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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

 

When political power is asserted or contested, the dead and their afterlives regularly make an appearance. Promises of martyrdom have fuelled suicide attacks around the globe, including in Europe. Celebrated martyrs have the capacity to mobilise communities and inspire upheaval. Yet we know too little about the appeal, mechanisms and effects of political martyrdom, whether religious or secular. To address this lacuna, this project investigates the role that martyrdom plays in the ongoing Kurdish conflict. Through ethnographic research, it explores how dead bodies are transformed into politically potent martyr figures through a variety of narrative, visual, digital and material means. In this way, the project seeks to conceptualise afterlives as central sites for the constitution, performance and contestation of political power and community. 

This project is funded by a British Academy Newton International Fellowship. 

Principal Investigator

Dr Marlene Schäfers

Publications

An initial publication from the project is a peer-reviewed thematic thread on Afterlives on the online publication platform Allegra Lab (published in May 2020), curated and with an introduction by Dr Marlene Schäfers. 

Latest news

Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning in German Published

2 April 2021

A short German-language introduction to the interfaith practice of Scriptural Reasoning by Cambridge researcher Dr Julia Snyder has now been published. Scriptural Reasoning brings people of different faith traditions together to read scriptures and build understanding.

Vacancy: CIP Communications and Programme Manager (Part Time, Fixed Term)

31 March 2021

Cambridge Interfaith Programme (CIP) seeks an enthusiastic and creative Communications and Programme Manager to join a dynamic team who carry out research and public engagement in the broad area of interreligious relations.

CIP Seminar in Inter-religious Relations, Easter Term 2020/21

26 March 2021

CIP Seminar in Inter-religious Relations continues online in the Easter Term of 2020/21, with talks by Professor Ayala Fader, Professor Niloofar Haeri and Professor Jackie Feldman.