SPRING 2017 Events


MAY 2017

Brokering Religion and Development: Ethnographic Approaches to NGOs

May 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The past decade has witnessed a remarkable surge of interest among both policy makers and academics into the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organizations’ (FBOs) have garnered considerable scholarly and...

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A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia (May 4th – 5th)

May 4

*Please note, this conference covers two days (May 4th-5th). Please, register with us on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-history-of-difference-piety-and-space-in-early-modern-west-asia-tickets-34215977911* This conference brings together scholars working broadly in Ottoman and Mughal pas...

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APRIL 2017

Religion II – Dynamics, Processes, and Change

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University will host a one-day conference entitled Religion II: Dynamics, Processes, and Change on Friday, April 21, 2017. IRCPL will bring together visiting scholars and fellows to take up the theme of religion from various cr...

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Spirit & Sound Series: (Un)Covering Religion in India – Rare Spring Ragas on Sitar

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Featuring a Hindustani Classical Sitar Concert by: Pandit Kushal Das, Sitar Pandit Ramdas Palsule, Tabla And a conversation with students from Columbia Journalism School’s Covering Religion Seminar Join us! Pulitzer Hall, Brown Institute for Media Innovation (2950 Broadway) Register here: htt...

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Religion and Public Life Series: Hussein Rashid – Religion and the Digital Turn

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...

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Intimacies: Days I & II

April 13 @ 9:00 am - April 14 @ 5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Location for Day 1 has changed to the Presidential Room at Columbia Faculty House Intimacies I: Sexualities in Contemporary Muslim Societies (April 13th, Presidential Room at Columbia Faculty House) Breakfast // 9:00am – 9:30am Opening Remarks // 9:30am – 9:45am Panel 1: Mu...

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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 c...

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MARCH 2017

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 hi...

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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...

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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 regressi...

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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 emergen...

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Book Talk: Beyond the Secular West

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Book Talk with Akeel Bilgrami, Prasenjit Duara, and Sudipta Kaviraj Hosted by the Committee on Global Thought with support from the South Asia Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. March 24, 2017 · 3:00PM-4:30PM Columbia University, International Affairs Building, R...

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FEBRUARY 2017

Josef Sorett – Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

February 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

New Books in the Arts and Sciences – panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just rel...

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Religion and Public Life series – Divine Text, Mundane Language: Debating the Qur’an in Jakarta- Webb Keane

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 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...

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Religion and Public Life series – Expertly Secular- Matthew Engelke

February 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 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...

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Religion and Public Life series – Robert A. Orsi – History and Presence

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

This event requires registration. There are associated readings from Robert Orsi’s book History and Presence that will be emailed to you once you register. Please email info@ircpl.org to register. The question of “real presence”—the Catholic doctrine of the literal, physical, embodied p...

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Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment

February 10 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The institutional structures of white supremacy—slavery, Jim Crow laws, convict leasing, and mass incarceration—require a commonsense belief that black people lack the moral and intellectual capacities of white people. It is through this lens of belief that racial exclusions have been justified ...

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