Sunday, February 23, 2014
2-6pm in RI Hall 108
The seventh-century rise of Islam opened a new era of religious "pluralism" in the Middle East. Yet, it would be more than a century before early Muslim scholars recorded the first Arabic accounts of the changes taking place. Syriac and Arabic-speaking Christians, however, were already producing and navigating their own responses to the new political and social order. Historically, linguistically and culturally rooted in the central lands of Islam, yet sorely understudied as sources for early Islamic history, late antique and medieval Middle Eastern Christians provide fresh perspectives for understanding the nature of religious and social change in a dynamic era of history.
- 2pm: Sidney H. Griffith, Catholic University of America
"Bible and Qur'an: Memory, Engagement and Difference"
Nancy Khalek, Brown University, Respondent
- 3:15pm Break
- 3:45pm: Michael Penn, Mt. Holyoke College
"Beyond Clashing Civilizations: Rethinking Early Christian-Muslim Relations"
Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University, Respondent
- 5:00pm: New Questions in the study of early Muslim-Christian Relations
A roundtable discussion with Jonanthan Conant, Brown University; Steven Judd, Southern-Connecticut State University; Sandra Toenies Keating, Providence College; Charles Stang, Harvard Divinity School; Anthony Watson, Brown University
About our Keynote Speakers:
Sidney H. Griffith is a pioneering scholar in the areas of Christian Arabic and Syriac studies. Among his numerous publications are The Bible in Arabic: the Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam (2013); The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam (2007); The Beginnings of Christian Theology in Arabic: Muslim-Christian encounters in the early Islamic period (2002); 'Faith Adoring the Mystery': Reading the Bible with St. Ephraem the Syrian (1997); and Arabic Christianity in the Monasteries of Ninth-Century Palestine (1992).
Michael Penn is a leading scholar of Christianity in late antiquity, especially of the Syriac and Greek traditions. He is the author of Kissing Christians: Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church (2005); and of two forthcoming volumes, Imaging Islam: Syriac Christianity and the Reimagining of Christian-Muslim Relations; When Christians First Met Muslims: A Sourcebook of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam, in addition to many articles.
Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University
February 28-March 1, 2014
With a keynote address delivered by John Lardas Modern, Franklin & Marshall College
Please click here for the full schedule.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Watson Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
Fred Donner is Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1975 and has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1982. Prof. Donner is the author of numerous publications including, Muhammad and the Believers: at the origins of Islam (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010); ”Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the First Century of Islam,” annual Sutherland Lecture, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, April 15, 2010; and “The Qur’an in Recent Scholarship—Challenges and Desiderata,” in Gabriel S. Reynolds (ed.), The Qur’an in its Historical Context (Abingdon: Routledge. 2008), 29-50. For more information on Prof. Donner, please click here.
This event is co-sponsered by Middle East Studies at the Watson Institute, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Humanities Initiative at Brown University.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Shirley Miller House
Religious Studies Seminar Room
(59 Goerge Street)
"Islands of the Medieval World: Stories of Isolation and Connectivity," the 31st Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Smith Buonanno Hall 106
Keynote Address: "Island Hopping: Trade, Ethnography and Connectivity in the Indian Ocean World of Late Antiquity," by Joel Walker, The Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington
Saturday, March 15
Co-sponsored by: Program in Medieval Studies, Departments of Classics, History, History of Art & Architecture, Religious Studies, Joukowsky Institute and the Graduate Student Council.
Full program available at: http://nemsc2014/wordpress.com
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Smith Buonanno 106
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies & the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Brown India Initiative and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Smith Buonanno 106
David Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School. He is a Mexican American historian of religions with particular interest in Mesoamerican cities as symbols, and the Mexican-American borderlands. He is the author of numerous publications including, Religions of Mesoamerica; City of Sacrifice; and Quetzacoatl and the Irony of Empire. For more information on Professor Carrasco or the K. Brooke Anderson Lecture please click here.
"Monks, Artisans and the Dead in Medieval Japan: The Iconography of Buddhist Stone Grave Monuments" a lecture by Prof. Hank Glassman, Haverford College.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Hank Glassman is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Haverfod College. His scholarly work centers on the culture of medieval Japan, especially its religious culture. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Face of Jizo: Image and Cult in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (University of Hawaii Press, 2012) and "Chinese Buddhist Death Ritual and the Transformation of Japanese Kinship." In The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations (ed. by Brian Cuevas & Jacqueline Stone; Kuroda Institute/University of Hawaii Press, 2007).
Sponsored by the Brown University Departments of Religious Studies, East Asian Studies, History of Art & Architecture, and History.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Wilson Hall, Rm 302
Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion with a particular focus on the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. Her archival expertise is in the post-Civil War era, but her research draws upon the histories and anthropology of religions in the U.S. from pre-contact to the present in order to elucidate the meanings of and relationships between religion, modernity, and the secular. This research focuses scholarly attention on the public affects, intimate desires and corporate entities that have influenced—and are in turn influenced by—religious activity. Through studies of preachers and parents, bathing soap and office cubicles, evangelicalism and liberal theology, Prof. Lofton has developed a portrait of religion in America that emphasizes the formation of religion through new technologies, renegade manifestos, and the cornucopia of cultural practices that contribute to social identity in the modern world. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) used the example of Oprah Winfrey's multimedia productions to analyze the nature of religion in contemporary America. She is currently working on several projects, including a study of sexuality and Protestant fundamentalism; an analysis of the culture concept of the Goldman Sachs Group; and a religious history of Bob Dylan. For her work at Yale she has won the 2010 Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, the 2013 Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College, and the 2013 Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities.