Call for Application – UCSIA Summer School “Culture, Religion and Society”

(26 August – 2 September 2012, Antwerp, Belgium)‏

We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the 2012 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 26 August until Sunday 2 September (dates of arrival and departure). This year the programme will focus on the topic of Secularism(s) and Religion in Society.


It is evident that religion, culture and society are strongly interwoven and are crucial for understanding the contemporary world. With globalization touching all aspects of our lives, religion(s) and culture(s) have to understand their position in this complex globalizing process. It is the aim of the interdisciplinary UCSIA summer school to better understand the dynamic interplay between the macro- and micro-social developments concerning religion that take place in much of the contemporary world.

Guest lecturers are Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi), Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College), Robert W. Hefner (Boston University) and John Hutchinson (London School of Economics).

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.

You can submit your application via the electronic submission on the summer school website. The completed file as well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 15 April 2012.

For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at their website.

Please help us to distribute this call for application among PhD students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for this summer school.

For all further information, do not hesitate to contact UCSIA on the address below.

Sara Mels

Project coordinator


Prinsstraat 14

B-2000 Antwerp


Tel. +32 (0)3 265 45 99

Fax +32 (0)3 707 09 31



TONIGHT: Religious Identity In ‘Superdiverse’ Societies, 8th February 2012 LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER


The first Faith Debate Religious Identity in ‘Superdiverse’ Societies is tonight, Wednesday, 8th February 2012 at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. A few places are still available and if you would like to register, please email

The academic papers for the debate are now available to download: and speaker Professor Kim Knott has a piece on it in this week’s Tablet (

The Faith in Schools debate on 22nd February is oversubscribed, but places are still available to register for the rest of the series, see website for more information: