Coming to Terms with the Sacred in Popular Culture

September 15
Colloquium
"Coming to Terms with the Sacred in Popular Culture"
Pembroke Hall 305
9:00am - 6:00pm

Can the very suggestion of the existence of sacred spaces within popular culture constitute an insoluble challenge? Or does the idea offer novel possibilities for the exploration of an inevitable coexistence whose critical examination promises to advance our understanding of life, religion and culture in India and Pakistan?  This colloquium seeks to explore the themes of the sacred and popular culture through the medium of film.

Speakers include Faisal Devji, St. Antony's College/Oxford University, and Rachel Dwyer, University of London, and Brown graduate students ; Brian Horton, Anthropology; Abhilash Medhi, History; Andrea Wright, Anthropology; and Suvaid Yaseen, History.

Videos of the proceedings are available here.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

9:00 – 9:30am Morning Coffee

9:30 – 9:45am Welcome and Introductions

9:45 – 10:45am
"Iqbal's Political Theology"
Faisal Devji, St. Antony's College/Oxford University
Moderator: Shahzad Bashir, Religious Studies/Middle East Studies

11:00am – 12:00pm
"Bhagwan se baat kare ka communication system ye gola ka ... total lul ho chuka hai (This planet's communication system for talking to God is totally useless): Coming to Terms with the Sacred in Indian Cinema"
Rachel Dwyer, University of London
Moderator: Ákos Östör, Wesleyan University, emeritus

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30pm Graduate Student Panel
"Sacred Bodies: Intimate Labor and Race in Bangalore, India"
Andrea Wright, Anthropology

"Death of a Gharana? Queer Inclusion between Social Reproduction
and Decay"
Brian Horton, Anthropology

"The Graveyards of Paradise: Memorialization in Kashmir’s Present"
Suvaid Yaseen, History

"Locating the Numinous Within the Insurgent on the Indo-Afghan Frontier"
Abhilash Medhi, History

Moderators: Lina Fruzzetti, Anthropology
and Anani Dzidzienyo, Africana Studies

3:30 – 4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30pm Final Roundtable/Panel
Moderators: Lina Fruzzetti, Anthropology
and Anani Dzidzienyo, Africana Studies

5:30 – 6:30pm Reception
Pembroke Hall 202