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October 2017
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01) October 10 | Between Historiography and Literature: "Gershom Sholem's Intellectual Biography" | Amir Engel
02) October 12 | Abbess as Alter Christus: Delineating Female Sanctity in Spain and Spanish America | Cristina Cruz Gonz
ález
03) October 13-14 |  Ecumenical Protestantism and Post-Protestantism in Modern America | All Day Workshop
04) October 18 | The Spiritual and the Real | John Kaag
05) October 19 | Foucault's Enlightenment: Islamic Revolution and the Perils of Universal History | Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi
06) November 27 |  On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam | Travis Zadeh


All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit
bcsr.berkeley.edu.

 
01) October 10 | Between Historiography and Literature: "Gershom Sholem's Intellectual Biography" | Amir Engel

Co-sponsored Event

Between Historiography and Literature: "Gershom Sholem's Intellectual Biography"

Amir Engel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Tuesday, October 10, 4-5pm
3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


The famous Kabbalah scholar Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) occupies a central role in our intellectual imagination. He was "the creator of an academic discipline," according to Martin Buber, and is discussed by historians, literary scholars, and philosophers. Yet despite his charismatic personality and the many books and articles he wrote, there is something about him that remains mysterious and somewhat enigmatic. Who was Gershom Scholem and what is it that he contributed, most decisively, to our understanding of culture, history, and politics? In this talk I will address the "Gershom Scholem enigma" and describe the path I took in my book, Gershom Scholem: an Intellectual Biography, to unravel some of its most intriguing aspects, including his historiography of the Kabbalah and the stories that he told about his life, known simply as "from Berlin to Jerusalem." (more)
02) October 12 | Abbess as Alter Christus: Delineating Female Sanctity in Spain and Spanish America | Cristina Cruz González

Co-sponsored Event

Abbess as Alter Christus: Delineating Female Sanctity in Spain and Spanish America

Cristina Cruz González, Associate Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University
Thursday, October 12, 5-7pm
Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union
2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA


Art history has approached female monastic culture in New Spain through the lens of crowned-nun portraiture, a late colonial genre that reaffirmed a nun’s position as a mystical Bride of Christ. This has led to scholarly neglect of female imitatio Christi and the ecclesiastical pretense exhibited by several early modern holy women in Spain and Spanish America. Using examples from Spain, Mexico, and Guatemala, this talk explores the various pictorial strategies for capturing and performing an alter Christus status in a transatlantic Spanish world. While I discuss the images from the standpoint of their theological origin and socio-political relevance (they surface during periods of female monastic reform), I also consider their optical demands and how they enlighten our understanding of a mimesis-imitatio correlation...(more)
03) October 13-14 |  Ecumenical Protestantism and Post-Protestantism in Modern America | All Day Workshop

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Ecumenical Protestantism and Post-Protestantism in Modern America
Friday and Saturday, October 13-14
All Day Workshop

This multi-day workshop brings together 25 scholars from across the country to discuss newly recognized opportunities in the study of modern American Protestantism. The focus is on how the so-called “mainline” Protestants became increasingly ecumenical, separating themselves from evangelical Protestants while influencing the lives and careers of many men and women who left the churches.

The workshop is open to a limited number of registered guests. For more information, please contact info.bcsr@berkeley.edu


04) October 18 |  The Spiritual and the Real | John Kaag

Co-sponsored Event

American Philosophy: The Spiritual and the Real

John Kaag, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Wednesday, October 18, 5:30pm

Center for the Arts and Religion, Doug Adams Gallery
2465 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA

Philosophy professor John Kaag will discuss his recent American Philosophy: A Love Story, a book that traces his deeply personal engagement with the American philosophical tradition. Covering philosophers Ralph Waldo Emerson to William James, American Philosophy raises compelling questions about immanence and transcendence, and how one lives a life worth living in a so-called secular age. Kaag's talk will be accompanied by a temporary exhibition of William James materials, drawn from the archives of the GTU's Center for Swedenborgian Studies... (more)
05) October 19 | Foucault's Enlightenment: Islamic Revolution and the Perils of Universal History | Beyrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Co-sponsored Event

Foucault's Enlightenment: Islamic Revolution and the Perils of Universal History

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Professor of History and Sociology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, October 19, 5-7pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi examines Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution as an attempt to write the history of the present without binding commitments to a teleological historiography. Is it possible for a people to envision and desire futures uncharted by already existing schemata of history? Is it possible to think of dignity, justice, and liberty outside the cognitive maps and principles of the Enlightenment? Ghamari-Tabrizi argues that Foucault’s encounter with the Iranian revolution left a significant mark on his later works on the care of the self and the hermeneutics of the subject... (more)
06) November 27 |  On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam | Travis Zadeh

Berkeley Public Theology Program

On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam

Travis Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
Monday, November 27, 5-7 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley


Islam plays a powerful role in American public discourse. Across this often contentious landscape, numerous voices can be heard defining and contesting the nature of Islam. These definitional problems also shape academic debates, where the seemingly basic question of what is Islam has received renewed attention. This lecture addresses the place and history of Islam in the modern academic study of religion in light of discursive structures that are designed to contain and delimit the meaning of Islam... (more)
 
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