The Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion (DESR) is pleased to announce our spring 2023 courses that count towards the core and elective requirements for the DE. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the DESR, with core and elective options in South & Southeast Asian Studies, Comparative Literature/German, History, Public Health, Buddhist Studies, Jewish Studies, Anthropology, and Social …
Berkeley News Article | Crisis of Faith: Christian Nationalism and the Threat to U.S. Democracy
Berkeley News is examining threats to American democracy in a new series drawing on the expertise of UC Berkeley scholars. One article from the series, Crisis of faith: Christian nationalism and the threat to U.S. democracy, features several professors involved with BCSR alongside colleagues specializing in law, political science, and sociology. Read contributions from BCSR Co-Director Carolyn Chen (Ethnic Studies), …
American Academy of Religion Western Region (AAR/WR) 2023 Annual Conference | Call For Papers
The American Academy of Religion Western Region (AAR/WR) is the largest and most diverse region of the American Academy of Religion. Its annual conference will be held in person at UC Davis, March 24-26, 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity for all scholars to network and present their research on the religion, especially for those in Northern California.
Call for Applications: New Directions in Theology Grants for Graduate Students
For the Spring 2023 semester, BCSR is offering eight fellowships of $3,750 each for graduate students to explore the relationship between democracy and theology through a focus on religion and health. Led by two BCSR faculty members (Ronit Y. Stahl and Munir Jiwa), students will meet bi-weekly to read key texts in the history of religion, explore research topics, and …
Invitation to Submit Proposals for BCSR Graduate Student Working Groups
The BCSR invites proposals for graduate student working groups focusing on a specific topic in the study of religion, such as ethnographic approaches to religion, African religion, or poetry and religion, etc. The purpose of the working groups is to offer graduate students of religion a supportive interdisciplinary community to share work, discuss readings, and meet religion scholars.
APARRI Announces Research and Working Group Grants
The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) will be supporting the growth and development of scholarship and public knowledge on Asian Pacific American religions. These initiatives serve three primary interrelated functions: building and diversifying scholarship, strengthening the academic pipeline, and promoting public engagement. Research Grants Overview The Asia Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) Research Grant supports scholarship that …
BCSR Graduate Student Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 5-6:30 pm
554 Social Sciences Building, Barbara Christian Conference Room
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Open House)
Please join us for the BCSR’s Graduate Student Open House! Come meet fellow graduate students studying religion, co-directors David Marno and Carolyn Chen, and learn about opportunities to create BCSR-funded working groups. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Message from the Directors
Dear Friends of BCSR, This past year brought us back together for lectures, conversations and working groups, and we want to recognize the faculty, students, visitors and audiences whose dedication enriches our intellectual community. The study of religion, at its best, brings together scholars and publics in dialogue, and the work of our colleagues and affiliates with BCSR has made …
Congratulations to the New DE in the Study of Religion Students
The Graduate Group in the Study of Religion is thrilled to welcome the latest cohort of the DE in the Study of Religion. The new cohort includes graduate students from Berkeley departments in the humanities. Please join us in welcoming our two new DESR students! Hu Hsu is a third-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University …
Faculty Spotlight: Ethan Katz
Ethan Katz was educated at Amherst College (B.A., History & French, 2002) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., History, 2005; PhD, History, 2009). He is currently Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also is the co-founder and co-director of the Antisemitism Education Initiative. Before coming to Berkeley, he taught for eight years at the University of Cincinnati, and for one year as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Spotlight Interview with CICI Faculty Director Debarati Sanyal
BCSR was delighted to speak recently with Professor Debarati Sanyal, the new Faculty Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry (CICI), which supports BCSR. She is Professor of French and affiliated with Critical Theory, The Center for Race and Gender, and European Studies. Her research and teaching interests include critical refugee studies; aesthetics and biopolitics; human rights and humanitarianism; postwar French and Francophone culture; transcultural memory studies; Holocaust studies; critical theory; and 19th-century French literature.
DESR Fall 2022 Courses Announced
The Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion (DESR) is pleased to announce the fall 2022 courses that count towards the core and elective requirements for the DE. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the DESR, with core and elective options in Buddhist Studies, French, Hebrew, History, History of Art, Italian, Rhetoric, and Scandinavian. For more information on fall …
BCSR Receives $1,000,000 Grant from Henry Luce Foundation for the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI)
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is pleased to announce a $1,000,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of a 4-year project with the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI). This grant will support APARRI in its mission to advance the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific American religions and to ensure the legacy of …
Rolling Deadline: Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion Applications
Applications for the Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion are now accepted on a rolling basis. Program Description: The Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion (DESR) supports graduate training in Religious Studies and in the Theory of the Study of Religion, promotes graduate research on topics related to religion, and brings together a cross-disciplinary faculty Group in the Study …