester for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion’s affiliated faculty. BCSR is proud to share a sample of recent accomplishments, publications, awards, and news from affiliated faculty from the fall 2019 semester. Please join us in congratulating our affiliated faculty members Carolyn Chen, David A. Hollinger, Rita Lucarelli, Diego Pirillo, and Francesco Spagnolo on these achievements! …