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Call for Papers: Fall 2019

Dear Colleagues, 

The Religion & the Human Sciences Workshop is delighted to invite graduate students and faculty to share their work with us during the coming academic year. Our workshop is interdisciplinary in nature and we welcome papers from across the social sciences and humanities on the subject of religion. If you have a paper that you would like to present to the workshop in the coming Fall quarter, please email hautot@uchicago.edu with a short description of the paper. Seminar papers, conference papers, dissertation chapters, proposals, or works in progress are all welcome. 

Our workshop meets on alternating Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm. Our tentative dates are October 7, October 21, and November 18, as well as a number of co-sponsored events throughout the quarter. If you are interested in presenting on a particular one of these dates, please let us know as well. 

Additionally, we are looking for graduate students to serve as respondents for the upcoming workshops. This is a great opportunity for practicing skills in assessing academic writing and facilitating group discussion. We are happy to provide some helpful tips and guidelines for respondents if needed. 

Regards, 

Claire Hautot 

hautot@uchicago.edu 

May 13: H.S. Sum Cheuk Shing

Please join us on May 13 at 4:30 pm in the Martin Marty Center Library for a discussion of H.S. Sum Cheuk Shing’s paper entitled, “Religion as Medicine in Medieval China: Buddhist and Daoist Recipes for Expelling Poison, Raising the Dead, and Mending the Mind.” The paper can be found here.

Spring 2019 Schedule

The Religion and the Human Sciences workshop is happy to announce the schedule for Spring 2019.

April 1
Andrew Kunze, Ph.D. Student in Anthropology and Sociology of Religion will present his dissertation chapter “Paper Bhakti
Martin Marty Center Library, 4:30pm-6:00pm 

April 15 
Alireza Doostdar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology of Religion and Islamic Studies  will present his chapter draft “God, Revolution, and the Unthinkable”
Martin Marty Center Library, 4:30pm-6:00pm

April 29 
Yang Shen, visiting Ph.D. Student in Anthropology from Boston University, will present her chapter draft “The Wish-Vows that Make Us: Agency, Ritual Attunement, and Living with Others in Buddhist Temples in Contemporary China”
Martin Marty Center Library, 4:30pm-6:00pm

May 13
H.S. Sum Cheuk Shing, Ph.D. Student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations will present his paper “Religion as Medicine in Medieval China: Buddhist and Daoist Recipes for Expelling Poison, Raising the Dead, and Mending the Mind”
Martin Marty Center Library, 4:30pm-6:00pm

We hope you can join us!

Sarah Levenstam & Kellan Klaus
Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop Coordinators

April 29: Yang Shen

Please join us on April 29 at 4:30 pm in the Martin Marty Center Library for a discussion of Yang Shen’s modified dissertation chapter draft entitled, “The Wish-Vows that Make Us: Agency, Ritual Attunement, and Living with Others in Buddhist Temples in Contemporary China.” Yang Shen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University. The paper can be found here.

April 15: Alireza Doostdar

Please join us on April 15 at 4:30 pm in the Martin Marty Center Library for a discussion of Professor Alireza Doostdar’s chapter draft entitled, “God, Revolution, and the Unthinkable.” The paper can be found here.

April 1 : Andrew Kunze

 

Please join us on April 1 at 4:30 pm in the Martin Marty Center seminar room for a discussion of Andrew’s dissertation chapter. The paper can be found here.

 

Call for Papers: Spring 2019

Dear R&HS Workshoppers,

 

We would like to invite you to participate in the Religion & Human Sciences workshop for this upcoming academic quarter. We plan to hold the workshop on five Monday afternoons from 4:30-5:45 on 04/01, 04/15, 4/29, and 05/13. If you have a paper, dissertation chapter, or piece of work that you would like to present and get feedback on, please reach out to us!

 

Yours truly,

 

Claire Hautot  – hautot@uchiago.edu

Kellan Klaus – kellan@uchicago.edu

Sarah Levenstam – sblevenstam@uchicago.edu

 

Spring 2018 Schedule

The Religion and the Human Sciences workshop is happy to announce the schedule for Spring 2018. Our theme this quarter is “Aesthetics of Religion.” This quarter features a few collaborative workshops, so be sure to check the time and place!

April 12
Diane Picio, Ph.D. Student in Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture will present her paper “Representing the Family.”
Swift 201, 12:00pm -1:15pm 
cosponsored by the Religions in America workshop

April 17
Kris Palmieri, Ph.D. Student in History of Science will present her paper “Biblical Criticism and the Transformation of Philology in 18th Century Göttingen.”
Marty Center Library, 12:00pm – 1:15pm 

May 1
Dhruv Nagar, Ph.D. Student in Philosophy of Religions, will present his paper “The Ṛgveda as cosmos-making tool: Vedic semantics of action & the question of the processual prehistory of the Indian philosophical tradition.”
Marty Center Library, 12:00pm – 1:15pm 
cosponsored by the Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture workshop

May 7
Clifford Ando, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics, will present his paper “The Discovery of Paganism.”
Swift 200, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
cosponsored by the Early Christian Studies workshop

 

We hope you can join us!

Rachel Carbonara & Marielle Harrison
Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop Co-Coordinators

Winter 2018 Schedule

The Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop is happy to announce the schedule for Winter 2018. Our theme this quarter is “Artifacts of Religion.” Meetings will take place on Mondays from 12:00-1:15pm in the Marty Center Library.  All events will include lunch!

January 8
Alex Jania, Ph.D. Student in History, will present his paper “For us, the earth still shakes: Thoughts on disaster memorialization in Japan and methodologies of emotional history”.
cosponsored by the East Asia Transregional Histories Workshop 

January 22
Alexandra Cotofana
, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington, will present her paper “The importance of a meaningless 1989: Political continuities and religious communists.”

February 5
Justin Smolin, Ph.D. Student in History of Religions, will present his paper “Tāntrika on Trial: The Uncanny Genre of ‘Tantric Horror.’”

March 5
Paride Stortini
, Ph.D. Student in History of Religions, will present his paper “Imagining a cosmopolitan ‘Furusato’: India and Buddhism in the Silk Road Imaginaire of Hirayama Ikuo”.
cosponsored by the East Asia Art and Politics Workshop

 

We hope you can join us!

Marielle Harrison & Rachel Carbonara
Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop Co-Coordinators

Autumn 2017 Schedule

The Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop is happy to announce the schedule for Autumn 2017. Our theme this quarter is “Texts of Religion.” Meetings will take place on Mondays from 12:00-1:15pm in the Marty Center Library unless otherwise noted. All workshops will include lunch!

October 2 (Marty Center Seminar Room)
Adam Miller
, Ph.D. Student in History of Religions, will present his paper “Preaching and the Production of Joy: Ritualization, Affect, and Social Formation in Middle Period Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism.”

October 16                                 
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo, will present her paper “The Potency of Indigenous ‘Bibles’ and Biographies: Mapuche Shamanic Literacy and Historical Consciousness.”
co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the History of Religions Club       

October 30
Andrew Kunze, Ph.D. Student in Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, will present on “Mass Media Hinduism.”
co-sponsored by the Committee on Southern Asian Studies

November 27
Christian Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of the History of Religions, will present his work on rhetorical techniques in the Mahāyāna Sūtras “Rhetorics of Solidarity in Mahāyāna Sūtra Literature: Or, ‘You’re So Vain, I Bet You Think This Sūtra is About You'”
co-sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Club and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies

We hope you can join us!

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