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Religious Diversity and University Responses

Call for Applications

Theme: Religious Diversity and University Responses
Type: 2018 Summer School
Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and
Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Date: 2.–13.7.2018
Deadline: 30.11.2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project Religious Diversity
and University Responses announces a 2-week summer workshop in
Cambridge for early career scholars across the humanities and social

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: 

- Lorraine Daston (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgechichte,
- Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth)
- Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto)
- Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

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:

The deadline for these applications is November 30, 2017.

Informal queries can be addressed to the project administrator
(sjp229(at) or CRASSH enquiries (enquiries(at) 

Website of the Summer School: