SPRING 2019 Events

April 2019

Populism as Political Theology: An Anthropological Perspective
April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of the Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project, funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation. William Mazzarella is the Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College at the University of Chicago.

March 2019

Open House: Department of Religion & IRCPL
March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Q&A session for all students interested the Religion major or concentration. Come join us to learn more about our program and the benefits, both short and long term, that a serious study of Religion will confer.
Sanctuary Law: Can Religious Liberty Protect Immigrants?
March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In an era in which the idea of “religious liberty” has largely been co-opted by the Christian Right to signify protections for conservative beliefs about sex, marriage, and reproduction, what does “religious liberty” mean for undocumented people and immigration activists of faith?
Ganga as Imperial Icon: Warfare, Spoliation and the Practices of Indian History
March 25 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Sudipta Sen, Professor of History and Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, University of California, Davis, is a historian of late Mughal and early British India and the British Empire.
Religion, Environment and Economic Traditions: Refining an Epistemology of Moral Accountability
March 27 @ 5:00 pm - March 28 @ 5:30 pm
This workshop analyzes environmental, economic, and ethical theories in relation to religious traditions. While it focuses on Islamic studies, it intends to bring together scholars working on other religious traditions and philosophical movements. Keynote lecture: March 27th | Workshop: March 28th.

February 2019

Entangled Spirits: A Conversation Series on the Arts, Religion & Politics | With Mickalene Thomas and Darnell Moore
February 6 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Entangled Spirits brings together scholars, activists, artists and practitioners (in a variety of fields) for a series of public conversations; each of which will grapple with a tangled knot of questions and concerns that emerge from the intersection of the arts, religion, and politics. Organized b...
BODILY: The Immigrant Body in the Court of Judgment, with Amitava Kumar
February 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Amitava Kumar will read from, and discuss, his recent novel Immigrant, Montana. One of The New Yorker‘s Best Books of 2018 and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, the novel follows the protagonist Kailash on his American dream from a village in India to graduate school in New York, an...
Scholar and Feminist Conference: The Politics and Ethics of the Archive
February 8 @ 4:00 pm - February 9 @ 7:00 pm
Featuring  Maira E. Álvarez, La Vaughn Belle, Elizabeth Castelli, Sebastián Castro Nicolescu, Yvette Christiansë, Maria Cotera, Jarrett Drake, Akwaeke Emezi, Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla, Che Gossett, Jennifer Guglielmo, Saidiya Hartman, Michelle Joffroy, Mariame Kaba, Steve Lang, Justin Leroy,...
Tankers, Tycoons, and the Making of Modern Regimes of Law, Labour, and Finance
February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An evening talk with Lelah Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics SOAS University of London, on the evolution of modern regimes. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Public Life, The Racial Capitalism Working Group, Department of Middle East, South Asi...
Nonhuman Empire and Its Afterlives
February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This panel examines the various linkages between South Asia and the nonhuman. The nonhuman–whether animal, vegetal, telluric/elemental/mineral/topographical, extra-terrestrial, monstrous, or spectral—has called into question colonial and postcolonial imaginative circuits, political formations, a...
Religious Matters in Public Spaces – with Birgit Meyer
February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Religious Matters in Public Spaces – with Birgit Meyer This lecture is part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project. While the secularization thesis ceased to offer the dominant analytical frame in the study of religion in modern societies some decades ago,...

January 2019

The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History
January 28 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Please note the (new) updated venue: this event will take place at the Columbia University Maison Française. In this groundbreaking book, leading Arab and Jewish intellectuals examine how and why the Holocaust and the Nakba are interlinked without blurring fundamental differences between them. Whil...