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Arthur Ghins

AGhinsArthur is a PhD Candidate in Political Theory at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The aim of his doctoral dissertation is to determine how French political thinkers such as Benjamin Constant (1767-1830) and Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) attempted to reconcile liberalism with Christianity on the basis of the conviction that religion can positively contribute to the life of the polis. His research is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Cambridge Trust and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

Arthur holds a a dual BA in Law and Philosophy from Université Saint-Louis, Brussels (2011), a two-year master in Law from Université Catholique de Louvain (2013), an MA in Philosophy from KU Leuven (2014) and an MSc in Political Theory from LSE (2015). He has worked as an intern for several law firms, a newspaper as well as for the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

His research interests include politics and religion in modern political thought, political theology, theories of secularisation and the Christian heritage of Europe.

News & Events

26th Sep 2017

CIRIS Research Associate Margot Dazey Awarded Fellowship at Yale

CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Margot Dazey has been awarded a Fox International Fellowship to spend the year at Yale University. Fox Fellows are selected for their potential to offer practical solutions to the problems which stand in the way of the world’s peace and prosperity. Hosted at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, […]

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Publications

13th Jul 2017

CIRIS Research Associate Tobias Müller Contributes Chapter to Report on Muslims in Europe

13 July 2017 – CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Tobias Müller recently contributed a chapter in a report on Muslims in the UK and Europe published by the Centre for Islamic Studies at Cambridge University. Müller’s chapter, ‘Constructing Islam and Secularism in the German Islam Conference,’ argues that beyond the intentions expressed by government officials, the aims of the […]

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At CIRIS, we aim to equip students and scholars in Cambridge and beyond with a robust and nuanced appreciation for the role of religion in international politics that they will take with them into their future research and/or practice around the world. To this end, we host public lectures, academic seminars, and other events. We are also pursuing research projects that draw on the contributions of Cambridge-based academics.

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We use our platform at Cambridge to influence the public conversation on matters of faith and politics—in the UK and around the world. CIRIS enjoys strong links to key governments, media outlets, religious groups, NGOs, civic leaders, and scholars. We want our website and social media platforms to provide a dynamic space for disseminating and discussing the contributions of our staff, associates, and partners.

Supporting diplomats

CIRIS serves as the secretariat for the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy (TPNRD). We facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration among this community of diplomats from Europe and North America who have a responsibility for religion-related issues within their respective foreign ministries. The work of the TPNRD secretariat is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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