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

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News & Announcements

July 24, 2019

Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life is happy to announce a new annual competition. The Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion is dedicated to the publication of first books by early career scholars working in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. Submissions can be
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April 19, 2019

New Funding Opportunity for Dissertation Writing Students

IRCPL Dissertation Fellowships are available to Columbia University students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) who have completed the 5th year of the PhD program. The dissertation must focus in a significant way on the study of religion, secularism, or closely related topics. The IRCPL
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April 12, 2019

IRCPL Announces the 2019 Summer Research Fellows

IRCPL is pleased to announced our six new Summer Research Fellows: Nile Davies, Devon Golaszewski, Owain Lawson, Zehra Mehdi, Anna Reumert, and Shaunna Rodrigues. The IRCPL Summer Research Fellowship is awarded each Spring to assist students with expenses directly related to research, including travel, lodging, and materials during the Summer
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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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