Religious Diversity and the Secular University Summer School 2019

1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

CRASSH, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

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, 1-12 July 2019).

Following the successful Summer Workshop on “Religious Diversity and the Secular University” in July 2018 (for a digital record of the 2018 Summer Workshop see here), 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 2019, 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.

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

For two weeks, fourteen 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 relates to questions of secularism and the place of religion(s) in the modern university (since ca. 1800) and who will not be more than seven years beyond obtaining their doctorate (having been awarded their doctorate in July 2012 or later). Applications from doctoral students in the final stages of their dissertations may also be considered. 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 1-12 July 2019. 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. Applications will be accepted until midday on 1 December 2018.

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

Monday 1 July 2019

10:00 - 10:30

Registration, Introduction and group photo

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Akeel Bilgrami (Readings: John Stuart Mill) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Mariëtta van der Tol 

'Public Order, Public Policy, and Religious Diversity in Universities'

Blogging: Rebekah Vince

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Shanon Shah

'Lightning Rods in Debates on Religion and Secularism on University Campuses'

Blogging: Sami Everett

17:45

Welcome drinks and dinner, Granta Pub, Newnham Road

Tuesday 2 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Akeel Bilgrami (Readings: John Rawls) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Emanuelle Degli Esposti 

'From Human Rights to 'Shi'a Rights', and Back Again: Ethics, Sectarianism, and Identity in the Secular Age'

Blogging: Mustafa Menshawi

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Cristóbal Bellolio

'Why NOMA Fails: Liberalism and the Religion vs. Science Debate'

Blogging: Helena Wangefelt Ström 

Wednesday 3 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Tariq Modood (Readings: John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Simon Yin 

'Bodhisattva Citizen: The Identity Reconstruction of Buddhists in Modern China'

Blogging: Yuchen Lu

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Anagha Ingole

'Religion in Indian Nationalisms: Genealogies and Possibilities of Integration'

Blogging: Shanon Shah

Thursday 4 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Miriam Leonard (Readings: Karl Marx) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Artemis Ignatidou 

'Participatory Music and Cultural Integration: Local Solutions to Global Problems? A View from Athens, Greece'

Blogging: Vincent Favier

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Vincent Favier 

'Preaching and Teaching: Religiosity, Knowledge and Performance among Students and Lecturers in West-African Universities'

Blogging: Artemis Ignatidou

Friday 5 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Tariq Modood (Readings: Rajeev Barghava and Tariq Modood)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Yuchen Lu 

'Religious Transformation and Secular Education in Modern China: A prosopography of Intellectual Elites'

Blogging: Simon Yin

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Niyousha Bastani 

'Risky Cognition and Politics at Risk: Educating a Secular Polity'

Blogging: Emanuelle Degli Espoti

Monday 8 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Akeel Bilgrami (Readings: Isaiah Berlin and Quentin Skinner) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Sami Everett

'La petite Jérusalem: from North African-ness to Orthodoxy'

Blogging: Mujadad Zaman

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Morteza Hashemi 

‘Integration Through Blood Donation: Could we use Blood Donation Campaigns as Social Policy Tools?’

Blogging: TBD

Tuesday 9 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Miriam Leonard (Readings: Jacques Derrida) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Zena Hitz 

'The Human Elements of Higher Education'

Blogging: Anagha Ingole

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Helena Wangefelt Ström 

'Lighting Candles Before a Headless Jesus'

Blogging: Niyousha Bastani

Wednesday 10 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Zena Hitz (Readings: Yves Simon and Joseph Ratzinger) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Joel Hanisek 

'Solidarity and the Politics of Social Change in U.S. Missions to Iran'

Blogging: Mariëtta van der Tol 

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Rebekah Vince

'Arab-Jew or Pied-Noir Jew? Alternatives to Polarised Identity Positions in Slimane Benaïssa’s L’Avenir oublié [Forgotten Future] (1999)'

Blogging: Joel Hanisek

Thursday 11 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Zena Hitz (Readings: George Steiner)

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Akeel Bilgrami 

'Freedom versus Accountability in the Academy'

Blogging: Cristóbal Bellolio

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Mujadad Zaman 

'Imagination in the Anatheistic University: The Rise and Consequences of Islamic Theology in Europe'

Blogging: TBD

18:45 - 22:00

Summer School Dinner, The Green Man, Grantchester

Friday 12 July 2019

10:30 - 12:00

Senior Scholar: Akeel Bilgrami (Readings: Charles Taylor) 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Mustafa Menshawy 

'The Revolution of ‘Pronouns’: Shifts of Power and Resistance in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood'

Blogging: Tania Saeed

15:00 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Tania Saeed

'Populism, Higher Education and the Student Activist: ‘Reimagining’ Britishness and ‘Crossing Borders’'

Blogging: TBD