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March 2017

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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Astrology and Reformation: Book Discussion with Robin B. Barnes

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

CMEMS workshop with Robin Barnes (Davidson College). Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, and the Department of Religious Studies. Stanford affiliates are invited to join us for lunch and discussion. Robin Barnes is Professor of History emeritus at Davidson College. His research focuses on the cultural history of early modern Europe, and particularly on apocalypticism, prophecy, and astrology in Germany. He is the author of Prophecy and Gnosis:…

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Religious Studies Majors present on senior research at ASURPS

Saturday, April 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Julian Pena (Religious Studies, ’17) and Itai Fahri (Religious Studies & Philosophy, ’17) will present posters of their senior research projects at the Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Public Service. Free and open to the public.

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May 2017

Revelation through Repetition: Qur’anic Imitation and Apocalypse in the Afghan Highlands

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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Objects of Conversion, Relics of Resistance

Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lecture by Alexandra Kaloyanides. Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. The story of the American Baptist mission to Burma is a story of conversion—both failed and sweeping. The Burmese energetically resisted Christian efforts throughout the nineteenth-century and instead promoted Buddhism as their primary source of national sovereignty. Lavish reproductions of Buddhist texts and prominent pagoda construction projects fortified Buddhist identity through the country, but not strongly enough to keep minority communities from…

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