Fall 2018 Events


November 2018

Atmospheric Citizenship: Sonic Movement and Public Religion in Shi’ite Mumbai
November 13 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion Project Patrick Eisenlohr – Atmoshperic Citizenship: Sonic Movement and Public Religion in Shi’ite Mumbai This talk will focus on the sonic dimensions of religious life and place-making in Mumbai, and its connections to a “right to the ...
Flattening Faith: Searching for 3-Dimensional Religion in 2-Dimensional Fiction
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Imaginary worlds extend and expand our visions of what is possible. In these worlds, we can fly with dragons or shoot lightning from our fingertips. Yet, this expansiveness does not always apply to the religious lives of the characters populating our narratives. Religion can be made flat, so that th...

October 2018

IRCPL Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia
October 2 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Greetings from the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. You are cordially invited to the launch event for the “Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia” project which will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:10PM – 6:00PM in 208 Knox Hall. The core projec...
Songs for Krishna in Autumn: Devotional Music from North India
October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The evening will begin with an introductory discussion exploring the rapid changes in Vrindavan today through conversation and visual media. Particular interest will be given to both the physical composition of the town and changes in its performance traditions. What do these changes mean for the li...
When the Gods Emerge from the Temples: Iconic Exhibition Value and Democratic Publicness in India
October 9 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Part of IRCPL’s Rethinking Public Religion Project Kajri Jain – When Gods Emerge from the Temples: Iconic Exhibition Value and Democratic Publicness in India We are well acquainted with how the affective forces of modern politics depart from the normative ideals of bourgeois publicness. ...

September 2018

Book Talk – Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition
September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
What does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? In Open to Reason, Souleymane Bachir Diagne traces Muslims’ intellectual and spiritual history of examining and questioning beliefs and arguments to show how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and i...
Paper, Ink, and Vodun: Tracing Power in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade
September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In 1730, the Inquisition of Lisbon arrested José Francisco, an enslaved man raised in West Africa, who had learned in Brazil the art and craft of making amulets known as bolsas de mandinga. In their composition, use, and afterlives in the Inquisition the bolsas reveal the deep and mutually transfor...