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Conference: Religion and the Idea of a University

posted by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

Religion and the Idea of a Research University, an interdisciplinary project of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at the University of Cambridge, will be hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference (April 3-5) exploring the question of: What place does religion have in the Western research university? From the announcement:

Religion and the University

From John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University to recent work by Stefan Collini, Martha Nussbaum and many others, the idea of the modern research University has been the subject of a great swathe of intellectual debate, policy wrangling and rhetoric – circulating around conflicting models of intellectual and social formation, ideas of the public good, and claims about the place of knowledge in a utilitarian age.

As the idea of a university has been contested and reconfigured, so too have ideas about the place of religion in the public sphere, the nature and limits of secularity, and the relations between religion and intellectual work. In a complex multi-faith and multi-secular world, a re-evaluation of the relationship between religion and the idea of a university is pressing.
This conference is the highlight in a two-year research project ‘Religion and the Idea of a Research University’ in the Faculties of Divinity, English, History and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Interdisciplinary in structure, this meeting has a bold ambition: to engage seriously with the question ‘what place, if any, does religion have in a secular research university?’

Speakers include: Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, USA

Professor David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Tal Howard, Center for Faith and Inquiry, Gordon College, USA

Professor Tomoko Masuzawa, Department of History, University of Michigan, USA

Professor Isabel Rivers, Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Professor Ming Tsuang, Center for Behavioural Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, USA

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