History of the Religions: Part II
Columbia University Department of Religion Graduate Conference
Knox Hall, Rooms 207-208
606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027
Michael Lambek, Professor and Canada Research Chair Chair of Anthropology, University of Toronto
The “History of Religions” as a paradigm for religious studies seems to have long fallen out of favor in the academic world. But the historically informed study of religion remains critical for the field across disciplinary approaches. Intellectual historians, for example, who have been generally affiliated with the study of political theory and philosophy, are paying greater attention to the religious dimension of ideas across temporal and geographical boundaries. Anthropologists and ethnographers, for their part, are investigating religious traditions themselves as sources of alternative forms of history and historiography. This conference invites new constructive explorations into the intersection of history and religion, grounded in explicit reflection on the centrality of historical methodologies to and concepts of history in religious studies.
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Sponsored by Columbia University Department of Religion; the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; and