Religious Diversity and the Secular University: Summer School 2018

2 July 2018 - 13 July 2018

CRASSH, University of Cambridge

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

Please note that applications for this workshop have now closed. 

Participants will be blogging about the Summer School, to read their posts click here.

Call for Applications

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: 

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 application portal is available online here and the deadline for these applications is November 30, 2017. Informal queries can be addressed to the project administrator or CRASSH enquiries.  

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

Monday 2 July 2018

10:00 - 10:30

Registration, Introduction and group photo

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University) 

Voltaire, The Philosophy of History

pp. 1-26; 58-64; 111-117; 180-190; 238-260

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Felicity Griffiths (University College London)

An Introduction to the Making of the University of London

Blog: Abraham Flipse

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Abraham Flipse (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

"Anybody can come to our university, even if he is a  Mohammedan"

Blog: Felicity Griffiths

Tuesday 3 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Work in progress: Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

The Death of Romantic Mythography, and its Historical and Philosophical Consequences

Blog: Simon Goldhill

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: David Moshfegh (IEU, Madrid)

Islamwissenschaft as a Science of Religion

Blog: Tania Saeed

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

The Philological Uncanny: German-Jewish Readings fo the Qur'an during the Long Nineteenth-Century

Blog: Paul Kurtz

Wednesday 4 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

Abraham Geiger, Judaism and its History

Volume I, lectures 9 (Parties and Sects, Origin of Christianity) and 10 (Evolution of Christianity)

Heinrich Graetz, History of the Jews

Volume II, chapter 6 (Messianic Expectations and Origin of Christianity)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Paul M. Kurtz (University of Cambridge)

How Nineteenth-Century German Classicists wrote the Jews out of Ancient History

Blog: Charles Kuper

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Omer Michaelis (Harvard/Tel Aviv University)

How Jewish Studies is Secularized? From Jüdische  Wissenschaft to Contemporary Rabbinic Studies

Blog: Joel Hanisek

Thursday 5 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert Speaker: Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford) 

The Prayer-Gauge Debate

Sections I (The Prayer for the Sick, pp. 9-19), II (The Proposed Prayer-Gauge, pp. 23-33, IV (Statistical Inquiries into the Efficacies of Prayer, pp. 85-106) and part I of section V (John Tyndall, On Prayer, pp.109-115)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Expert Speaker: Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

Ernest Renan, Critical Historians of Jesus

pp.168-225

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Joel Hanisek

Ethical Destruction and Ethos Creation: Tracing U.S. Missions in Iran from a Dominion of Certitude to a Hermeneutic of Hope

pp. 13-21, 28-34, 41-46, 48-50, 61-62

Blog: David Moshfegh

Friday 6 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert Speaker: Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford) 

 

Ellis Ethelmer, Fear as an Ethic Force

Westminster Review (1899), pp. 300-309

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Artemis Ignatidou (SAS London)

Where Music Resides: Institutional Weakness Nationalism and Musical Debates in Nineteenth-Century Athens

Blog: Tala Jarjour

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Tala Jarjour (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

Academic Perspectives on Studying Music in Relation to Religion within Differing Secular and Religious Universities

Blog: Artemis Ignatidou

Monday 9 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert Speaker: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

Abraham Geiger, Judaism and its History

Volume II, lecture 4 (Islam), pp. 247-259 and lecture 9 (The Orient, Spain from 1070 to 1140), pp. 317-331

Heinrich Graetz, History of the Jews

Volume III, chapter 3 (The Jews of the Arabian Peninsula, pp.53-74

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Bernard Lightman (York University, CA)

Aubrey Moore and the Discipline of Theology: Post-Darwinian Naturalistic Metaphysics

Blog: Jeremy Fogel

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Bruce Pass (University of Edinburgh)

The Servant-Queen: Herman Bavinck on the Place of Theology in the University

Blog: Ruth Jackson

Tuesday 10 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Bernard Lightman (York University, Canada)

Huxley and Scientific Naturalists

Huxley and Scientific Naturalists

1) Thomas H. Huxley, A Liberal Education; and Where to Find It [1866], in his Science and Education (1894), pp. 76-110    

2) Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction and the Advancement of Science, Volume I: (1872), pp. 257-265

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Gustavo Rodrigues Rocha (UC Berkeley/UEFS)

What do Women Want? Hysterics, Mediums and Activists: A Social History of the Concept of Femininity in Fin de Siècle Psychoanalysis

Blog: Ruth Lindley

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Ruth Lindley (University of Birmingham)

The Personal is Political is Spiritual: The Spiritual Politics of Monica Sjöö (1938 - 2005)              

Blog: Gustavo Rodrigues Rocha

Wednesday 11 July

09:00 - 10:00

Work in progress: Charles Kuper

Dialogus Contra Nestorianos, John Maxentius

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

Anon [Edward A. Freeman], Herodotus and His Commentators, National Review 15 (1862), pp. 282-309

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Jeremy Fogel (Tel Aviv University)

Loading the Empty Wagon: Mendelssohn's Felicity and the Value of the Secular University

Blog: Omer Michaelis

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Ruth Jackson (University of Cambridge)

The Veiled God: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude 

Blog: Bruce Pass

Thursday 12 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Bernard Lightman (York University, Canada)

Religious Tests and Liberal Anglicans

1) F. A. Paley, Religious Tests, and the Nationalising of the Universities, Fortnightly Review 5, No. 27 (March 1869), pp.322-330

2) Religious Tests and National Universities, British Quarterly Review 106 (April 1871), pp. 441-458

3) James Moore (ed.), Tests and the Testaments: Oxford Revisited, in Religion in Victorian Britain: Volume III Sources (1988), pp. 52-58 [Parliamentary Speeches by Lords Salisbury and Westbury on the University Tests Bill, May 8, 1871]

4) University Tests, Saturday Review 31, No. 811 (May 13, 1871), pp 587-589

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Mariëtta van der Tol (University of Cambridge)

From Toleration to Inequality? Constitutional Formations of Religious Freedom in Nineteenth-Century France, Germany, and the Netherlands

Blog: Pablo Muñoz Iturrieta

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Work in progress: Pablo Muñoz Iturrieta (Independent scholar)

Redefining the Secular, Religion, and the Public Square

Blog: Mariëtta van der Tol 

Friday 13 July 2018

10:30 - 12:00

Expert speaker: Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

Max Müller, India, What Can it Teach Us?

pp.19-51 (close reading), pp. 52-94 (skim)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Work in progress: Tania Saeed (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

Campus Activism and the Religious Ideal: A Case of Islamic Student Societies in British Universities

Blog: Sami Everett