Karen Barkey and Christophe Jaffrelot, of IRCPl and CERI, Awarded Grant from Alliance for “Negotiating Pluralism in Shared Religious Sites”

Karen Barkey, of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University, and Christophe Jaffrelot, of the Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po, have been awarded a grant within the Alliance Joint Projects in support of their project “Negotiating Pluralism in Shared Religious Sites: A Comparative Study of Coexistence in the Eastern Mediterranean and India.”

“Negotiating Pluralism in Shared Religious Sites” focuses on the role of these sites in promoting intercommunal coexistence and tolerance in some instances and, in others, in fomenting conflict between different groups. The focus is on shared sites in two main regions of the world: in the Eastern Mediterranean, where the common legacy of the Ottoman Empire left hundreds of sanctuaries shared in more or less convivial ways between Christians, Muslims, and often Jews; and in India, where the sharing of religious spaces between Muslims and Hindus has been an important local tradition of practicing pluralism.

As a part of this project, the IRCPL and CERI are offering graduate research grants for two upcoming field research projects:

jaffrelotbarkey 7The first, led by Christophe Jaffrelot in India this January 2016, is now accepting applications (due November 30, 2015).  Participating students will conduct ethnographic research in Ahmedabad and Ajmer during the week of January 11-17.  More information on the grants, including full applications details, is available at ircpl.org/resources/grants.

The second field research trip, led by Karen Barkey, will go to Turkey and Greece in April 2016.  More information on this trip, and information on how to apply for the associated field research grants, will be announced soon here at ircpl.org.

The Alliance Joint Projects are intended to support transatlantic projects of the highest quality, both in scientific research and collaborative teaching efforts, between faculty members of all disciplines within the Alliance network. More information on Alliance and their programs is available at alliance.columbia.edu.

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