Previous Graduate Student Conferences

 2014 Graduate Student Conference: educating religion

11 – 12 may 2014

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educating religion

Religion is a thing both taught and learned. Over the last century, as the study of religious people and religious discourse has diversified into new disciplines and fields, the very matter of religious knowledge has been transformed, along with the habits of teaching and learning that accompany religious faiths. While these changes receive due attention in the distinct scholarly disciplines of both religion and education, these subjects are rarely studied in tandem, drawing on the resources of scholars in each field to effectively illuminate the work of the other. This conference will not simply be a series of paper presentations and responses, but will also attempt to cultivate alternative modes of academic engagement–particularly public-facing discourse. In addition to seminar-style discussions, conference attendees will participate in workshops with veterans in the field about research, teaching, and their efforts to perform public roles.  To download the program, click schedule. The conference blog is available here.

This conference is a joint venture between students in Religious Studies and in Education. Co-sponsors include the Department of Religious Studies, the Concentration in Jewish Studies and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, with the support of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the President’s Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence at Stanford.

2013 Graduate Student Conference:

old time religion : exploring the creativity of religious temporality

17 – 18 may 2013

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What is old time and what makes it old? How does an alternative past invoked in the present differ from the historical past, and how do such invocations enhance the power of religious memory, imagination, and expectation? The fifth annual graduate student conference will be an exploration of the strategies of remembered or imagined time in religious expression, discourse, and identity. Our goal is to bring together scholars from various fields and disciplines in an examination of how religious concepts, images, myths, and historical narratives are based upon an idea of an old time against which the present is measured. Also of interest is the efficacy of such temporal displacements more generally as creative devices in religious thought, expression, and practice (e.g., remembered old-time, a projected end-time, past- or future-as-present, etc.).
Location: Board room, Stanford Humanities Center
Sponsors: Department of Religious Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center Conference
contact: kevin chaves