6 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


*Extended Deadline – 10 February 2020*

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project ‘Religious Diversity and the Secular University‘ at CRASSH is pleased to announce the third annual 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. Applications will be accepted until midday on 10 February 2020.

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‘Religious Diversity and the Secular University’ is funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to support a multi-disciplinary examination of the interplay between religion, secularism, and the role of the university, reference #41600622.

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