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 …

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 …

Message from the Directors, December 2017

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As we wrap-up the semester, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support of BCSR. Whether you participated by attending a lecture, donating, or simply by reading our newsletters, we appreciate your connection to our program. This fall was a very productive semester, with important events dedicated to ritual, Protestantism in the U.S., the senses and …

BCSR Announces Call for New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grant Nominations

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is pleased to announce the New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Up to four awards in the amount of $5,000 are designated for incoming graduate students in their first year of study in 2018-2019. The New Directions in Theology award supports promising incoming graduate students with high potential for interdisciplinary …

Religion Courses on Offer by BCSR Affiliated Faculty for Spring 2018

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Among the courses on offer next semester are three courses charting the rise and development of western Christianity and its expansion to the Western Hemisphere. These courses, taken together, explore how Christian history has come to shape modern society. History of Christianity to 1250 CE. HIST 185A. (200 Wheeler, TuTh 9:30-11). Taught by Susanna Elm (History) Description: The course deals …

BCSR Welcomes Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology Yunus Dogan Telliel

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Yunus Doğan Telliel is the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology for the 2017-18 academic year. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He serves on the steering committees of the “Contemporary Islam” and “Science, Technology, and Religion” program units in the American Academy of Religion. At BCSR, Telliel will …

Affiliated Faculty Offer an Array of Religion-Related Courses

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Keeping with BCSR’s interdisciplinary breadth and historical reach, this fall affiliated faculty will teach courses related to religion in fields from sociology to comparative literature, covering periods from ancient Egypt to the present. Several examples of such coursework: Francesco Spagnolo (Music) will guide students through Jewish rituals and nightlife in collaboration with Schusterman Visiting Artist Victoria Hanna as part of …

Directors Discuss BCSR, Public Theology, and the Importance of Studying Religion at Cal with CBS

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BCSR Co-Directors Jonathan Sheehan and Mark Csikszentmihalyi recently sat down with CBS San Francisco’s Mosaic program to discuss the role and importance of the study of religion in contemporary experience, particularly at public universities like Cal. In the wide-ranging interview, Sheehan and Csikszentmihalyi explain the genesis and evolution of religious studies at Berkeley, and the particular approaches and strengths that …

Message from the Directors, June 2017

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June 29, 2017 Dear Friends of BCSR, 2016-2017 was 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 our year such a success. Our biggest news revolves around the first full year of funding from the three-year, …

Summer Grantees to Conduct Research Around the Globe

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Funding from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) will allow four graduate students to travel to China, Jordan, Germany, and Washington D.C. this summer to further their respective research projects. Support for these grants of $2,000 to $4,000 is provided by the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. …

New Directions in Theology Cohort Will Begin Work in the Fall

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) has selected eight graduate students from six departments to participate in the 2017-2018 New Directions in Theology Program. The participants, listed below, will explore various theological topics and refine their research projects with the guidance of BCSR faculty. The cohort includes incoming first-year and continuing second-year students of UC Berkeley PhD …

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 …

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 2017-18.* 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 the …

Recruitment opens for the 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) opened recruitment for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology on December 1. Part of BCSR’s Public Theology Program, the fellowship is dedicated to the furtherance of the very best new scholarship in religious studies, and, in particular, the development of modes of inquiry that can pioneer new approaches to the study …

BCSR Welcomes Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

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Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology for the 2016-17 academic year. He is the managing editor of Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council’s online religion forum, and recently received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University. His work primarily focuses on twentieth-century Western European intellectual, religious, and political history with subsidiary interest in …

BCSR Hosts Visiting Fellow Jason S. Sexton

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Jason S. Sexton joins BCSR as a visiting fellow through June 2017. He is a Lecturer in the Honors Program at Cal State Fullerton, where he teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, and has written widely in the areas of California studies, prison studies, religious studies, and contemporary theology. He is the …

Message from the Directors, 2016

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June 3, 2016 Dear Friend of BCSR, 2015-16 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 our year such a success. The biggest news came in April 2015, when we were notified that BCSR …

BCSR Announces 2016 Recipients of Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) has awarded summer grants in support of two exciting and innovative graduate student research projects. This year’s recipients were drawn from a very competitive pool of promising proposals received from an open call to UC Berkeley graduate students. Melissa Cradic is a Ph.D. candidate in Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology. She …

BCSR Hosts Visiting Student Researcher Lene Kofoed

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Lene Kofoed joins BCSR as a visiting student researcher through October, 2016. She is a graduate student in the department of Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen. After many years working as a publishing editor in education, she is now writing a master’s thesis on religious education in Danish publish schools. Based on field research with teachers, it examines viewpoints …

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

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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 second year of study in 2016-17. 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 …

BCSR Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering two summer research grants in the amount of $5,000 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 of …

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 …