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January + February 2018
News and Events

Contents


01) January 23 | Jewish Songlines: Charting and Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora | Samuel R. Torjman Thomas
02) January 25 | Milton and the Syntax of Faith | Linda Gregerson

03) January 31 | Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture | Dominic Erdozain
04) February 2 | Deadline: New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants
05) February 13 | Film Screening and Discussion | Sacred Mountains: Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area | Nicola Scaldaferri
06) February 22 | "Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls | Ruth Marshall
07) February 26 | Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom | Gert Melville
08) March 15 | Deadline: Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion


All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit
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01) January 23 | Charting and Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora | Samuel R. Torjman Thomas 

Co-sponsored Event

Jewish Songlines: Charting and Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

Samuel R. Torjman Thomas, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Sephardic Studies, City University of New York and Montclair State University; Artistic Director, New York Andalus Ensemble
Tuesday, January 23, 5:30pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


In this multimedia, multidisciplinary presentation, Samuel R. Torjman Thomas explores the place of musical expression in the definition of Moroccan Jewish culture. Through discussion and live musical performance, Dr. Torjman Thomas analyzes the place of liturgical, para-liturgical, and folk repertoires in Moroccan musical life, highlighting the juxtaposition of several fundamental diasporic identities: Jewish, Sephardic, and Moroccan. The role of music has been central in galvanizing disparate micro-identities into a singular Moroccan Jewish identity, which defines homeland in modern cultural contexts... (more)


Sponsored by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, with additional support from the UC Berkeley Department of Music and the Center for Jewish Studies.


02) January 25 | Milton and the Syntax of Faith | Linda Gregerson

Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion

Milton and the Syntax of Faith
Linda Gregerson, Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Michigan; Chancellor, Academy of American Poets
Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley


NOTE: Gregerson will also be offering a poetry reading at 2pm in 300 Wheeler Hall on January 25th.

In Book 11 of the Confessions, Augustine attempts to contemplate the mystery of time and, in particular, the temporal embeddedness that makes human beings particularly unqualified to comprehend eternity. In this lecture, I will be tracing the same double imperative in the poetry of John Milton: apprehension in and of time while in the hope and before the judgment of eternity. In particular, I will be looking at the figurative and formal means by which Milton evokes the prior-and-yet-to-come that is at the heart of the world system to which he subscribes: to the mysterious overlay of time and timelessness that allows divine foreknowledge and free will among humans to co-exist in a non-contradictory relationship... (more)

Co-sponsored by the Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair in English and the James D. Hart Chair in English.
03) January 31 |  Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture | Dominic Erdozain

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture

Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer
Wednesday, January 31, 5-7pm

3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment — a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence. I argue that this belief system is apparent in the contemporary gun culture’s confidence in the ‘law-abiding citizen’ as a stable and fixed category, and then I seek to explore its origins. The claim is that gun rights, while modern in form and intensity, rest upon older narratives of national righteousness and popular sovereignty, among them, Puritan concepts of salvation and judgment... (more)

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and the History Department.

04) February 2 |  Deadline: New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Deadline: New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants

February 2
Submit to: info.bcsr@berkeley.edu

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is pleased to announce the New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Up to four awards in the amount of $5,000 are designated for incoming graduate students in their first year of study in 2018-2019.

The New Directions in Theology award supports promising incoming graduate students with high potential for interdisciplinary exchange in religious studies. Grantees participate as a cohort in biweekly meetings convened by BCSR faculty, receive intellectual guidance on research projects, and contribute to the building of a unified community of inquiry on the Berkeley campus in public theology... (more)


05) February 13 | Film Screening and Discussion | Sacred Mountains: Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area | Nicola Scaldaferri

Co-sponsored Event

Film Screening and Discussion | Sacred Mountains: Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area
Nicola Scaldaferri, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, University of Milan; Founder and Director, the Laboratory of Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology, University of Milan
Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-7pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


A documentary devoted to three pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three Abrahamic religions. The work explores the role of music practices as a way of prayer and participation, and the importance of sound in shaping and giving meaning to places. The narrative is shaped around three episodes, each devoted to a different event, following the usual moments of a pilgrimage.

The Ascent: on the occasion of Shavuot, the Israelite Samaritans go to pray on Mount Gerizim, in the West Bank, where their sacred places are located... (more)

Co-sponsored by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
06) February 22 | "Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls | Ruth Marshall

Berkeley Public Theology Program

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls
Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor, Study of Religion and Political Science, University of Toronto
Thursday, February 22, 5-7pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on the study of the political implications of Pentecostalism and postcolonial politics in West Africa.  Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, drawing on critical theory, political science, political philosophy, study of religion, anthropology, African and postcolonial studies. In 2013-14 she was a Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute.
07) February 26 | Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom | Gert Melville

Co-sponsored Event

Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom
Gert Melville, Senior Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders, Technische Universität Dresden
Monday, February 26, 5-7pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


In this talk, I will speak about a wide field of my current research which concerns the medieval phenomenon of (in German) “Institutionstranszendenz”.  I intend to present some specific cases, combined with fundamental reflections about medieval freedom of individuals beyond and against the ecclesiastical rules – a freedom which is (paradoxically) legitimized by a direct communication with God. Some basic references are Saint Paul’s words “ubi spiritus Domini, ibi libertas” and “iusto lex non est posita” which had an important reception in both the practical and theological, juridical or social structures of the Middle Ages. Finally, the lecture deals, on the one hand, with a very problematic dimension of the institutionality of the Church and, on the other, with a specific form of the medieval development of individuality... (more)

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Program in Medieval Studies, and the San Francisco Theological Seminary / Graduate Theological Union.
08) March 15 |  Deadline: Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion
 

Deadline: Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

March 15
Submit to: studentgrants.bcsr@berkeley.edu

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering summer research grants to advanced graduate students working on topics at the intersection of religion and ethics, broadly construed. The grant is supported by the Frank and Lesley Yeary Endowment for Ethics in Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000, and are meant for summer research travel and related expenses. Applications are welcome from all UC Berkeley Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, with preference given to those who are close to completion of their dissertations. To apply... (more)
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