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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:

This is a round-up of news and information considered relevant to those in and near Cambridge. Our anniversary events were so productive, it has taken a little time to collect together some of the artefacts from those days and notices of upcoming events. Please forgive where they are therefore short notice and/or have already happened:

20th Anniversary records

Watch it (again): Videos from 5 & 6 September

Full video from the hybrid anniversary events is now available on YouTube. The footage covers Anthropologists in trialogue, Between religion and theology, Managing interfaith relations, and our Meet the team panel. 

Ecologies of Wisdom

At the time of the anniversary, we were also gifted a commemorative edition of an earlier lecture series, mentioned briefly during the Meet the team session. A copy of this collection has now been published on our website, together with a new foreword from our Academic Director Professor Esra Özyürek. 

Upcoming events

  • Symposium: The purpose of education in inter-religious perspective
    Friday 30 September, 9:15-15:00, Faculty of Education (Cambridge)
    Bhai Mohinder Singh OBE (Lead volunteer at the Birmingham-based Nishkam group), Nitesh Gor OBE (co-founder of the Avanti Schools Trust), and Clive Lawton OBE (chief executive of the Commonwealth Jewish Council) join Dr Farah Ahmed, Professor Rupert Wegerif and Dr Daniel Moulin for a dialogue about the purposes of education. 
    Contact Dr Daniel Moulin in the Faculty of Education to attend this symposium.
  • Symposium: Searching for the sacred in South Asia
    Friday 30 September (online) & Saturday 1 October (Cambridge)
    A postgraduate symposium organised by Divinity students Hina Khalid, Tilak Parekh and others. Further detail including a registration link is available here: Searching for the Sacred in South Asia: a postgraduate symposium
    Parts of this programme may be affected by UK rail strikes.
  • Inter-Religious Relations seminar series, resuming 13 October with
    "Neo-Ottomanism: from an imperial model for co-existence to a call for Muslim internationalism"
    Seminars will normally take place on Tuesday afternoons at 2:15pm following the pattern established last year. However, our opening seminar is a Thursday lunchtime special with guest speaker Dr Asli Igsiz, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Come to the Selwyn Room, Faculty of Divinity, from 12:15pm for a sandwich lunch (vegan and gluten free options available). The paper will start at 12:45pm. (Dr Igsiz is also participating in a panel event hosted by the Global Humanities Institute during this visit to Cambridge.)

From the recent past

  • Religion in three continents: exploring Jewish lives and inter-religious relations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East
    Our newest team member Dr Anastasia Badder joined Dr Daniel Weiss and Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz for a panel at the University of Cambridge Alumni Festival last week. The event was livestreamed on Zoom and a recording will be made available on the University's YouTube channel later in the autumn. View event details (via the Alumni Festival website).
  • Book launch: Rethinking Islam and space in Europe
    CIP affiliate Tobias Müller and Chris Moses (formerly of CIP) joined with Adela Taleb (Humboldt University, Berlin) to mark the release of their co-edited book Rethinking Islam and space in Europe: the politics of race, time and secularism. This is a further outworking of a conference held in 2017.  More details of the book and launch event (via the CIP website).

Notices from friends

  • Call for papers: Political theologies after Christendom
    The Protestant Political Thought project is looking widely for its conference next March, asking "in the context of religious pluralism worldwide... What are the most promising political and theological imaginaries of post-Christendom?" The deadline for abstracts is 15 October. View the detailed call (via the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford).
  • Cultures of continuity: Jewish-Muslim conversations on a contested ideal
    The first conference from the Forum for Jewish--Muslim Theology and Thought takes place at Humboldt University, Berlin, 24—26 October. Read about Cambridge involvement and the full programme
  • Call for applications: Abdullah Al-Mubarak Research Fellowship (Pembroke College, Cambridge)
    A three-year postdoctoral fellowship on any aspect of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Applicants must obtain (or have obtained) their PhD between 1 October 2021 and 1 October 2023. Deadline for applications is 14 October. View the advert for this position.
  • Job: Assistant Professor, Modern Arabic Literature and Islamic Culture.
    The Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley is recruiting for a tenure-track position. Applications close on 15 October. View full details:

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