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April 2017

Sonic Somatics & Aural Apotheois: Jacob Böhme’s Deconstructive Oralization of Genesis

Thursday, April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Joshua Gentzke, PhD student in Religious Studies. For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. RSVP from your stanford.edu email address to Sarah Brabeck. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), a German cobbler turned visionary author and spiritual dissident, is an important figure who connects the histories of early modern mysticism to Continental philosophy and later countercultural movements; yet he remains understudied and frequently misunderstood. Challenging prevalent views that Böhme’s writings are either exercises in irrationality, “primitive” religious speculation, or…

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Event of Interest: Toleration, Pluralism and Coexistence: The Ambivalent Legacies of the Reformation

Thursday, April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture by Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge, UK). 2016-2017 Roger W. Heyns Lecture. Free and open to the public. One of the enduring myths of the origins of modern liberalism is the tradition of linking the Reformation with the rise of toleration. The notion that Protestantism helped to sow the seeds for advanced ideas of freedom of conscience and laid the foundations for practical arrangements that facilitated the acceptance of religious diversity is part of another resilient paradigm: the story…

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Astrology and Reformation

Wednesday, April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

CMEMS workshop with Robin Barnes (Davidson College, emeritus). Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Program in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and the Department of Religious Studies. For Stanford affiliates. Discussion of Robin Barnes’s recent book, Astrology and Reformation (Oxford 2015).

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May 2017

Apocalypse, Again: Vernacular and Repetition in a Qur’anic Imitation

Thursday, May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Will Sherman, PhD student in Religious Studies. For Religious Studies and Islamic Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. RSVP from your stanford.edu email address to Sarah Brabeck. Along the Indo-Afghan frontier in the 16th century, a Sufi movement known as the Roshaniyya (“the people of light”) encountered a problem familiar to many messianic-apocalyptic movements: how does one write apocalyptically? How can a text move beyond descriptions about the apocalypse and instead beccome the apocalypse through the written…

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Religious Studies Colloquium with Ahoo Najafian

Thursday, May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Ahoo Najafian, PhD student in Religious Studies. For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests.

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