BCSR Receives $1 Million Grant from Henry Luce Foundation

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund the three-year Berkeley Public Theology Program. For the offical announcement, click here. Please continue to check the BCSR website in the coming months for more information on forthcoming programs funded by this grant.

Twelve UC Berkeley Graduate Students Awarded 2015 Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), an academic center for independent and innovative research in religion, announces the twelve recipients of the 2015 Graduate Student Summer Research Grants. These projects explore a rich variety of topics in religion, from transnational Sufi practices to Puritan theology to the influence of religion on post-war military operations. The twelve recipients …

Politics of Religious Freedom Research Project Website Now Available via BCSR

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The Politics of Religious Freedom (PRF) website is a resource for scholars, students, and practitioners across disciplines interested in research and pedagogy at the intersection of religion, law, and politics. The PRF project was established in 2010 to study the legal and political contestation surrounding religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities in Europe, the United States, the Middle …

BCSR Awards Three Graduate Student Event Grants

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BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, and conferences for public and campus audiences. BCSR has awarded three $500 grants in support of the following, Joseph Albernaz (English) Deus Sive Veruft: Schelling’s Transformation of Spinoza’s God – March 18, 2015 Yitzhak Melamed (Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), will give a lecture examining the …

BCSR Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is offering five to ten summer research grants in the amount of $5000 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 …

Graduate Student Event Grants in Religion | Spring 2015 Applications Due December 4

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BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, working groups and conferences for public and campus audiences. Awards range from $250 to $500 for a lecture, and up to $1000 for a conference. Requirement Summary – Awards provide partial funding for lectures, panels, conferences, exhibitions, or performances on topics in religion. – Awards from $250 …

Conference on Pre-Modern and Modern China Receives BCSR Graduate Student Event Grant

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BCSR has selected “Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds” to receive $1000 in graduate student event grant funding. The two-day event on November 14 and 15 presents the results of a yearlong interdisciplinary exploration by the Haas Junior Scholars Program of the Institute of East Asian Studies on the relations …

Visiting Scholar Damon Mayrl Joins BCSR, September 2014

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BCSR welcomes Visiting Scholar Damon Mayrl, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Prof. Mayrl’s research interests are in comparative secularization, religion and politics, historical methods, and public policy. His first book, Secular Conversions (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) examines how political and institutional factors have contributed to the development of distinct patterns of secularization in Australian and …

Professors Niklaus Largier and David Marno Receive Faculty Project Development Group Grant

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The 2014 Faculty Project Development Group (PDG) Grant has been awarded to Professors Niklaus Largier (German and Comparative Literature) and David Marno (English) for their collaborative project, Poetics of Prayer. The goal of the project is to develop a rhetoric and poetics of prayer from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century in tandem with prayer’s echoes in early modern …

Nine UC Berkeley Graduate Students Awarded 2014 Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), an academic center for independent and innovative research in religion, announces the nine recipients of the 2014-15 Graduate Student Summer Research Grants. These projects address a broad range of issues and topics in religion including relationships of religion to media and politics, under-seen global or early religious communities, and religious doctrine …

BCSR Announces Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion, Applications Due March 13th

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering five summer research grants in the amount of $5000 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 be given to those who are close to completion …

BCSR Funds Faculty Project Development Groups in Religion – Applications Due April 1st

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is sponsoring 1 to 2 Project Development Groups (PDG) in the study of religion for faculty in academic year 2014-15. BCSR PDGs provide an opportunity for small collaborative faculty groups to work on larger-scale projects related to the study of religion. Collaboration across the humanities and the social sciences is often …

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals

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The “Humanitarian Ethics, Religious Affinities, and the Politics of Dissent” UC Humanities Studio is pleased to announce a dissertation workshop for UC graduate students, to be held on March 17-18, 2014 at UC Santa Cruz. Graduate students will have the opportunity to share and receive comments on a chapter of their research project, which will be read by a group …

Message from the Directors, 2013

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We are delighted to announce the launch of the BCSR website. As one of Berkeley’s newest research ventures, our mission is to support and promote the best contemporary scholarship on religion across the disciplines. We are committed to engaging audiences both inside and outside the walls of Berkeley, in the hope that our scholarship might shape the many ongoing conversations …