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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme


Also circulated as an email bulletin, this is the round up of news from Cambridge Interfaith Programme, providing the briefest of updates on our activities. Starred notices (*) are relevant for Cambridge colleagues only:

Inter- Religious Tuesdays

Our Inter-Religious Relations seminar will resume on Tuesdays at 2pm from 1 February. This term we welcome papers from Vanessa Paloma-Elbaz (Music), Marie Chabbert (French Studies) and our Academic Director, Esra Özyürek. The Religious Studies seminar will meet in the same slot on alternating Tuesdays. Full information about both seminar series will be published on our seminar webpage once details have been confirmed. (NB There will be no session on 1 March).

Cambridge Interfaith Programme at 20

CIP was conceived twenty years ago. Throughout this anniversary year, we’ll be uncovering the Programme’s history and sharing visions for the next 20 years in conversation with past, present and future stakeholders. More information to come in our February update.

World Interfaith Harmony Week, 1-7 February

This is an annual event, supported by the UN. If you are organising a relevant event, why not list it on their website? We will circulate information about events in Cambridge, and others organised by Friends of CIP, next update. 

Religions in the Media: can you help?

Tanenbaum is creating a new database to help media organisations improve how different religious communities and groups are represented. The resource will include links to guidelines and media kits from a wide range of organisations and is focused on self-representation (how religious groups describe themselves). Suggestions of relevant resources, whether demonstrating the diversity of major religions, providing insight into smaller religious communities, or offering guidance on interfaith representation are invited. Friends of CIP can send suggestions to our team, to be checked and sent on.

*Event funding and support: CRASSH

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) has opened applications for conference and events funding for 2022-23. Up to £2,500 is available, plus in-kind support. Faculty, College members and graduate students at the University of Cambridge are eligible. The closing date is 18 February. If you would like a CIP colleague to give feedback on a draft application or act as a sounding board for your ideas, please get in touch.

News from our Associates

  • Following COP26, CIP affiliate Tobias Mueller has written for The Ecologist and (with Prof. Özyürek) in The Conversation, discussing eco-activism and religious responses to climate change. He has also signed a contract with Routledge for Rethinking Islam and space in Europe: The politics of race, time and secularism (due late 2022).
  • We congratulate associate Andrew Davison venturing into ever widening territories: Andrew has led the Divinity Faculty’s successful input to the new Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe. You may also have spotted Andrew touted as NASA advisor in the national press before Christmas (or writing for the Royal Mail’s Christmas stamp collection).
  • Safet HadžiMuhamedović’s monograph, Waiting for Elijah: time and encounter in a Bosnian landscape is now out in paperback, with an additional foreword from Marko Živković.
  • Last update we congratulated Daniel Weiss on his Humboldt Research Fellowship. A reminder that he is on sabbatical leave throughout Lent 2022.

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