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) provides full-service support to interdisciplinary research units at UC Berkeley. We produce events, manage programs, and oversee outreach and development efforts for high-profile UCB initiatives that advance the university’s research profile and international stature.
CIR presently serves The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, The Program in Critical Theory, and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley. Together, these initiatives include more than 200 faculty and graduate students from more than 25 campus departments across the social sciences and humanities. We produce 30-40 academic events for these programs annually, disperse grants, run academic programs, and help to manage $4.5 million in grant funding that we have helped these units to procure.