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, with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, is fundamentally changing the study of religion in public universities.
The Program in Critical TheoryUC Berkeley's interdisciplinary Program in Critical Theory engages in a globally-recognized, multi-faceted critique of historical and contemporary forms, institutions, relations, and discourses of power. The Program emphasizes the centrality of theoretical critique in the examination, ongoing development, and re-formation of values and norms. Its focus on complex, philosophically-informed and sustained thought is vital to the university's educational mission, especially at a time when rapid and short-term, mechanistic, predominately quantitative reasoning and discourse dominate the public sphere. With approximately 70 affiliated faculty members, including some of the most influential scholars of the last few decades (such as Judith Butler, Wendy Brown, and Martin Jay), the Program in Critical Theory serves nearly 100 graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs across Berkeley's arts, humanities, and social-science departments, making its Designated Emphasis the largest DE on campus.
New Strategies for the Humanities at BerkeleyNew Strategies for the Humanities at Berkeley offers generous awards that support the development of interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Seminars, a Mentored-Research program, and undergraduate Compass Courses. The project ties in with the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan, which emphasizes the need for UC Berkeley to model “the university of the future” in the context of its role as a public research university. Programs connect variously to the undergraduate Discovery Initiative and the Signature Initiatives.
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. Estabslihed with generous funding from 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. An undergraduate minor and a certification in Digital Humanities were established in summer 2018.
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, oversees 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.