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IRCPL Announces Grantees of 2016 Search for Project and Working Group Proposals

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The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University supports academic scholarship on the study of religion, broadly defined.  We are proud of the interdisciplinary breadth of our work and are particularly excited to announce the results of our 2016 call for project and working group proposals. The awardees, from across Columbia’s campus and beyond, working in fields including architecture, literature, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and political science, exemplify our desire to create spaces which facilitate connections, conversations, and collaborations across disciplinary lines. We look forward to the seminars, conferences, research, writing, and curricular innovation which will come from these groups beginning this spring, and continuing over the next year.

Our congratulations – and thanks – go out to:

Entheogens and Psychoactive Religion
David Kittay (Religion)

A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia
Manan Ahmed (History)
Katharina Ivanyi (Religion)

Medieval and Early Modern Struggles toward Humility, Virtue, and Truth
Bachir Diagne (French)
Pierre Force (French)
Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
Alan Stewart (English / Comp Lit)

Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus
Seth Kimmel (LAIC)
Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Anthropology

Religion and Revolution
Jean L Cohen (Political Science)
Andrew Arato (Sociology, The New School)

Palestinian Jerusalem: Religion Under Occupation
Nadia Abu El-Haj (Anthropology)
Lila Abu-Lughod (Anthropology)
Nora Akawi (Architecture)
Brian Boyd (Archaeology)
Nathalie Handal (CSER)
Rashid Khalidi (History)
Brinkley Messick (Anthropology)
Salim Tamari (MEI)

Information on some of these events is already available at ircpl.org; further details will be posted as they become available. Write to info@ircpl.org with questions.

Information on how you can apply for IRCPL support for future working groups and other proposals can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Pratt Ewing Honored with Faculty Distinction

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IRCPL Director Katherine Pratt Ewing was honored recently with Faculty Distinction after having been awarded the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs Grant.  Professor Ewing, along with Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism, is among the first grantees in this new program aimed at work that connects scholarship on religion to journalism training and practice.

A number of faculty from the Department of Religion were also honored, including Gil Anidjar, Clémence Boulouque, Josef Sorett, Robert Thurman, and Zhaohua Yang.  More information about the 2016 Faculty Distinction winners is available here.  The IRCPL congratulates all of the 2016 honorees.

Watch “Religion and the Vote”

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On October 17, 2016, IRCPL and the Department of Political Science convened a panel of experts to discuss the role of religion in the 2016 elections.  Participants included:

More information about the event can be found here.

A video recording of the event is now available here.

Video of “The Origins of Neoliberalism” Now Available

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On October 13, Dotan Leshem, a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa, spoke about his recent book, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling The Economy from Jesus to Foucault (Columbia University Press).  He was joined by Daniel Colucciello Barbe, Pace University and Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University. Gil Anidjar, Columbia University, moderator.  More information about the panel can be found here.

A video recording of the event is now available here.

 

Call for Proposals: Joint Projects & Faculty Working Groups

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The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life is now seeking proposals from Columbia University faculty for both working groups and programs that aim to understand the role of religion in the contemporary world and its historical roots. Proposals for faculty working groups as well as seminars, conferences, events, research and other joint projects that bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars are welcome.

Typically, working groups can apply for up to $1,500 per semester and joint projects may apply for up to $25,000, with funds awarded based on activities proposed.

The deadline for working group applications for the Spring 2017 semester is Tuesday, November 8th.  Proposals will be reviewed by the Institute and results will be announced by Tuesday, November 15th.

Full details are available at ircpl.org/resources.

 

Josef Sorett’s “Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics” Just Released

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Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just released his first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics through Oxford University Press.  Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century.

Professor Sorett is currently at work on his second book, tentatively titled The Holy Holy Black: The Ironies of an African American Secular, which is also in contract with Oxford UP, and is additionally editing an anthology, The Sexual Politics of Black Churches.