Student Recognition Day 2020
Aaron Stalnaker Promoted to Full Professor
Cooper Harriss Tenured
IU Religious Studies is proud to announce Mihee Kim-Kort has been selected to receive a 2020 Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).
Theologies of American Exceptionalism available online.
“It’s relatively unusual to have a law against yoga or meditation in school,” said Candy Gunther Brown, a professor of religious studies at Indiana University and author of Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools.
In her recently released book, Laura Carlson Hasler argues that the books of Ezra and Nehemiah help reveal how the Bible received its unusual form.
Sullivan was presented with this award at The Evening of Celebrations on January 27th, recognizing faculty who have achieved local, national and international distinction both in teaching and research.
This semester, we will gather to examine identity, justice and democracy as they are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices and discuss the resurgence of these questions around the category of race.
The Center for Religion & the Human has granted its first Iris Award, created to honor outstanding work offering new insights into the meaning of being human in relation to science, religion, and nature.
The Graduate Religious Studies Association (GRSA)will be holding their annual conference on March 6-7, 2020. This conference intends to explore the relationship between religion and abuse—two terms that admit of various interpretations.
Please join Provost Lauren Robel and Vice Provost Eliza Pavalko for An Evening of Celebrations honoring Winnifred Sullivan and others for their induction as Provost Professors, Monday, January 27, 2020.
Jay Carter’s article in Religion News Service explains the deeper crisis behind Christianity Today’s controversial editorial.
Rebecca Manring will give a talk on Jan 22 at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta titled “Unity in Diversity in Premodern Bengal: Rūparāma Cakravartī’s Dharma-maṅgala”.
The Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA hosted Candy Gunther Brown for a talk on the appeal of and most common objections to public-school yoga, mindfulness, and meditation programs.
The Immanent Frame's new “Universe of Terms” series offers three perspectives on What is science, anyway? including one by our own Lisa Sideris.
Stephen Selka presented a paper titled “Public Candomblé Revisited" at the Indigeneity, Religion and Remaking the Public Sphere conference hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in December.
Patrick Michelson and the Center for Theoretical Inquiry hosted a reading group during the fall semester
Patrick Michelson and the Center for Theoretical Inquiry hosted a reading group during the fall semester engaging the texts of Mikhail Bakhtin and his lifelong engagement with the hermeneutics of self and other. The final event was a public symposium “An Excess of Seeing: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of Mikhail Bakhtin.”
Sonia Velázquez was elected to the Executive Council of the Cervantes Society of America. The Society's purpose is to advance the study of the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes.
Lisa Sideris joined psychologists Jennifer Stellar and Piercarlo Valdesolo at the New York Academy of Sciences for a talk titled “Beyond Oneself: The Ethics and Psychology of Awe” to explore our understanding of how awe shapes our perspectives and views on everything from science to morality.
Sarah Imhoff contributed a piece to The Immanent Frame about “body.” She explores the two main ways in the field of religious studies to think about what “body” means and why it matters.
Stephen Selka participated in a roundtable titled “Imagining climates of justice: Intersectionality, cultural critique and the provocations of Science Fiction”
Stephen Selka participated in a roundtable titled “Imagining climates of justice: Intersectionality, cultural critique and the provocations of Science Fiction” at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Vancouver in November. Selka’s contribution was titled “Reading Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower in the fall of 2016.”
Michael Ing spoke at the First Nation’s Center celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This and other events throughout the month highlighted the issues still affecting indigenous peoples.
Watch Candy Brown at the Mindful Leader Summit in D.C. as she debated Barnaby Spring, Director of Mindfulness in Education for the NYC Department of Education over the issue: Are mindfulness practices religious, and do they belong in public institutions?
Patrick Michelson took part in Indiana University’s 2nd Annual Research Day hosted by Indiana University's Journal of Undergraduate Research. The title of his workshop: “The What? Why? And How? of Humanities Research.”
Jacob Boss has been appointed to the steering committee for the Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit at the American Academy of Religion.
URSA will be holding their Spring Symposium on Mar 27-28, 2020. Call for Papers deadline Jan 17th.
Maggie Slaughter spoke at the Renaissance Studies End-of-Year Roundtable featuring advanced graduate work about her research on Capuchins and Catholic Mummification in her talk titled “Pilgrims on Earth and Citizens of Heaven: Apostolic Effigies in the Monastic Dead.”
Congratulations to Anna Groover on being elected to Phi Beta Kappa this semester!
Congratulations to Joe Bartzel on the successful defense of his dissertation! “From Riot to Reconciliation: The Ferguson Commission and the Future of St. Louis.”
GRSA will be holding their Spring Conference on Religion & Abuse, Mar 6-7, 2020.
Emily Stratton presented a condensed overview of her dissertation-in-progress, “Popular Pieties: Young Men, Digital Media, and Religious Form in Urban Ghana” at the International Sociological Association’s Annual Mid-Term Conference on the Sociology of Religion held at the University of Ghana, November 15-17.
Cooper Harriss was just named to the editorial board for Literature and Theology, a quarterly peer-review journal providing a critical non-confessional forum for both textual analysis and theoretical speculation, and encouraging explorations of how religion is embedded in culture.
Constance Furey contributed an article to a recently published volume entitled The Garb of Being about embodiment and holiness in Late Christianity.
Read J. Kameron Carter’s op-ed in Religion News Service entitled “How a courtroom ritual of forgiveness absolves white America” where he explores the value of forgiveness and grace within the American social and political structure.
Lisa Sideris was just named to the editorial board for The Immanent Frame which publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, secularism, and the public sphere.
Sonia Velázquez spent a week this summer at the Teatroteca in Madrid, Spain looking at recordings of contemporary representations of 17th-century saints' plays to see how modern directors tackle the genre's peculiar blend of both spectacular special effects and didacticism.
IU Religious Studies has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Henry Luce Foundation to support our 'Being Human' project.
Josie Wenig won the Theory Center Graduate Essay Prize, with a paper entitled “Willing the Body: Sovereignty, Transition, and Ascetic Transformation.” Josie will present the paper, followed by a discussion and reception, at CAHI on November 15, at 4 p.m.
Congratulations to our undergraduate award winners.
Lisa Sideris talks with David Haberman about her upcoming Gifford lecture.