Religion has been increasingly acknowledged in recent years as an important aspect of national and international politics, a pervasive and contentious cultural force, and a subject of significant public concern. Through a range of projects, the Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere seeks to foster engagement and cooperation among social scientists and others working on religion, secularism, and related topics, to support new and innovative scholarship in this critical area of study, and to elevate the quality of both academic and public discussion.

The work of the SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere program is possible due to generous funding from The Henry Luce Foundation, The Fetzer Institute, and The Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation.

Our Work

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Religion, Media, and the Digital Turn
Christopher D. Cantwell and Hussein Rashid
Habermas and Religion
Calhoun, Craig Jackson, Mendieta, Eduardo, VanAntwerpen, Jonathan
The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society
Gorski, Philip, Kim, David Kyuman, Torpey, John, VanAntwerpen, Jonathan
Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
Shah, Timothy Samuel, Stepan, Alfred, Toft, Monica Duffy

Funders and Partners

Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation