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February 2017

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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March 2017

Writing on Mountains to Save the World

Thursday, March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Evans-Wentz lecture by Lother Ledderose (Heidelberg University). Sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies. Free and open to the public. Read more about the event here. In the sixth century Buddhist monks in present-day Shandong engraved Buddha names and excerpts from Sutra texts onto rocky cliffs under the open sky. This is a unique phenomenon in China, and perhaps in the world. With their land art the monks created a realm…

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Faith in Paper: Printed Talismans and Inscribed Oaths in Premodern Japanese Religion: Religious Studies Colloquium with D. Max Moerman

Thursday, March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Religious Studies Colloquium with D. Max Moerman (Barnard College and Columbia University). For Religious Studies faculty, graduate students, and Stanford-affiliated guests. Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

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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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Singing Religious Poetry in North India: Concert by Prahlad Singh Tipanya and ensemble

Friday, April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The first of two concerts as part of a symposium in which five scholars and two artists explore poetry, music, society, and performance. The performances and symposium are in conjunction with the South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for South Asia. Free and open to the public. Prahlad Singh Tipanya still lives in his natal village of Lunyakhedi in Ujjain…

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Singing Religious Poetry in North India: Symposium

Saturday, April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A symposium in which five scholars and two artists explore poetry, music, society, and performance. The performances and symposium are in conjunction with the South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for South Asia. Free and open to the public. Chair and commentator: Anna Schultz Panelists: Kirin Narayan, Sukanya Chakrabarti, Vivek Virani, Linda Hess Participants: Anna Schultz is Associate Professor in…

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Singing Religious Poetry in North India: Concert by Parvathy Baul

Saturday, April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The second of two concerts as part of a symposium in which five scholars and two artists explore poetry, music, society, and performance. The performances and symposium are in conjunction with the South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for South Asia. Free and open to the public. Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer and teacher of the Baul tradition from…

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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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