Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Berkeley and Beyond

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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.

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Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times

Learn about CICI's exploratory grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times" and the affiliated programs and events that have taken place over.

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Designated Emphasis in The Study of Religion

The Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion (DESR) supports graduate training in Religious Studies and in the Theory of the Study of Religion, promotes graduate research on topics related to religion, and brings together a cross-disciplinary faculty.


Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory was launched with the intention of providing graduate students the opportunity to train in true interdisciplinarity, bringing together some of the most rigorous and innovative forms of critique from across the humanities and social sciences.

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UC Berkeley and Harvard Jointly Launch Study of Psychedelics’ Influence on Art, History and Human Existence

On November 15, the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University announced a new, collaborative initiative that will expand psychedelic research across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Called “Psychedelics in Society and Culture,” the joint effort between the nation’s foremost public and private universities will foster new ways of thinking and partnering to answer some of the most pressing and intriguing questions surrounding psychedelics and society.

Programs and Initiatives