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Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico

“Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico” aims to develop a preliminary exploration of the broad theme of emergent religious forms in Mexican public life.  We hope to address new narratives and social practices developed to cope with everyday life in a society that has undergone such rapid and deep transformation, the nature of engagement of contemporary religious organizations and trends in Mexican public life, and the proliferation of cult-like organizations that do not take on expressly religious forms, but may have kinship with them, such as Michoacán’s Knights Templar, Dianetics, or even the culture of pyramid scheme-like organizations such as Herbalife.

For more information, visit the event page here.

Listen to the audio of the day 1 morning session here:

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Listen to the audio of the day 2 morning session here:

Hossein Kamaly – Can the Word of God be Ambiguous?

Wednesday, April 8
Hossein Kamaly, Barnard College
“Can the Word of God be Ambiguous?”

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

Listen to the audio for this event here:

See the event page here for more information.

For more information on the Word of God lecture series, see here.

 

Bampton Lecture with Daniel Boyarin 2

The 2015 Bampton Lectures in America will be given by Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin, speaking on: A Genealogy for Judaism.

In this series of lectures, Daniel Boyarin proposes that scholarship ought to resist using the term “Judaism” with reference to the pre-modern period. As has been argued by several scholars already, there is no “native” term with this meaning in antiquity or the Middle Ages. There is, moreover, no evidence that Jews divided off one category of their experience and practice and named it their religion. It is, therefore, a falsification of the evidence to pick out an entity and name it “Judaism.” A theoretical argument against using modern categories to analyze ancient realities will be advanced as well.  See the event page for more information.

Listen to the audio here:

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Bampton Lecture with Daniel Boyarin 1

The 2015 Bampton Lectures in America will be given by Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin, speaking on: A Genealogy for Judaism.

In this series of lectures, Daniel Boyarin proposes that scholarship ought to resist using the term “Judaism” with reference to the pre-modern period. As has been argued by several scholars already, there is no “native” term with this meaning in antiquity or the Middle Ages. There is, moreover, no evidence that Jews divided off one category of their experience and practice and named it their religion. It is, therefore, a falsification of the evidence to pick out an entity and name it “Judaism.” A theoretical argument against using modern categories to analyze ancient realities will be advanced as well.  See the event page for more information.

Listen to the audio here:

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Matthew Engelke – Secular Shadows: African, Immanent, Postcolonial

Going by the lights of anthropology, political science, history, and other disciplines, it would seem that “the secular” is an irrelevant concept in, and for, sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, March 10th, Matthew Engelke asks why, whether, and how that is the case. In doing so, he addresses a series of classic and contemporary discussions in the Africanist canon, and relates them to recent debates on immanence, the mundane, and critique. Eschewing ethnography proper, he moves among the texts in an effort to provoke further reflections.  For more information see here.

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Wael Hallaq – God’s Word: Between the Intentional and the Political

Wael Hallaq, Columbia University
“God’s Word: Between the Intentional and the Political”
Friday, February 13
4:10 – 6:00pm
80 Claremont Ave, Room 101

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

Listen to the seminar here:

 

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