Upcoming Events


Fall Welcome Back Party
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
5:30-7pm | Shirley Miller House, 59 George Street

Join the Department for the kick off of another year.  Plenty of good food and great conversation!



Judaism - Christianity - Islam: Untranslatables and Crossovers
A Collaborative Project
October 11-13, 2018
Cogut Institute for the Humanities | Pembroke Hall

Public Lecture (Open to the Public)
Thursday, October 11 | Pembroke Hall 305 | 172 Meeting Street 

  • 6:00-7:30pm        Untranslatables as a Method - Public Lecture (Open to the Public)
       Barbara Cassin, Labex Transfers, PSL Universite Paris L' Academie Francaise
        Introduction: Peter Szendy, Brown University

Workshop (By Invitation Only)
Friday, October 12 | Pembroke Hall 202 | 172 Meeting Street

  • 8:30-9:00am Morning Coffee
  • 9:00-10:50am The Names of God and Its Disseminations
    Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University
    God and His Names
    Respondent: Francine Kaufmann, Bar-Ilan Univeristy
    Nathaniel Berman, Brown University
  • 10:50-11:10am Mid-morning Coffee Break
  • 11:10am-1:00pm  God: Between the Conceptual and Imaginal 
    Joan Copjec, Brown University
    Hent de Vries, New York University
    The Concept of God
    Respondent: Paul Nahme, Brown University
  • 1:00-3:00pm Lunch Break
  • 3:00-4:50pm The Book and the Law
    Ishay Rosen Zvi, Tel Aviv University
    Written Torah/Oral Torah
    Ali Benmakhlouf, Universite de Paris Est - Creteil 
    Respondent: Mira Balberg, University of California, San Diego
  • 4:50-5:10pm Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 5:10-6:45pm Faith and Faithfulness
    Jennifer Eyl, Tufts University
    Respondent: Peter Szendy, Brown University

Saturday, October 13 | Pembroke Hall, Rm 202 | 172 Meeting Stree

  • 9:00-9:30am Morning Coffee
  • 9:30-11:30am Scriptures, Textuality, Translatability: Reflections of the Theoretical
    of "The Untranslatables Project"
    General discussion with opening remarks by Emily Apter, New York University; 
    Holly Case, Brown University; and Thomas Lewis, Brown University
  • 11:30-11:45am Mid-morning Coffee Break
  • 11:45am-1:15pm Untranslatability - a Pragmatics of Collaboration
    General discussion with opening remakrs by Barbara Cassin, Labex Transfers, PSL
      Universite Paris and L'Academie francaise, and Adi Ophir, Brown University
  • 1:15-2:45pm Lunch and concluding remarks

The workshop and public lecture are hosted by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, and co-sponsored through grants from the Humanities Initiative, the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureship Fund, the Departments of Comparative Literature and the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, and Labex Transfers and PSL Universite Paris. 

Reception at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature

Sunday, November  18, 2018
Vail Room | Sheraton Downtown | Denver, Colorado 



The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium 
Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions
June 16-19, 2019 | Brown University, Providence, RI

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium will convene at Brown University on June 16-19, 2019.  Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity's homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.  For more information, click here: