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Dr Ankur Barua

Dr Ankur Barua – Director

After graduating with a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Delhi, Ankur went on to read Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, where he completed his Ph.D. on the symbolism of time and embodiment in St Augustine and Ramanuja. Specialising in Hinduism and the comparative philosophy of religion, he is now a Lecturer in Hindu Studies at the Faculty. His academic interests cover a wide range of topics from the history, philosophy and concepts of the Hindu traditions to their relationships with other religious traditions and within different cultures. Ankur’s expertise significantly broadens CIP’s knowledge and understanding of world faiths, enabling it to encompass non-Abrahamic as well as Abrahamic traditions. 

 

 

Team 2015 Garth 133x200Professor Garth Fowden Academic Director

Garth Fowden read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford, and there also wrote his doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Henry Chadwick, on Pagan philosophers in late antique society, with special reference to Iamblichus and his followers (1979). Between 1978 and 1983 he held research fellowships at Peterhouse and at Darwin College, Cambridge. From 1983 to 1985 he taught Byzantine and Modern Greek History at Groningen University in the Netherlands, whence he moved to a position at the National Research Foundation, Athens, and then to the Sultan Qaboos Chair in 2013. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University; the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan; the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; and most recently (2012-13) the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

 

 

Charity Green – Administrator of Research and External Relations

Charity is the Administrator of Research and External Relations for the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Programme, its events and activities, as well as broader research plans. Charity is on secondment from the Faculty of Education, and has a background in charity fundraising and marketing.

 

 

Team 2015 Giles 133x200Dr Giles Waller - Research Associate                    

Giles joined the team in 2014. Formerly assisting CIP’s former Director Professor David Ford, he is now Research Associate to Academic Director Professor Garth Fowden. Giles read Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he also completed an MPhil. His doctoral research, also at Peterhouse, focused on the borderlands of Christian doctrine, literature, and philosophy, looking at the theological reception of Greek tragedy, with a particular comparative interest in Martin Luther’s theology of the cross. In 2011, along with Kevin Taylor, Giles edited a collection that brought together theologians and literary scholars, Christian Theology and Tragedy: Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory (Ashgate), to which he contributed an essay on the role of tragedy in the work of Donald MacKinnon.

 

 

 

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BOOK NOW for CIP's Festival of Ideas Events 2019

Sep 11, 2019

Events: Two talks hosted by CIP for the Festival of Ideas 2019 on the theme of 'change'

Scriptural Reasoning at Greenbelt 2019, 26 Aug 2019

Aug 19, 2019

Event: 'Scripture & Violence - Challenging Assumptions': Scriptural Reasoning at Greenbelt Festival 2019 on 26 August at 11am

Church Times coverage of CIP event

Jul 22, 2019

'Neither inherently violent nor safe' by Michael Wakelin in Church Times, 19 July 2019

Mosaic Law Among the Moderns Workshop, 22 July 2019

Jun 19, 2019

Event: Workshop 'Mosaic Law Among the Moderns: Constructions of Biblical Law in 19th Century Germany', 22-24 July 2019, St John's College, University of Cambridge

Scripture & The Enemy: Scriptural Reasoning in the University Conference 2019

Jun 13, 2019

Event: Scripture & The Enemy: Scriptural Reasoning in the University Conference 2019, 1-3 July 2019, Faculty of Divinity

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