Religion and the Public Sphere

Religion and Social Justice Movements in Transatlantic Perspective

Given the rise of nationalist and exclusionary movements on both sides of the Atlantic, which have mobilized against (and racialized) immigrant groups and communities of color, the symposium brings US- and Europe-focused research more directly into dialogue with regard to scholarship on religious responses to Islamophobia, the demonizing of migrants, and the broader attacks on growing racial and religious diversity. This full-day event is arranged around three sessions of relatively informal roundtables, addressing how religious transformations influence social action; the ways in which social mobilization has changed in the past fifty years and the effects on religious engagement with social justice; …

Religion and the Public Sphere Summer Institute for Early-Career Scholars

The SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere Program, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, hosted a weeklong Summer Institute for Early-Career Scholars from July 26 – August 1, 2021. Sixteen early-career scholars conducting research on the ways in which religion intersects with two critical public issues–social justice movements and environmental crises–participated in this hybrid-format event, with attendees participating from Santa Fe, NM and virtually from around the world.

Announcing the 2021 SSRC Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grantees

The Social Science Research Council is proud to announce the ten early-career scholars selected to receive 2021 Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grants. The grants aim to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. Established in 2020, the Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grants are offered through the SSRC Religion and the Public Sphere program in partnership with the Fetzer Institute. This year’s competition emphasized research that examines the ways spirituality, religious traditions, and institutions shape democratic participation, debates, institutions, and public policies. Selected projects address topics including the complex