Olivia Whitener

Olivia Whitener is the program assistant for the Religion and the Public Sphere program of the Social Science Research Council. In this role, she conducts editorial work for The Immanent Frame. Before joining the Council in September 2016, she served as an editorial assistant for Sojourners in Washington, DC. Olivia graduated with a degree in cultural anthropology from Wake Forest University and enjoys balancing theories of cultural relativism and human rights.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Jeffrey Stout to give Gifford Lectures

Religion Unbound: Ideals and Powers from Cicero to King
May 1 – May 11, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Business School Auditorium, University of Edinburgh

In “Religion Unbound,” a 2017 Gifford Lecture Series hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University) will trace the ideal’s history and explain how its defenders have defined and criticized religion.

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

CFP | Jews and Quakers (UPDATED)

Brighton pierThe Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex and Woodbrooke Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Birmingham, invite submissions for a groundbreaking joint one-day conference to be held at the University of Sussex on October 13, 2017, under the title “Jews and Quakers: On the borders of acceptability.”

The conference aims to explore the impact on the thought, theology, and praxis of Jewish and Quaker communities following experiences of persecution, political alienation, and outsider status in the wider communities in which they have lived in Europe, North America, and globally since the seventeenth century. It offers a rare opportunity for researchers to identify and explore such parallels and differences as might be found between the experiences of Jews and Quakers.

The coordinators welcome papers from established scholars, postdoctoral early career researchers, and doctoral candidates. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2017. More details can be found here or on their website.

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Friday, January 6th, 2017

CFP | Converting Spaces: Re-Directing Missions Through Global Encounters

Converting SpacesThe department of religious studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, with support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies, will host an interdisciplinary conference from May 4-6, 2017, entitled “Converting Spaces: Re-Directing Missions Through Global Encounters.” The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Liam Brockey of the history department at Michigan State University.

Proposals addressing the relation of space to conversion in the context of European global and colonial expansion from the sixteenth century onwards are welcome from established scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers. The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2017.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Post-Doctoral Opportunity at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

ucb_bcsr_logo_rgb_cyanThe Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California-Berkeley has opened recruitment for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Charles Taylor wins Berggruen Prize

Charles TaylorOn October 4, 2016, the Berggruen Institute named philosopher Charles Taylor as the inaugural recipient of the Berggruen Prize—a one-million dollar annual award for a thinker “whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity.” For his breadth of study across disciplines, commitment to both academia and public life, and the legacy of his research into human relationship and meaning, the nine-person committee selected Professor Taylor as the first winner of this prize. In the words of Craig Calhoun, current president of the Berggruen Institute and former president of the Social Science Research Council, “Taylor’s own life exemplifies the wisdom that philosophy celebrates, bringing intellectual humanity as well as remarkable knowledge to personal relationships, teaching, scholarship, and public engagement.”

In celebration of this honor for Charles Taylor, we at The Immanent Frame collected some of our favorite content from the past nine years written by or about the man whose concept, the “immanent frame” (Chapter 15 of A Secular Age), is our namesake.

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