Summer School - Religious Diversity & University Responses, 2 - 3 July 2018, UK

Publish Date: Nov 07, 2017

Deadline: Nov 30, 2017

Religious Diversity & University Responses Summer School 2018

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project Religious Diversity and University Responses announces a 2-week summer workshop in Cambridge for early career scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from outstanding early career scholars to participate in a 2-week summer workshop in July 2018, devoted to some of the most critical issues in the emergence of the modern university and one of the most fraught problems of our historical moment: the related questions of secularism and religious diversity.

There will be four world-class senior scholars in residence to lead the workshop: 

  • Lorraine Daston (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgechichte, Berlin),
  • Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth)
  • Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto)
  • Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

For two weeks, twelve junior scholars will work with the scholars in residence as well as with the members of the CRASSH project, Simon Goldhill, Theodor Dunkelgrün and Sami Everett. Together, we shall read closely a set of primary sources selected by the senior scholars and engage critically with work in progress by each participant. 

We welcome applications from scholars in any academic discipline whose work relates to the question of secularism and the place of religion in the modern university (since ca. 1800) and who will not be more than seven years beyond obtaining their doctorate (i.e. who will have received their doctorate after July 1, 2011). In a few cases applications from doctoral students in the final stages of their dissertations may also be considered. Rather than scholars of comparative religion, we are keen to invite those across the humanities and social sciences who engage with the dynamics of religious interaction in historical, textual, and social perspectives, with the formation of academic disciplines that study religion(s) in one way or other and with the intellectual, methodological and conceptual foundations thereof.

The workshop will run from July 2 through July 13, 2018. We will offer twelve scholarships that provide up to £500 towards travel as well as two weeks of room and board in Cambridge.

Applications are to be made online and should include a CV, two letters of reference, a writing sample and an indication of the topic of the likely work in progress for discussion.
The deadline for these applications is November 30, 2017.
Informal queries can be addressed to the project administrator or CRASSH enquiries. 

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