Supporting UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research and Academic Centers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
ContactConsortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) UC Berkeley 440 Stephens Hall, MC 2340 Berkeley, CA 94720 510.642.1328 firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley Center for the Study of ReligionThe 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 TheoryThe 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 BerkeleyDigital 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.
The Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) was established in 2013 by UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences: Division of Arts and Humanities with a mission to support programming and development of dynamic interdisciplinary research units in the humanities and social sciences.
Working closely with faculty leadership, CIR develops and manages the programmatic and administrative activities of interdisciplinary, campus-wide programs. We build grants, report back to grants institutions, and administer services across programs in events planning, outreach, publications, communications, research development, academic residencies, faculty and student awards, student advising, and academic programming.
CIR supports the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, The Program in Critical Theory, and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley, three programs with a total of $4.5 million grants funding and led by a highly diverse community of 200 faculty, advisors, scholars and graduate students from nearly 30 campus departments and schools including Anthropology, African Diaspora Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Culture, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, French, Geography, Gender and Women's Studies, German, History, Law, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric, Sociology, and Spanish & Portuguese.
We customize our work based on the unique and independent ideas, concepts, and missions of the units we support and believe that professional presentation and best practices are critical in developing and increasing reception of new and emerging research.