January 27, 2021

Call for Submissions: The Second Annual Peter Awn Undergraduate Paper Prize

The Departments of Religion at Columbia and Barnard are now welcoming submissions for the second annual Peter Awn Undergraduate Paper Prize. This prize of $500 will be given to the best paper written by an undergraduate for any course or seminar in Religion in the year prior.

This prize honors our colleague Peter Awn’s inspired teaching and his dedication to promoting and celebrating creative inquiry.

View the full announcement for submission instructions.

January 15, 2021

Ilona Gerbakher Receives 2020-2021 Fulbright Award

Ilona Gerbakher has won the 2020-2021 Fulbright Award to Morocco, in order to undertake ethnographic fieldwork for a portion of her dissertation entitled, "Medieval Texts, Modern Tellings: Medieval Sufi Handbooks and the formation of the Moroccan Sufi Self." 

January 07, 2021

Departmental Statement on Race and Racism

There is perhaps nothing more central to the history of race and racism in the modern world than the diverse set of ideas, institutions and practices that are brought together under the name of “religion.” In truth, it is impossible to think about religion without already thinking about race. This is as true today as it ever was.