Religion, Theory, and Interpretation

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January 27 – Claire Hautot

Please join us at 4:30 pm on Monday, January 27 to discuss a paper by Claire Hautot, “History, Context, Identity: Understanding the Contextualization Movement at the University of Mississippi”.

Kim Kolor, a PhD student in Anthropology, will respond.

Winter 2020 Schedule

Dear Colleagues,

 

I am pleased to share the Winter schedule for the Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop with you. Our workshop is held on Monday evenings in the Martin Marty Center Library from 4:30-5:45 pm. Papers are typically circulated one week in advance and are available at our website,here. Please let me know if you need the password.

 

We are also looking for graduate students to serve as respondents for some of our 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.

 

Finally, we are now accepting papers for the Spring quarter and still have spaces available if you are interested in sharing your work with us. Seminar papers, conference papers, dissertation chapters, proposals, or works in progress are all welcome.

 

RHS Workshop Schedule, Winter 2020:

 

January 6

Graduate Student Paper: Adam Miller

 

January 27

Graduate Student Paper: Claire Hautot

 

February 10

Graduate Student Paper: Kellan Klaus

 

March 2

Visiting Professor: Dr. Levi McLaughlin

This workshop is coordinated in conjunction with the Center for East Asian Studies and the East Asian Politics, Economy, and Society Workshop.

 

March 16

Graduate Student Paper: Sarah Levenstam

 

All the best,

Claire Hautot

January 6: Adam Miller

Please join us in the Martin Marty Library at 4:30 pm on Monday, January 6 for our first RHS workshop of the quarter. We will be discussing a paper by Adam Miller and Seema Chauhan is our respondent.

 

November 18: Rachel Carbonara

Please join us on November 18 to discuss a paper by Rachel Carbonara, based on her fieldwork in Peru. Nick Lorenz will respond. Rachel and Nick are both PhD students in Anthropology and Sociology of Religion here at the Divinity  School.

November 11: R&HS Social | Postponed Workshop

 

Our November 11 workshop has been postponed. We will update you as soon as we have a new date scheduled.

In the meantime, please do join us for our R&HS Social on the evening of November 11:

 

R&HS Social!

Come and celebrate the end of midterms with the Religion and Human Sciences Club next Monday at the Ida Noyes Pub!

We’re teaming up with the RLVC club to host a get together for anyone interested in the committees that make up the Religion and Human Sciences area in the Divinity School: History of Religions, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion and Religion, Literature and Visual culture.

Snacks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are on us!

Where? Ida Noyes Pub

When? Monday 11th November, 6pm-7.30pm 

Please remember that an entry fee is required to enter the Ida Noyes Pub. Door entry fees are $3 for a guest pass, valid for one day’s entry or $10 for an annual membership, which is valid until August 2020. If your access to our event will be restricted as a result of this fee, or for any other reason, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Contact: skchauhan@uchicago.edu

See you there!

Meeting Schedule : Autumn 2019

Dear Friends of RHS, 

The Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop is excited to announce our schedule for the remainder of the Autumn quarter. 

October 29, Swift Hall Common Room, 12:30-2:00

Please join us for a lunchtime conversation with Dr Matthew Engelke, where we will be discussing selected chapters from his book, A Problem of Presence. To be included in the lunch headcount and to receive the chapters in advance, please RSVP to hautot@uchicago.edu.  

November 11, Martin Marty Library, 4:30-5:45 

Graduate Student Paper Workshop: Adam Miller, to be followed by a pub night at the University Pub in Ida Noyes Hall. Thank you to the RHS Club, for sponsoring this event. 

November 18, Martin Marty Library, 4:30-5:45 

Graduate Student Paper Workshop: Rachel Carbonara

Student papers will be made available for reading one week in advance of the workshop at https://voices.uchicago.edu/religionandthehumansciences/papers/ 

All the best, 

Claire Hautot 

Book Workshop: Dr. Khaled Furani

The Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop and the Islamic Studies Workshop are pleased to invite you to an upcoming workshop with Dr. Khaled Furani:
“Redeeming Anthropology: A Theological Critique of a Modern Science
Khaled Furani
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
Friday, September 27
 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
 Martin Marty Center Library
Swift Hall
(1025 E. 58th St)

 

Please email Alireza Doostdar (doostdar@uchicago.edu) to RSVP and to receive the chapters we will be discussing. 
 
 
Redeeming Anthropology lifts a veil on anthropology as a modern academic discipline, constituted by its secular sovereign reason and membership in the Enlightenment-bequeathed university. Mining anthropology’s biographical corpus, Khaled Furani reveals ways theology has always existed in its recesses, despite perpetual efforts at immuring encroachment by this banished other. Anthropologists have alternatively spurned, disregarded, and followed forms of religiosity, transmuting their theistic engagement in their professional work. Centrally, if unwittingly, theology remains in anthropology’s consummate rite of ethnographic immersion, defying precepts on the autonomy of reason and knowledge production by immersing the seeker in the sought-after. Nevertheless, anthropology ultimately commits idolatry by largely adoring the concept of Culture, and its constructs, and upholding itself as pre-eminently an ethical triumph. Furthermore, by limiting its horizons to finite categories of “human” and “natural,” anthropology entangles itself in “worship” of the State and conclusively of the sovereignty principle that powers modern reason. Recovery from idolatry might arrive should anthropological reason become attuned to its fragility, cease to fear theistic reason, and open pathways toward revitalization through revelation. 
 
Khaled Furani is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. His research interests lie in secularism, poetics, social theory, history of anthropology, Palestine, and the modern condition. He is the author of Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry (2012). 

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

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