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The Cambridge Interfaith Programme has launched a podcast on Religion and Global Challenges. The podcast explores the many ways in which religious narratives and ideas, practices and experiences inform some of the most crucial challenges facing our world today.

You can look forward to monthly sessions where we will invite guest speakers to discuss topics ranging from religion and climate change to how people navigate religious difference in their everyday lives.

You can susbcribe to the podcast on all the major platforms or check out the latest updates on this website. For more information follow us on Twitter (@CamInterfaith) or send us an email at




Politics of Martyrdom

Dr Marlene Schäfers hosts the first mini-series of three episodes looking at the politics of martyrdom in contemporary Russia, Cyprus, Pakistan and India. Dr Schäfers is a social anthropologist and holder of a Newton International Fellowship awarded by the British Academy.

1. New Martyrs, Nationalism, and Moral Conservatism in Contemporary Russia and Cyprus: A Podcast with Dr Victoria Fomina

The first in a series of episodes on the politics of martyrdom in which we consider how religious and spiritual ideas about self-sacrifice animate contemporary social movements, political ideas, and moral imaginaries. In this episode, social anthropologist Dr Victoria Fomina (University of Toronto) discusses the rise of new martyr cults in the Christian Orthodox world, and how these articulate with a rise of nationalist politics, an admiration of militarist values, and the appeal of moral conservatism.


2. Martyrdom, Sacrifice, and Affect in Pakistan: A Podcast with Dr Maria Rashid

The second episode of our series on the politics of martyrdom hosts Dr Maria Rashid, author of Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army (Stanford UP, 2020). Together we discuss the role that affects and emotions play in making martyrdom a key theme for Pakistani militarism, the way in which gender impacts ideas about sacrifice, and how religion and nationalism intersect in the construction of martyrdom.

Latest news

£500,000 EU Award for a Research Network on Traces

29 July 2021

Together with his colleagues from several European universities, Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović (CIP Research Associate) has won a COST Action award funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, worth a total of £500,000, for a four-year research network project titled TRACTS: Traces as Research Agenda for Climate Change, Technology Studies, and Social Justice.

New CIP Podcast on Religion and Global Challenges!

4 July 2021

We are excited to launch 'Religion and Global Challenges', a new podcast of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, which explores how religious narratives and ideas, practices...