Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Berkeley and Beyond
The Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry (CICI) fosters cross-divisional, cross-regional and global collaborations in order to address the key political, social, religious and cultural issues of our time. We are committed to thinking creatively across an array of fields to develop a capacious vision of the arts and the human and social sciences, in relation to critical thought, justice and ethics.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, for an evening lecture presented by Eric Fassin, one of France’s leading and widely-translated intellectuals. Read more about this event on our news page.
We are delighted to announce our annual symposium, Demos Anxiety: “Great Replacement” Theory and Democracy. This symposium will take place on Friday, October 20, 2023, in the Maude Fife Room at UC Berkeley. Please visit our news page for more information.
Students looking for the right major to become global citizens in today’s world are increasingly turning to the arts and humanities at Berkeley. Pictured here is the music archive of KALX. (UC Berkeley photo by Elena Zhukova)
Programs and Initiatives
The Program in Critical Theory
The Program in Critical Theory (the Designated Emphasis, or “DE,” in Critical Theory) enables graduate students already enrolled in UC Berkeley PhD programs from across the social sciences, arts, and humanities to obtain certification of a Designated-Emphasis specialization in Critical Theory.
The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs
The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) seeks to document, connect, and support the various programs and projects that now represent critical theory across the globe. Through its work, the Consortium aims to document the global contours of critical theory today, supporting critical thought both inside and outside the university in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology studies, and seeking collaborative forms for critically responding to pressing global challenges.
Recently Added: The Environmental Arts & Humanities Initiative
The Environmental Arts & Humanities Initiative brings together faculty and students in the arts and humanities and interpretive social sciences to advance the multidisciplinary study of the environment with particular attention to critical histories and futures, narrative, visual, and embodied practices, beliefs, values, and ethics, and environmental justice and the public good.
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) advances creative and critical scholarship on religion. Since its founding in 2012, BCSR has become a nexus for interdisciplinary collaboration, uniting leading scholars from an array of disciplines and responding to recent developments in the humanities and social sciences.
The Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program
Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program (BDPTP) is a multifaceted, three-year project initiating the second phase of BCSR’s Religion in the World initiative. Building upon the Luce Berkeley Public Theology Program, the first phase of "Religion in the World," BDPTP aims to advance both academic and public understanding of public theology, religion, and democracy, and to create mutually beneficial conversations among them.
New Exploratory Grant: Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in our Times
The Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry (CICI) and International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) are pleased to jointly announce the launch of a new exploratory grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Principal Investigators are Judith Butler, Co-Chair of the Board of the ICCTP, and Debarati Sanyal, Director of CICI.
Digital Humanities creates and facilitates digitally driven research and pedagogy. Its grants, consultations, courses, and summer institute allow faculty and students to integrate digital tools into humanist practice. It promotes the thoughtful application of digital technology to knowledge creation, updating the critical skill set and professional horizons of a liberal arts education.
The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative
With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) launched a four-year program with the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI). APARRI is a vibrant scholarly community committed to promoting the critical awareness of Asian Pacific American religions and fostering the next generation of scholars and community leaders. Our mission is to work towards a society in which Asian Pacific American religions are valued, recognized, and central to the understanding of American public life.