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November 2017
News and Events

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01) November 9-10 | Senses and Religion: Ontologies and Secularism Workshop
02) November 16 | Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide | Ruth Braunstein
03) November 27 | On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam | Travis Zadeh
04) Spring 2018 | Courses from BCSR Affiliated Faculty


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

 
01) November 9-10 | Senses and Religion: Ontologies and Secularism Workshop

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Senses and Religion: Ontologies and Secularism Workshop

Thursday, November 9, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday, November 10, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley


This workshop aims at staging an interdisciplinary dialogue on the relation between the senses and forms of acting, knowing, and becoming that are framed within religious traditions and ethical frameworks. The workshop will consider questions of sensory perception and the cultivation of senses with the goal of exploring how the study of these forms might expand understanding of religious practice, discipline, knowledge, and experience. Of particular interest is how the above questions can be animated by the current work on secularism and ontologies in anthropology and other disciplines.

The workshop will consist of panel presentations from the following scholars: Daniel Barber (Pace University), Robert Desjarlais (Sarah Lawrence), Mayanthi Fernando (UC Santa Cruz), Eduardo Kohn (McGill), Alan Klima (UC Davis), Niklaus Largier (UC Berkeley), Stefania Pandolfo (UC Berkeley), Peter Skafish (Berkeley Institute of Independent Thought), and Kabir Tambar (Stanford).

To attend the workshop and receive the pre-circulated papers, please email Philip Balboni (pbalboni@berkeley.edu) or Brent Eng (brent_eng@berkeley.edu).

Convened by Professor Charles Hirschkind of the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and sponsored by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Luce Foundation.


02) November 16 | Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide | Ruth Braunstein

Co-sponsored Event

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut
Thursday, November 16, 4-5:30 pm
Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Both groups also shared the contention that religion (and God) are necessary to the functioning of American society. Yet in the course of their efforts, participants in the two groups engaged in different kinds of religious and civil religious practices, emphasized different religious values, and valued different ways of engaging with religious others. In short, they had very different styles of putting their faith into action, which reflected different understandings of American democracy and citizenship... (more)
03) 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 and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Modern Middle East 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)
04) Spring 2018  | Courses from BCSR Affiliated Faculty 

Courses from BCSR Affiliated Faculty

Spring 2018 

BCSR affiliated faculty members are teaching a bevy of religion-related courses next semester. Highlights include three courses charting the rise and development of western Christianity and its expansion to the Western Hemisphere, as well as courses examining, respectively, Hindu/Muslim relations in India and cults and devotions to the Virgin Mary from around the globe. Full course descriptions are available here.
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