IRCPL

Upcoming Events


Sep
20
Book Talk – Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition
September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? In Open to Reason, Souleymane Bachir Diagne traces Muslims’ intellectual and spiritual history of examining and questioning beliefs and arguments to show how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and i...
Oct
2
IRCPL Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia
October 2 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Greetings from the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. You are cordially invited to the launch event for the Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia project which will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:10PM – 6:00PM in 208 Knox Hall. The event will include a sho...
Oct
9
When the Gods Emerge from the Temples: Iconic Exhibition Value and Democratic Publicness in India
October 9 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion Project Kajri Jain – When Gods Emerge from the Temples: Iconic Exhibition Value and Democratic Publicness in India We are well acquainted with how the affective forces of modern politics depart from the normative ideals of bourgeois publicness. ...
Nov
13
Atmospheric Citizenship: Sonic Movement and Public Religion in Shi’ite Mumbai
November 13 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion Project Patrick Eisenlohr – Atmoshperic Citizenship: Sonic Movement and Public Religion in Shi’ite Mumbai In this talk I focus on the sonic dimensions of religious life and place-making in Mumbai, and its connections to a “right to the c...
Dec
4
Religion as a Problem of Attention: Asceticism and Spectacle in Orthodox Ethiopia
December 4 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion Project Tom Boylston – Religion as a Problem of Attention: Asceticism and Spectacle in Orthodox Ethiopia In this lecture, Dr. Tom Boylston will discuss contemporary Orthodox Christian revival in Ethiopia from two perspectives: the ascetic cultiv...

News & Announcements


September 7, 2018

Call for Papers: “Untangling Popular Power: Rhetoric, Faith, and Social Order in the Middle East” – 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: Monday, October 22, 2018 CONFERENCE SUMMARY The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University in collaboration with the
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July 13, 2018

IRCPL Welcomes Our New Director, Matthew Engelke

Matthew Engelke is an anthropologist with research interests in Christianity, secular humanism, media, materiality, semiotics. He has conducted fieldwork in Zimbabwe and in Britain. He is currently working on a book about secularity and death, based on research among humanist funeral celebrants in London. Before joining the Columbia
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April 19, 2018

Request for Proposals: Public Theologies of Technology and Presence Research Initiative

Submission Deadline: May 7th, 2018 Request for Proposals The Institute of Buddhist Studies, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, invites proposals from scholars across the academic disciplines specializing in any religious traditions, and from theologians from all religious traditions, to participate in a three-year research initiative
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March 31, 2018

Videos of Populism and Religion: The American Case are Now Available

We are happy to present the video recordings from Populism and Religion: The American Case, which took place earlier this month. Below is a note from conference organizer, Jean Cohen. Consider liking our videos and subscribing to make sure that you’re always up-to-date with what’s happening. It’s never
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March 27, 2018

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

Abstract Deadline: July 25, 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,
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