About the fellowship
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 of religion in the public university. For the academic year 2017-18, BCSR seeks a top early career scholar to come to Berkeley for one year. Applications received by the initial review date of February 17, 2017 receive priority.
Fellows are integrated into the activities of the Public Theology Program, a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative dedicated to exploring the place of theology in public life, past and present. As participants in the intellectual life of the Center and the Luce initiative, fellows associate with a community of scholars from fields across the humanities and social sciences with specializations in a wide array of religious traditions. Fellows may pursue projects with varied disciplinary approaches to subjects including, but not limited to: theology and the institutions of secular life; theological aspects of politics; theology and law; art, literature, and theological inquiry; and theology and social formations.
Fellows also take part in an annual workshop that brings leading international scholars and intellectuals from universities, seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions to Berkeley for intensive discussion on comparative approaches to theology. The program also supports new approaches to the study of religion through the development of model curricula. Fellows may elect to teach in a relevant UC Berkeley department in the second semester of residence.
The Public Theology Program builds upon Berkeley’s long tradition of challenging traditional categories of knowledge by opening a space for the study of theology in the public university. It also draws on the strengths of BCSR as a model for interdisciplinary work on religion, integrating robust academic research, student engagement, programming, and outreach beyond the university to the public at large. Through this program, BCSR seeks to reshape the landscape of religious studies at Berkeley and pioneer new approaches to the study of religion that can spread beyond Berkeley and reshape the field nationwide.
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The Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar to join its Public Theology Program at 100 percent time with an expected start date of July 1, 2017.
Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkeley Public Theology Program brings together a group of scholars from fields across the humanities and social sciences, with specializations in a wide array of religious traditions. Our three-year initiative is dedicated to exploring the place of theology in public life, past and present. Theology is here meant broadly as the constellation of conceptual commitments and modes of inquiry that together enable communities to investigate and understand the world in religious terms. We propose to open this subject up to varied disciplinary approaches. Subjects might include, but are not limited to: theology and the institutions of secular life; theological aspects of politics; theology and law; art, literature, and theological inquiry; theology and social formations, and so on. We will consider applicants from all relevant disciplines whose work promises to advance the research aims of the Berkeley Public Theology Program.
The postdoc is expected to participate in the Luce initiative, including its annual workshop. The postdoc may also elect to teach a course in a relevant UC Berkeley department. The postdoc also is expected to reside in or near Berkeley in order to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Center and the campus.
Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application)
To be considered for this position, applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation for receipt of their Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
Additional Required Qualifications (By the start date)
The successful applicant must complete all degree requirements for the Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
The appointment is 100 percent time for one year. The salary for the fellowship is $51,250 annually. Generous benefits are included In addition, postdocs are provided with access to university libraries and research funds.
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Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, updated curriculum vitae, a description of the project to be pursued while in residence (1,500 words maximum), and two letters of recommendation. All application documents should be submitted as PDFs. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letters.
This position will remain open until filled.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The program is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Research - Description of the project to be pursued while in residence (1,500 words maximum).
HOW TO APPLY
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