Religious Diversity and the Secular University Summer School 2020

Do you work on issues of religious diversity and secularism? Do you care passionately about the past, present and future of the university?

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project Religious Diversity and the Secular University at CRASSH announces a second two-week summer workshop for early career scholars across the humanities and social sciences (Cambridge, 6 – 17 July  2020).

Following two highly successful Summer Workshops on 'Religious Diversity and the Secular University' in July 2018 and July 2019, 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 two-week summer workshop in July 2020, devoted to some of the most critical issues in the emergence of the modern university and our historical moment: the related questions of secularism and religious diversity.

We are grateful to be joined by four world-class senior scholars, who will be in residence to lead the workshop:

Homi Bhabha (Harvard University)
Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of Birmingham)
Khaled Furani (Tel Aviv University)
Olivia Harrison (USC Dornsife)

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, participants will study 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 engages with the dynamics of religious interaction in historical and cultural perspectives, with the study of religion(s) in one way or other, and with the intellectual, methodological and conceptual foundations thereof. Candidates will be no more than seven years beyond obtaining their doctorate (having been awarded their doctorate in July 2013 or later). Applications from doctoral students in the final stages of their dissertations may also be considered.

The workshop will run from 6 – 17 July 2020. We shall award a maximum of twelve scholarships that provide up to £500 towards travel, as well as two weeks of room and board in Cambridge.

Applications are 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 applications has been extended until midday of 10 February 2020.

This workshop is part of a research project devoted to Religious Diversity and the Secular University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Religious Diversity and the Secular University Summer School 2020

Genesis 1 in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Samaritan, Syriac, Arabic and seven different Latin versions, from the London Polyglot Bible, edited by Brian Walton (1657)

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