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Cambridge Interfaith Research Forum
Student Symposium, 14 June 2024

Religious life is characterised in equal parts by rupture—where concepts and commitments are stretched, broken down, and re-imagined, and reconciliation—where concepts and commitments are re-formulated, brought together, and harmonised. 

This student-led symposium seeks to explore iterations and implications of these processes. Whether you are an early-career researcher with rich insights to present, a postgraduate student looking to share developing research, or an undergraduate student hoping to elaborate an emerging idea, we invite you to engage with this theme.

Possible topics and approaches include rupture/reconciliation:

  • in example(s) from history

  • as theological category

  • as a theme in religious discourse

  • and the role of religious authority

  • in religious–secular relations

  • in ecological or political thought


Full papers will be up to 20 minutes. Lightning presentations (~3 minutes) are also invited. Creative and off-piste proposals are welcome—including contributions from the visual and performance arts.

To discuss an idea or ask a question before submitting a proposal, please write to: if-forum-symposium @ 


It is expected that participants will be current students or recent graduates of the University of Cambridge.

To submit a response, please complete the web form below—this requires a short description or abstract.

The deadline to respond to this call for papers is 11:59pm on Friday 26 April.

About the Student Symposium

The symposium will take place in person at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, on Friday 14 June 2024. (A report from the 2023 student symposium is available to read.)

The symposium is funded through the Cambridge Interfaith Research Forum’s grant scheme. It is not necessary to be a member of the Research Forum, although final-year undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to join.

If the Microsoft form does not appear, please access it at this link instead—Raven login may be required.

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