Upcoming Events

Hindutva & Hinduism:
Ethnic Nationalism’s Tryst with Religiosity in Modern India

Bill Drexel

Friday, 27 April, 12:00
POLIS 138 (Alison Richard Building)

Summary: This talk will give a brief history of 20th century Hindutva ideology and examine its changing relationship with religious faith. Looking particularly at the thought and careers of V. D. Savarkar and M. S. Golwalkar,  Drexel will examine in which ways the Hindu nationalist movement might be called ‘religious,’ the type of Hinduism(s) it tends to espouse, and how the religious elements of Hindutva thought come to bear domestically and internationally in Indian politics today.

Law and International Religious Freedom:
The Rise and Fall of the American Model

Pasquale Annicchino

Monday, 7 May, 12:00
POLIS 138 (Alison Richard Building)

Summary: Dr Pasquale Annicchino’s book Law and International Religious Freedom: The Rise and Decline of the American Model analyses the promotion and protection of freedom of religion in the international arena with a particular focus on the role of the United States and its impact on the legislation and policies of third countries and the EU.


More Easter term talks will be added here soon


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News & Events

24th Apr 2018

CIRIS Research Associate Leor Zmigrod Publishes Paper on Psychology of Brexit Voting

CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]



21st Feb 2018

Interview: Christopher Douglas on ‘Religion and Fake News’

In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]


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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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