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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

The Centre for Geopolitics has received a three-year, £30,000 grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its project on Protestant Political Thought. Managed by the Centre’s Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies (CIRIS), the project will strengthen and expand international collaborative research on Protestantism, nationalism, and populism.

Launched in 2019, the Protestant Political Thought project explores diverse strands of political thought within the Protestant tradition in relation to contemporary political debates on the state, nation, and national identity. The project involves hosting international workshops and conferences, facilitating reading groups for Cambridge University undergraduates and postgraduates, and generating publications for a broad audience.  

Professor Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, welcomed the grant, saying "The Protestant Political Thought project has created a timely new transatlantic research network and we are grateful for the generous support of the DAAD to help push this initiative forward."

Protestant Political Thought has received previous support from the Harold C. Smith Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the DAAD.