Fall 2017 Events

November 2017

The Popular and Elite Roots of Republican Extremism in the United States
November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Populism and Religion Pt. III, Theda Skocpol: The Popular and Elite Roots of Republican Extremism in the United States To explain the distinct but intertwined popular and elite roots of Republican extremism in the United States, Skocpol draws on her research on the Tea Party, on the Koch politic...
Freeze, Die, Come to Life: The Many Paths to Immortality in Contemporary Russia
November 8, 2017 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Anya Bernstein, IRCPL Visiting Scholar and Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs, will be giving a talk next week as part of the Franz Boas Seminar Series with the Department of Anthropology. Reception will follow in the Robert F. Murphy/Morton H. Fried Department o...
The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey
November 16, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Discussions of modernity – or alternative and multiple modernities – often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe,...
Recognition in Religion and Theology
November 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Recognition in Religion and Theology: Philosophical, Historical, and Literary Perspectives A group of Finnish scholars has been working on a six-year project at the University of Helsinki on Reason and Religious Recognition.  They have been investigating the concept of social recognition and its im...
Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus: Eastern Mediterranean
November 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This day-long event is the first of a three-piece series that focuses on the movement of people across and along the Mediterranean and the emergence, re-signification, and use of sites of memory. Bringing together a mix of panelists from the humanities and social sciences, the day will incl...
Beyond Fighting ISIS: Gender, Conflict & Nationalism
November 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event is being presented by the Middle East Institute and cosponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
Book Talk – Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics
November 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Most of the major black literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular, secularizing and, at times, profane. In this book, Josef Sorett demonstrates that religion was actually a formidable force within these movements, animating and organizin...
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Evolution in Organization and Ideology from the early 1970s until 2017
November 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ABSTRACT Contrary to the generally accepted conceptualization of the Brotherhood as an ‘Islamist movement’, we will understand the Brotherhood as a modern political organization. We will focus on the various internal political and personality clashes that have characterized the Brotherhood’s l...

October 2017

Mapping the Sacred: Preserving Life-giving Ecosystems Symposium
October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Mapping the Sacred: Preserving Life-giving Ecosystems Symposium, a grant-writing workshop and community-based participatory mapping training module, will be held between October 13 and 17, 2017 at the American Institute for Indian Studies Headquarters (AIIS) in Gurgaon, India. Co-sponsored by the In...
Pious Technologies and Secular Designs
October 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - October 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
For over a decade, scholars in sociology, anthropology, and religious studies have been engaged in a heated debate about the role of religion in modern politics and society, a discussion formerly absent from most canonical accounts of modernization and globalization. For too long, a simplistic view ...
Religious Accommodations and “Equal But Different” Citizenship
October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Populism and Religion Pt. II, Rogers Smith:Religious Accommodations and “Equal But Different” Citizenship Even as controversies continue to rage over preferential treatment for racial and ethnic minorities, many religious conservatives are contending with mounting intensity that their re...
Adopting Reformation Ideals and Practices in South India: Impact on Indian Agents
October 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Daniel Jeyaraj is Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University and Director of the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. His teaching and research deal with the life, work, and writings of European missionaries and Tamil Christian leaders in 18th ce...

September 2017

September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Under this title, Dr. Elad Lapidot of Freie Universitat Berlin will introduce his critical reflections on anti-Semitism and, more importantly, on the critique of anti-Semitism (anti-anti-Semitism). His critique is done from the perspective of political epistemology, namely the relation between knowl...
Qissebaazi: A Multilingual Storytelling Performance by Danish Husain
September 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In South Asia, each region of India has its own style and tradition of storytelling in its local languages. Expanding and building on these traditions, Qissebaazi is a multilingual theatrical presentation performed by Danish Husain. On September 18th, 2017, Husain will perform a section of the class...
Religious Populisms, Right and Left, in Europe and the Americas
September 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Populism and Religion Pt. I, José Casanova: Religious Populisms, Right and Left, in Europe and the Americas We are witnessing a global emergence of populist movements throughout the world, reacting diversely to discontents connected with ongoing processes of globalization and with the crisis of rep...