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March 2017
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Attiya Ahmad – Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait

March 29 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait Everyday Conversions examines the widespread but little known phenomenon of migrant domestic workers’ Islamic conversions in the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf region as a way to think more broadly about emergent transnational forms of gendered subjectivity, affinity, and belonging in our contemporary world. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Kuwait, other Gulf states, and parts of South Asia, and vividly illustrated by descriptions of domestic workers’…

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Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With Brexit, the election of Trump in the US, and the rise of the far-right in Europe, Muslims are facing greater scrutiny than ever before.  Throughout Europe and the US they are increasingly considered a fifth column.  Globally, self-identified Muslims are often considered harbingers of regressive values that are antithetical to a secular project of progressive enlightenment.  Western political and media attempts to expunge Islam and Muslims from the collective imaginary are both a reminder of the exclusionary practices that constitute…

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Religion and Public Life Series: Halal Tourism and the Spoils of War in the Middle East – Attiya Ahmad

March 30 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements.   Halal…

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Spirit & Sound Series: Capoeira: The Music, Movements, and Ritual of the Spirit Circle

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of the Spirit and Sound series, The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life presents an evening of “Capoeira: The Music, Movements, and Ritual of the Spirit Circle.” The evening will begin with a capoeira demonstration after which there will be a panel discussion on the history, cultural origins, and spiritual significance of capoeira. Topics explored will include: capoeira’s beginnings in Africa, destruction of documentation regarding its development in Brazil, the hybrid nature of the art form (instrument, song, movement,…

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April 2017
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Surveillance and the Mosque

April 7 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Last year’s turbulent presidential campaign revealed implicit biases about the status and security of Muslims in America and elsewhere. A rhetoric that was invariably framed using terms like “surveillance,” “suspicion,” “Islamic terror,” and “jihadist” permeated media and public discourse, culminating in widespread calls for increased surveillance of Muslim communities at home and abroad. These calls build upon discourses as well as policies and practices implemented by government officials and institutions that have policed and surveilled Muslims communities since 9/11. A…

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Imaginal Worlds: Religion and Speculative Fan Fiction

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Religion Department Graduate Student Conference Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction ​Keynote speakers: N.K. Jemisin, 2016 Hugo Award Winner Annette Yoshiko Reed, University of Pennsylvania Contemporary popular culture is riddled with religious allusions and ideations. In science fiction and fantasy literature, comic books and graphic novels, fanfiction and cosplay adaptations, familiar storylines are recursively created through conceptions of the divine and demonic, the miraculous and marvelous, the saintly and heretical. This confluence of evolving imagery and ideas raises questions…

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Todd Weir: A pre-history of post-truth: Evangelical and liberal understandings of worldview in the Cold-War era

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The starting point of much contemporary thinking about religion and politics is that we are confronted with irreducible disagreements between different ethical and religious worldviews. Some scholars have argued that the first step to reconciliation between worldviews might be to abandon absolute claims to truth. This conclusion would appear to be the labor of secular observers of contemporary culture wars, who might feel with this insight to have achieved a location above fray. Yet, as I will argue, this conclusion is…

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Intimacies Day I: Sexuality in Contemporary Muslim Societies

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A two-day conference: Intimacies I Panel 1: Muslim Sexualities: Exploring Definitions and Concepts Panel 2: Let’s talk about Sex: On the Ground Perspectives of Muslim Sexuality Intimacies II: Exploring Queer Affects in Contemporary Muslim Societies Panel 1: Queer Social Movements Panel 2: “Variant” Muslims: Gender Pluralism More information, including the full lineup of speakers, will be announced soon.

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Religion and Public Life series – Hussein Rashid

April 13 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. Religion and…

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Intimacies Day II: Exploring Queer Affects in Contemporary Muslim Societies

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A two-day conference: Intimacies I Panel 1: Muslim Sexualities: Exploring Definitions and Concepts Panel 2: Let’s talk about Sex: On the Ground Perspectives of Muslim Sexuality Intimacies II: Exploring Queer Affects in Contemporary Muslim Societies Panel 1: Queer Social Movements Panel 2: “Variant” Muslims: Gender Pluralism More information, including the full lineup of speakers, will be announced soon.

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