BCSR Welcomes Visiting Scholar Anna Hennessey

Brandon Schneider

Anna Hennessey joins BCSR as a Visiting Scholar through September 2020. Anna Hennessey is a San Francisco author and scholar whose work explores the religious, artistic, and philosophical dimensions of birth. Her recent book, Imagery, Ritual, and Birth: Ontology Between the Sacred and the Secular (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) explores ways in which religious imagery is secularized and re-sacralized during the contemporary …

New History of Religion Course this Spring

Brandon Schneider

Ethan Shagan, a BCSR affiliated faculty member and winner of the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, will be teaching the new course History 20: Introduction to the History of Religion this spring. The course will introduce students to the history of religion from the earliest written records to the modern world, including the monotheistic traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, the …

New Additions to the BCSR Advisory Board

Patty Dunlap News

Now in its seventh year, BCSR recently added several new members to its advisory board. Robert Braun (Sociology), Stefania Pandolfo (Anthropology) and Ronit Stahl (History) will join current board members Charles Hirschkind, Asma Kazmi, Niklaus Largier, Joanna Picciotto and Jonathan Sheehan, and BCSR co-directors Karen Barkey and David Marno. Robert Braun combines archival work with geographical information systems to study civil …

Karen Barkey Named New Co-Director of BCSR

Patty Dunlap

BCSR is proud to announce that Karen Barkey has joined David Marno as Co-director for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. Karen succeeds Co-founder Jonathan Sheehan, whose leadership has been pivotal in establishing BCSR and ensuring the success of the $1M grant in Public Theology from the Henry Luce Foundation, now in its final year. Jonathan will continue to serve on BCSR’s advisory board …

The Political Theology Network’s Dissertation Workshop (Application Deadline September 10)

Patty Dunlap

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a very generous grant to help launch and develop the Political Theology Network. The grant includes a project geared specifically to graduate students in the area:  The Political Theology Network’s Dissertation Workshop. A brief word about the initiative: The Dissertation Workshop will award up to 5 grants of $500 each for students who will …

2019-20 BCSR New Directions Cohort Announced

Patty Dunlap News

For the fourth consecutive year, BCSR faculty will mentor an intellectually diverse set of New Directions in Theology grant winners throughout the academic year. 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 …

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

Patty Dunlap

We have good news regarding one of our most successful program, the New Directions in Theology Grants. BCSR recently received an extension of funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, which supports the Berkeley Public Theology Program, and will be able to continue the New Directions program for another year. New Directions in Theology grantees participate in a cohort of students …

Message From the Directors, 2019

Patty Dunlap

May 2019 Dear Friends of BCSR, 2018-2019 has been an exceptional year for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. We’d like to bring you up to date on our current and planned activities, and thank you for helping to make this year such a success. Our biggest efforts and events revolved around the third year of programming from …

Grad Spotlight: Simon Brown

Brandon Schneider News

An ongoing series on current and recent Berkeley grads working on religion. As part of our series spotlighting UC Berkeley graduate student research, BCSR recently had the opportunity to sit down with Simon Brown, a doctoral candidate in European History. His dissertation is tentatively titled “Useful Subjects: English Practical Divinity and Useful Knowledge from Reformation to Enlightenment.” BCSR: Could you tell us about your …

Missed an Event? Recordings Are Now Available

Patty Dunlap News

The Center has been busy! Recordings of the following events are available on Soundcloud or YouTube. April 25: “‘Doing’ Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls” Ruth Marshall: SoundCloud Recording April 3: “The Creative Repercussions of Counterculture” Haroon Mirza: SoundCloud Recording March 13: “What’s Theology Got to Do With It? An Eighteenth-Century Chinese Emperor Debating Religions and Christianity” Eugenio Menegon: SoundCloud Recording …

Theology and the Public University

Patty Dunlap

For the past two years, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, has convened a series of workshops and seminars concerning, broadly speaking, the place of theology in the university. From the outset, our goal was to challenge narrow conceptions of both secular learning and “theology,” in hopes of fostering robust conversation about …

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

Brandon Schneider News, The Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology

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

Brandon Schneider News

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 …

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

Brandon Schneider News

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, …

5 Questions with New BCSR Co-Director David Marno

Brandon Schneider News

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 …

BCSR 5: Celebrating 5 Years of BCSR Programming

Brandon Schneider News

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 …

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

Brandon Schneider News

…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

Brandon Schneider News

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

Brandon Schneider News

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 …

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

Brandon Schneider News, Research

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’ …

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

jfernandez News

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 …

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

jfernandez News

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 …

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

jfernandez

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 …