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Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) UC Berkeley 440 Stephens Hall, MC 2340 Berkeley, CA 94720 510.642.1328 info.cir@berkeley.edu

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) pioneers new approaches to the study of spiritual matters. Taking the consideration of theology beyond isolated analyses of foundational texts and sacred rites, BCSR integrates considerations of religion into wider socio-economic and political paradigms, connecting belief-systems to concurrent structures or patterns of migration, sexuality, warfare, and knowledge, among other items. The importance of such work on religion in today’s geopolitical and cultural climates speaks for itself. BCSR’s Public Theology Program, funded through 2018 by the Henry Luce Foundation, is fundamentally changing the study of religion in public universities.

The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory creates globally recognized, multi-faceted critique of historical and contemporary power. Its focus on complex, philosophically informed long-term thought is vital to the educative mission of the university, especially at a time when quick and predominately quantitative reasoning and discourse dominate the public sphere. With approximately 60 affiliated faculty members, including some of the most influential scholars of the last 30 years, such as Judith Butler, Wendy Brown, and Martin Jay, Critical Theory serves more than 100 graduate students across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, making its Designated Emphasis the largest DE program at Berkeley.

Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Digital Humanities at Berkeley creates and facilitates digitally driven research and pedagogy on campus. DH’s grants, consultations, courses, and summer institute allow faculty and students to integrate digital tools into humanist practice. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Digital Humanities at Berkeley promotes the thoughtful application of digital technology to knowledge creation, updating the critical skill set and professional horizons of a liberal arts education.

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About

The Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) supports and develops interdisciplinary research and programming on the Berkeley campus and beyond. Established in 2013 by UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences: Division of Arts and Humanities, CIR provides infrastructure to grow and sustain interdisciplinary programs. We produce research activities across disciplinary and departmental lines, leveraging opportunities for exchange, programming, and dissemination within campus and to a global audience.
CIR currently supports the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), The Program in Critical Theory, and Digital Humanities at Berkeley. BCSR runs the $1 million Luce Foundation funded Public Theology Program, while The Program in Critical Theory houses the Mellon funded International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs. We produce 30-40 events a year, manage $4.5 million in grants funding, and coordinate activities bringing together a diverse community of 200 faculty, advisors, scholars and graduate students from nearly 30 campus departments and schools. Working closely with faculty leadership, CIR develops and manages grants, plans events, overseas academic publications and programming, delivers outreach and communications, and distributes faculty and student awards for research.
We customize our work based on the unique and independent ideas and missions of our units to best support their shaping and promulgation of new and emerging research. We proudly deliver, reliably and creatively, high level administrative and programming expertise to advance our programs' interdisciplinary missions involving the Berkeley campus and the global community.