“Eurasian Religions in Contact: Toward a Global History of Religions” (Summer School, Bochum, Germany, July 25-August 3)

If you’re interested in the global history of religion–one of the liveliest discussions within the field of global history today–here’s a recent call for applications that will surely be of interest. At the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, a summer school entitled “Eurasian Religions in Contact: Toward a Global History of Religions” will be taking place this summer. Here’s how the call for applications describes it:

Eurasian Religions in Contact Summer School (ERiC) provides a fruitful and well-established format for introducing and discussing cutting-edge research relating to the problems of studying inter-religious relations on a global scale.

This summer school is a one-and-a-half week course taking place from Monday 25 July until Wednesday 03 August 2016.

The summer school will examine such diverse topics as religion, gender, media, digital humanities and material culture. Aimed at doctoral and advanced masters’-level students, ERiC encourages students from around the world to consider religious studies from multiple political and cultural standpoints, giving them the opportunity to create an international network of like-minded junior scholars.

The approach of the ERiC Summer School is historically and culturally comparative: looking at religious interaction across time as well as geography. Christian-Muslim contacts in the past give hints at current issues; Buddhism’s role as a conduit through which many ideas shifted from India to Tibet and China looks at the ties that bind in Asian history; interreligious contacts in medieval and early medieval Ethiopia foreshadow contacts and conflicts in the contemporary Horn of Africa. All such regions and histories have been the subjects of past ERiC presentations and discussions.

The ERiC Summer School is a project of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

Sounds interesting, right? It gets better, for as the organizers note, “accepted students will receive a round trip ticket from their home or university to Germany, accommodations, all lunches and two dinners. The summer school is free of charge.” If you are interested in applying, the call for applications continues,

please send a letter of interest including your expectation how you might benefit from the summer school, a research project proposal and a recent curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of two referees to (preferably via email):

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof Dr Adam Knobler
Universitätsstr. 90a
44789 Bochum

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016. Good luck!

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