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2013-2014 Calendar of Events


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Fall 2013 events


L. Gregory Bloomquist (St. Paul University, Ottawa): "Methodology for Rhetography and Visual Exegesis of the Gospel of John"

Monday, September 16, 2013
9:45 -11:45 am
Callaway Center S319

Co-sponsored by: Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Department of Religion; Graduate Division of Religion; Institute for Liberal Arts; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

Brigitte Kahl (Union Theological Seminary, New York): "Visualized Cosmologies of the Early Empire: Gemma Augustea, Grand Camee, and Prima Porta Statue"

Sunday, September 29, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm
White Hall 110

Co-sponsored by: Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Department of Religion; Graduate Division of Religion; Institute for Liberal Arts; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; Ancient Mediterranean Studies..


Roy R. Jeal (Booth University College, Winnipeg): "Visual Interpretation: Blending Rhetorical Arts in Colossians 2:11 - 3:4"

Monday, September 30, 2013
9:45-11:45 am
Callaway Center S319

Co-sponsored by: Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program, Department of Religion; Graduate Division of Religion; Institute for Liberal Arts; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

Monday, September 30, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm
Room 102, Candler School of Theology, Rita Anne Rollins Building

Part of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program "Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics." Co-sponsored by: Department of Religion; Graduate Division of Religion; Institute for Liberal Arts; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

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Spring 2014 events

DEADLINE: Theta Alpha Kappa's Clark Award

Deadline: Jan 10, 2014

The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the 2014 Albert Clark Award, given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the board. Each competition winner will receive a $500 award, and his or her essay will be published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Deadline Jan 10th when submitted directly to TAK and Jan 8th if you'd like to submit to Emory's Department of Religion office to forward for you. For complete information, contact the Department.


Sawyer Seminar: "Image as Map and Territory: Tibetan Buddhist Mandalas, Deities, and Tantric Visualization Practices"

Monday, January 27, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 8 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' Image as Map and Territory: Tibetan Buddhist Mandalas, Deities, and Tantric Visualization Practices'
Speaker: Christian Luczanits (Rubin Museum of Art, New York City) 'Turning the Wheel, On the Exegetical Aspect of Buddhist Imagery'
Speaker: David Gray (Santa Clara University)
'Divine Identities: Visualization and Iconography in Tantric Buddhist Sādhana Practice'
Respondent: Sara McClintock (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.

 

Tenenbaum Lecture: William G. Dever: "Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology & Folk Religion in Ancient Israel "

Monday, February 3, 2014
7:30 pm
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University


The Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series in Judaic Studies presents William G. Dever, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lycoming College, and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, Arizona State University. This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Free parking in the Fishburne Parking Deck. Sponsored by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies; The Hightower Fund; The Laney Graduate School; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; the Graduate Division of Religion; and the Departments of History, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, and Religion.

Shaun Casey: "Exploring Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy: Launching the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives"

Friday, February 7, 2014
2:00 pm
White Hall 206


Dr. Shaun Casey is Director of the State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives and Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Casey will present his views on the launching of this historic initiative in the State Department.

Casey's research interests include the ethics of war and peace, the role of religion in presidential politics, public theology, the role of the Church in fighting global poverty, and the problem of theodicy as it relates to the Red Sox. In 2009 he published The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon, 1960 (New York: Oxford University Press). The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by: The Graduate Division of Religion, Candler School of Theology, and The Laney Graduate School. For more information: mshocke_at_emory.edu; 404-727-6280.

Sawyer Seminar: "Muhammed Among the Prophets"

Monday, February 10, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 9 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'Muhammad among the Prophets'
Speaker: Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University) 'The Work of Art as Tafsīr and Testimonial in early modern Iran'
Speaker: Nancy Khalek (Brown University)
'The Martyrs of Mu'ta and Sacred Landscape in Medieval Bilad al-Sham'
Respondent: Gordon Newby (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.

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Sawyer Seminar: "The Prophet Muhammed's Heavenly Journey"

Monday, February 24, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 10 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'The Prophet Muhammad's Heavenly Journey'
Speaker: Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)
'Images of the Prophet Muhammad In and Out of Modernity: The Curious Case of a 2008 Mural in Tehran'
Speaker: Ken George (Wisconsin/Australia National University) 'Companionable Objects, Companionable Conscience: A Visual Ethics for Dwelling with "The Night Journey"'
Respondents: Scott Kugle and Roxani Margariti (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.




Sawyer Seminar: "Visual Exegesis and the Text-Image Apparatus of the Caricature"

Monday, March 17, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 11 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'Visual Exegesis and the Text-Image Apparatus of the Caricature'
Speaker: Christianna Smylithopoulos (University of Guelph)
Speaker: Pika Ghosh (Chapel Hill)
Respondent: Paul Courtright (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.

John Blake: "The Belief Beat: Reporting on Religion in Atlanta & Beyond"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (rescheduled from February)
2:30-3:30 pm
Tarbutton Hall, Room 106


John Blake, CNN Belief Blogger, has written about religion in Atlanta and across the country for more than two decades. Join the students of JRNL/REL 375W "Reporting on Religion" as John discusses the challenges of covering religion in an era of diversity and change. For more information, contact Sheila Tefft (stefft_at_emory.edu) or phone the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.

 

DEADLINE: The William A. Beardslee Prize
in Religious Literature

Deadline: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For the best paper about religion written by an undergraduate student in an Emory College course anytime between Spring 2013 and Spring 2014. Please submit your entries to staff in the Religion Department office, Callaway Center S214. Please put your contact information on your paper (phone, email), along with the instructor/course (and semester) for which it was written. For more information, call 404-727-7596 or 404-727-7566.


Tibet Week 2014

March 24-29, 2014

Various events/venues around campus.

Each year, Tibet Week celebrates the rich culture of traditional and contemporary Tibet. The Department of Religion is one of the co-sponsors. For more information, visit the Emory-Tibet Partnership website: http://www.tibet.emory.edu/news/index.html


Reception and Guest Lecture for Religion Students
, honoring the new inductees into the National Honor Society, Theta Alpha Kappa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:00 pm Ceremony for New TAK Inductees (all students welcome)
6:00 pm Guest Lecture by Samuel Freedman

Callaway Center C101

All Religion students are invited to this 5:00 ceremony where we will induct new students into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religion. This will be followed by refreshments and a talk beginning at 6:00 by Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, columnist for the New York Times and Professor at Columbia University. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.


Sawyer Seminar: "The Visible and the Legible: Visual Exegesis and Allegorical Traditions"

Monday, March 31, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 12 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'The Visible and the Legible: Visual Exegesis and Allegorical Traditions'
Speaker: William E. Engel (University of the South)
'Slips of Thought from Alciato's Emblematum liber to Holbein's Imagines Mortis, Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti and Allegory of the Old and New Testaments'
Speaker: Gail Feigenbaum (Getty)
'Painting Incarnate: The Carracci Butcher Shop'
Respondent: Dalia Judovitz (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.

 

Two guest lectures by William S. Sax, Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University


"Anthropology meets Psychiatry: the cultural epidemiology of ritual healing"
Wednesay, April 2, 2014

4:00 pm
White Hall 102

Anthropologists have provided a great deal of evidence that ritual healing can be effective in the treatment of mental disorders. Epidemiological studies of the topic are much more rare, but they, too, often suggest that ritual healing can be effective. Anthropological evidence for the effectiveness of ritual healing tends to be anecdotal and contextual, to emphasize immeasurable factors like "practice" and "embodiment," and to focus on supra-individual units like family or village. Epidemiology, by contrast, thinks of itself as purely quantitative, and epidemiological evidence is based almost entirely on individual sufferers' linguistic reports. Can these two approaches to the study of ritual healing be combined, and if so, how? More importantly, why should one wish to combine them?

"Karna's Realm: a very little kingdom in the Himalayas"
Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:00 pm
White Hall 102

In his forthcoming book The Valley of the Kauravas: Divine Kingdoms of the Western Himalaya, William Sax argues that the "Divine Kingdom," in which local deities ruled small territories, was the characteristic form of the pre-colonial polity. He argues further that the central political institution of such polities was the oracular consultation, in which the God-King spoke through his possessed medium. Sax illustrates these claims by means of a detailed ethnography of one particular valley where such institutions can still be found. This lecture is based on the envisaged fourth chapter of the book, in which the "kingdom" (mulk) is defined and analyzed. How are we to understand it? What role do territoriality, space and place, and borders play in its constitution? Why does it form such an important value for local people?

William Sax is the author of Dancing the Self: Personhood and Performance in the Pandav Lila of Garhwal, God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas, and The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. These lectures are sponsored by the Departments of Religion, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Anthropology; The Hightower Lecture Fund; and the Halle Institute. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.

 

2014 American Lecture in the History of Religions: Catherine L. Albanese: "Hiding in Plain View: The New 19th Century Religious Women"

Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00 pm
290 Rita Psychology & Interdisciplinary Sciences (PAIS) Building


Catherine L. Albanese is J.F. Rowny Professor Emerita and Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This lecture recalls social historian Arthur Mann's search for new antebellum women among factory girls, home-centered women reading Godey's Lady's Book, and feminists working for suffrage and equality. Adapting Mann's research, the lecture looks for new nineteenth-century religious women before and after the Civil War. Three collective candidates appear, each in some way radical. First come the radically revolutionary feminists who brough religious alientation to their work, as in The Woman's Bible. Second are the radically obedient church women who found power within their denominations (to use Ruether's and Eleanor McLaughlin's term). Third and perhaps newest are the radically sympathetic women who were spiritualist mediums. The lecture series is sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, and Spelman College. For more information, please contact the Department of Religion or AAR. For a pdf flyer, click here.

Sawyer Seminar: "Late Modern Exfoliation of Visual Exegesis"

Monday, April 14, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 13 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'Late Modern Exfoliation of Visual Exegesis'
Speaker: Johanna Drucker (University of California Los Angeles)
'Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production and the Humanities'
Speaker: Anne Anlin Cheng (Princeton)
'Sartorial Ecology'
Respondent: Abdul JanMohamed (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.

Religion Honors Student Celebration

Friday, April 18, 2014
1:30-3:30 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Students completing honors theses in Religion this year will speak briefly on their research projects followed by a reception celebrating their work. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.


Sawyer Seminar: "Late Modern Exfoliation of Visual Exegesis" [Part II]

Monday, April 28, 2014
4:00-6:00 pm
102 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Candler School of Theology


Session 14 of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Program 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics.' 'Late Modern Exfoliation of Visual Exegesis' [Part II]
Speaker: W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago)
'Foundational Sites / Occupied Spaces'
Speaker: Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University, Steinhardt)
'Beyond Visuality, the Jubilee'
Respondent: Dalia Judovitz (Emory University)
Participating departments and schools are: Art History, English, French, MESAS (Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies), Religion, REALC (Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures) of Emory College, and the Candler School of Theology. For further information: 404-727-6701.


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You may also be interested in the The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies calendar of events, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department events, Emory-Tibet Partnership events, and Aquinas Center events.


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