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November 2016

CMEMS “Reformations”: Primary Source Symposium 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - November 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) and cosponsored by the Europe Center; the Department of Religious Studies; the Department of History; the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; the Department of Art and Art History; the Stanford Humanities Center; and Stanford University Libraries. Free and open to the public. In the third annual Primary Source Symposium, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the so-called protestant Reformation by reflecting broadly on social, institutional, political, and intellectual…

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December 2016

Shakespeare’s Shylock and the (Legend of the) Wandering Jew

Monday, December 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

David S. Lobel lecture by Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies. Free and open to the public. The legend of the Wandering Jew has played a central role in conceptualizing and imagining Europe. The lecture will first trace its early versions in the Middle East and in Southern Europe and then address the almost coeval appearance of the first known German editions of the most frequently distributed…

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Crusade: New Directions in Teaching and Research

Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

A workshop sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and Stanford University Libraries.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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January 2017

Contradictions in/of Religion: Religious Studies Colloquium with Shahzad Bashir

Thursday, January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Shahzad Bashir. For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Colloquium participants will discuss a recent article by Lucian Hölscher, “Contradictory Concepts: An Essay on the Semantic Structure of Religious Discourses” (2015). The reading will be sent to all respondents a week before the colloquium. RSVP and include your stanford.edu email address and affiliation HERE.

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February 2017

Saints, Tombs, and Miracles in Chinese Islam: Religious Studies Colloquium with Jessica Chen

Thursday, February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Jessica Chen, PhD Student in Religious Studies. For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

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Book Event: “The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature” with Naomi Seidman

Thursday, February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In her new book Naomi Seidman considers the Jewish move from traditional arranged marriage to modern romance through the literature that provided Jews with a sentimental education. She argues that the Jewish adoption of European romantic ideologies was always partial and ambivalent, forming a distinctively Jewish approach to sex, love, and marriage that in the twentieth century became the dominant romantic discourse in the West. Sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious…

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CANCELLED: The Ismaili Ginans of South Asia as Devotional Literature

Friday, February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Unfortunately this event has been CANCELLED. Lecture by Ali Asani (Harvard University). Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, The Stanford Humanities Center, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. This talk will introduce the ginans, hymns of wisdom of the South Asia’s Ismaili communities, and their most important themes. It will also discuss their ritual and performative contexts and the manner  these have been impacted by a variety of political, social and religious influences in colonial and postcolonial times.…

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I’m Still Here : Performing The Histories of Tomorrow

Monday, February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Workshop with choreographer and director, Saar Magal, inaugural artist-in-resident in Jewish Studies. She is an award-winning, young choreographer and performance artist from Berlin. For more information about her work, click HERE.  This session is open to faculty and graduate students in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies. RSVP to Linda Huynh, lindamh[at]stanford.edu. Participants will explore processes of extinction as a physical, political, ecological, social and cultural phenomenon together, mainly for the purpose of generating a constellation of images, narratives, movements, sounds…

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Sanctifying Prison Grounds: The Visual Culture of Burma’s Let Ma Yoon: Religious Studies Colloquium with Alexandra Kaloyanides

Thursday, February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Colloquium with Alexandra Kaloyanides, Post-doc in the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies. For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

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