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May 2016 

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01) BCSR Announces 2016 Recipients of Summer Research Grants in Religion
02) Announcing New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grantees
03) BCSR Hosts Visiting Student Researcher Lene Kofoed

04) Summer 2016
 
01) BCSR Announces 2016 Recipients of Summer Research Grants in Religion

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) has awarded summer grants in support of two exciting and innovate graduate student research projects. This year's recipients were drawn from a very competitive pool of promising proposals received from an open call to UC Berkeley graduate students. 

Melissa Cradic is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology. She is working on a dissertation entitled 
Transformations in Death: Funerary Practices and Personhood in the Bronze Age Levant, which investigates the role of ancestor veneration in the Canaanite funerary religion of the 2nd millennium B.C.E. Levant. With support from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, she will travel to Israel and Jordan to conduct excavation at the project’s principal research site, Tel Megiddo (Israel), and visit twelve sites across the region for comparative analyses.

Jason Price, a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, will be completing his ethnographic research for his dissertation, Holy Ghost Inc: Inside a Malawian Ministry of Deliverance. In the dissertation, Price traces the ways in which health and healing, identity formation and management, political commentary and contestation, entrepreneurship and investment, and aesthetics and cultural production are indexed and enacted in personal transformations at a Pentecostal ministry on the outskirts of a populous Malawian town.

Support for the 2016 BCSR Student Summer Research Grants is provided by the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities. 

 
02) Announcing New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grantees
 
BCSR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Eight students have been selected to receive a $5,000 grant provided through the Berkeley Public Theology Program. The grantee cohort includes incoming first-year and continuing second-year students from a variety of disciplines.
 
Max Brandstadt (Group in Asian Studies, 2nd year)
Aaron Eldridge (Anthropology, 2nd year)
Brent Eng (Anthropology, 1st year)
Shterna Friedman (Political Science, 1st year)
Mohamad Jarada (Anthropology, 1st year)
Landon Reitz (German, 2nd year)
Max Stevenson (English, 2nd year)
Madeline Wyse (Near Eastern Studies, 2nd year)
 
The cohort participates in biweekly meetings convened by BCSR faculty, receives intellectual guidance on research projects, and contributes to the building of a unified community of inquiry on the Berkeley campus in public theology.

 
03) BCSR Hosts Visiting Student Researcher Lene Kofoed

Lene Koefoed joins BCSR as a visiting student researcher through October, 2016. She is a graduate student in the department of Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen. After years of working as a publishing editor in education, she is now writing a master’s thesis on religious education in Danish public schools. Based on field research with teachers, it examines viewpoints on religion in education and the influence of the Danish state church. 
 
04) Summer 2016

We'd like to thank our faculty, speakers, and event attendees for a wonderful year at BCSR. Over the summer, please visit our website to listen to audio recordings of past events and find updates on the coming year's programming. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

 
By connecting scholars, students, and the global community, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) fosters critical and creative scholarship on religion and activates this scholarship for students and the public at large.

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