Welcome to the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University

IRCPL supports academic research, teaching, and scholarship on the study of religion, culture, and social difference at Columbia University.

The Institute convenes academic workshops and conferences, hosts public events, and funds research and related work by Columbia students and faculty. IRCPL also runs a book series, published by Columbia University Press.


Upcoming Events

Nonhuman Empire and Its Afterlives
February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This panel examines the various linkages between South Asia and the nonhuman. The nonhuman–whether animal, vegetal, telluric/elemental/mineral/topographical, extra-terrestrial, monstrous, or spectral—has called into question colonial and postcolonial imaginative circuits, political formations, a...
Religious Matters in Public Spaces – with Birgit Meyer
February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Religious Matters in Public Spaces – with Birgit Meyer This lecture is part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project. While the secularization thesis ceased to offer the dominant analytical frame in the study of religion in modern societies some decades ago,...

News & Announcements

January 24, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: Populist Power, Faith, and Precarity in Europe – Paris, France

Deadline for abstracts: February 20, 2019. The conference will consider various forms of popular power in Europe by examining how populism is defined in various contexts, the role of historical movements in the present-day construction of populist narratives and rhetoric(s), how the use of religious identity shapes these movements,
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December 18, 2018

Funding Opportunities for Students and Faculty

IRCPL is happy to announce three calls for applications for the academic year 2019-2020. The Institute will provide funding for faculty and students with its Joint Projects, Summer Research Fellowships, and a new Faculty Working Group. Joint Projects for Columbia Faculty Joint Projects are an opportunity for Columbia
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November 15, 2018

Extended Deadline for the Conference “Untangling Popular Power” – Amman, Jordan

Untangling Popular Power: Rhetoric, Faith, and Social Order in the Middle East March 2nd – 3rd, 2019 at the Columbia Global Center in Amman, Jordan Abstract Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018
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September 19, 2018

Announcing the Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life is happy to announce a new thee year project “Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia,” which will further scholarly and public understanding of the changing dynamics of interactions among religious communities in the modern world, considering the ways in
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September 19, 2018

IRCPL Welcomes Post-Doctoral Research Fellows: Mohamed Amer Meziane and Rajbir Singh Judge

IRCPL is pleased to introduce our two, new postdoctoral Research Fellows, as part of our Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project. Mohamed Amer Meziane is a postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University in the City of New York. His research projects and teaching
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