Upcoming Events

Making Religion on the Reservation: Native Americans & the Dilemmas of Religious Freedom
March 22 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life SeriesTisa Wenger –Making Religion on the Reservation: Native Americans and the Dilemmas of Religious FreedomWhat did religious freedom mean for Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, a time when the U.S. government was working to eliminate In...
“Between Fences” Film Screening + Q&A with Director Avi Mograbi
April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Avi Mograbi and Chen Alon meet African asylum-seekers in a detention facility in the middle of the Negev desert where they are confined by the state of Israel. What leads African refugees to leave everything behind and go towards the unknown? Why does Israel refuse to take into consideration the sit...
Religion and the Digital Turn
April 5 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life SeriesHussein Rashid –Religion and the Digital TurnPLEASE NOTE: The date of this event has been moved up. The new date is April 5th, 2018. The methods of the Digital Humanities present an opportunity to think about the goals and methods in the Study of Religi...
Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus: Western Mediterranean
April 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This day-long event is the third of a three-piece series that focuses on the movement of people across and along the Mediterranean and the emergence, re-signification, and use of sites of memory. Bringing together a mix of panelists from the humanities and social sciences, the day will incl...
Enlisting Faith: Religion and the State in the U.S. Armed Forces
April 19 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life SeriesRonit Y. Stahl – Enlisting Faith: Religion and the State in the U.S. Armed ForcesThe American state has long harnessed religion to great effect, and the military chaplaincy exemplifies how faith could fortify military aspirations and personnel. But w...

News & Announcements

February 14, 2018

Call for Papers: “Pluralisms in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference” – Tunis

Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2018 Pluralisms in Emergenc(i)es is the second conference in a series that explores pluralism as it emerges in response to contemporary global crises in the Middle East and North Africa. The conference situates Tunis as a historical epicenter of human, commodity, and capital mobility and, as such, pluralism. “Pluralism” is commonly […]
January 9, 2018

Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference – Call for Proposals

The Center for the Study of Social Difference: Call For Papers for new funded faculty working groups Funding available: $35-$50K for two-three year projects Deadline: February 1, 2018 at 11:59pm We encourage anyone interested in submitting a proposal to please contact CSSD ( in advance of the deadline for feedback in drafting their proposal.   The Center […]
January 8, 2018

IRCPL Receives Joint Projects and TIER Grants from Alliance Program | Columbia University

Joint Projects Grant: “Populism in America and the Middle East: Ethical and Religious Dimensions” Partner University: Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po This project will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from Columbia, Sciences Po, and other universities, as well as journalists, people in government, and religious leaders, who will comparatively investigate the […]
January 6, 2018

AC4 Graduate Student Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program engages students and faculty who are doing interdisciplinary research or practice with focus on conflict resolution and peacebuilding, to cultivate constructive conflict management and sustainable peace, and to support students to engage and think critically about issues of peace and sustainability. Each year, AC4 funds as many as 12 Columbia University graduate students conducting an […]
December 11, 2017

The Conclusion of “Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference” in Amman, Jordan

Last week, on December 6th and 7th, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life presented Part One of our global conference series, “Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference,” in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers, the Center for Religion, Conflict and Globalization at the University of Groningen, and the Department of Culture Studies and […]