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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

Venue - Cambridge Divinity Faculty

Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme convenes a regular seminar on Inter-religious Relations. The range of speakers includes visiting scholars, guests, and researchers from the Faculty of Divinity. All are welcome to attend. 

Lent 2022 Seminars

Tuesdays, 2.15 pm, Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity

Tuesday 1 February
Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (Faculty of Music, Cambridge)

Land, Voice, Nation: the performance of Jewish-Muslim encounters through music in Morocco

Tuesday 15 February
Prof Esra Özyürek

Shouldering Guilt, Cultivating Empathy: Holocaust memory and Muslim belonging in Germany

Tuesday 15 March
Dr Marie Chabbert (St John's College Cambridge)

Contemporary French Thought and the Definition of Religion


Please scroll down for further information, including abstracts and biographies for these talks.

Information for Lent 2022

During the 2022 Lent term (January-March), seminars will be held on Tuesdays at 2:15pm in the Lightfoot Room at the Faculty of Divinity, West Road, CB3 9DP. 

As part of COVID-mitigation measures for this venue, those on site should wear masks, unless speaking or drinking. The venue has a capacity of 35.

Seminars will be livestreamed. Those who wish to join us online should sign up in advance via Eventbrite

Please note: During the livestream, the camera will focus on the person who is speaking—whether that’s the chair, speaker, respondent or those in the audience putting questions. It also displays a 360-degree image of the room. Those uncomfortable with appearing on camera may prefer to join via the livestream.

Other seminars of interest

A diverse range of seminar series are coordinated within the Faculty of Divinity. The following sessions, scheduled for Lent 2022, may be of interest to our associates and other friends of Cambridge Interfaith Programme.

Indian Religion Research Seminar

The Indian Religion Research seminar is timetabled for alternate Tuesdays (dates when there is no Inter-Religious Relations Seminar session). The convenor is Dr Christopher Jones.

Tuesday 25 January: Dr Claire Maes (University of Tübingen)
Fasting to Death (sallekhanā) in Jainism: Legal Debates and Ethical Questions.
NB This session will be online only.

Tuesday 8 February: Dr Alice Collett (University of Wolverhampton)
Gender and Buddhist Doctrine.

Tuesday 22 February: Dr Paul Fuller (University of Edinburgh)
Creating and solving human problems in engaged Buddhism.

Tuesday 8 March 8: Dr Jonathan Duquette (University of Cambridge)
Neo-Vedānta, Hindu unity and the advaita of pandits.

Religions of Late Antiquity

The Religions of Late Antiquity Seminar (formerly the Patristics Seminar) meets in even weeks of term on Mondays in the Lightfoot Room in the Divinity Faculty at 2pm. The convenor is Dr Anna Lefteratou. This term's programme includes:

Monday 14 March: Dr. Maijastina Kahlos (Helsinki)
Inter-religious relations in Late Antique Alexandria (and elsewhere).

Members of the University are welcome to attend all seminars. Those outside the University are recommended to contact the relevant convenor to inquire before attending.

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