IRCPL

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.

It convenes academic conferences, public forums, and collaborative programming to support and extend academic and scholarly understanding of these topics, and to disseminate and distribute such new understandings to broader publics and communities.

 

Upcoming Events


Nov
29
Flattening Faith: Searching for 3-Dimensional Religion in 2-Dimensional Fiction
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Imaginary worlds extend and expand our visions of what is possible. In these worlds, we can fly with dragons or shoot lightning from our fingertips. Yet, this expansiveness does not always apply to the religious lives of the characters populating our narratives. Religion can be made flat, so that th...
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


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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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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