Activities and Accolades

  • Thanks to all those who attended our reception at this year’s conference of the American Academy of Religion. It was a blast! And we have photos to prove it.
  • Dr. Jamel Velji begins our series on the Religion of Things with his talk entitled "Drinking the Orient: Meditations on Religion and Coffee from the Yemen to San Francisco" Thurs Nov 29th, 5pm at Inkwell, 105 N College Ave.
  • The Department of Religious Studies is thrilled to welcome Professor J. Kameron Carter, who has joined our faculty and will begin teaching in 2019.
  • Steve Selka will be giving a paper titled "Roots Tourism as a Genre of Encounter in Bahia, Brazil" at the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Jose, CA on 11/15.
  • On Nov 13, Heather Blair participated in a workshop at Harvard University on narrative and ritual practices associated with sacred mountains in medieval Japan. She’ll be presenting on sutra burial — the practice of interring Buddhist scriptures. Her focus? A cache of deluxe manuscripts buried in 1114 by a mystery nun named Hōyaku!
  • Lisa Sideris was a visiting scholar at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia, at the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre in connection with a project on Religion, Ethics, and the Anthropocene.
  • On Nov 5, Heather Blair gave a talk at UCLA’s Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Titled “Image/Argument/Thing,” it explored the roles played by religiously inflected stock characters in Japanese picturebooks from the postwar to the present. Blair is currently working on a book project provisionally titled The Gods Make You Giggle: Finding Religion in Japanese Picturebooks.
  • Lisa Sideris talks with David Haberman about her upcoming Gifford lecture.
  • Constance Furey's book Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation has been chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the review magazine from the ALA.
  • While a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (UW Madison), Sonia Velazquez will complete a book manuscript on beauty and holiness.
  • The world of religious scholars is mourning the passing of James H. Cone
  • Sonia Velazquez has been selected to receive the 2018 Latino Faculty and Staff Council Faculty Award
  • Kevin Jaques is in the Inside IU news for his beautiful turned wooden bowls.
  • The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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Students & Alumni

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  • Congratulations to Dale Spicer for passing his qualifying exams!
  • Congratulations to our grad students who presented at the AAR in Denver: Shaheer Afaqi, Mihee Kim Kort, Margaret Slaughter, Abby Kulisz, Josie Wenig and Meng Zhang.
  • Visit Jerusalem with Prof. Jason Mokhtarian. Explore Jerusalem’s Old City, travel to Masada, tour the Yad Vashem museum, and see Tel Aviv. Join us for a week abroad that you won’t forget. See details. Applications received after Oct 18 will be reviewed as space allows.
  • URSA (Undergraduate Religious Studies Association) invites you to join us in planning the USRA spring symposium. More details.
  • Graduate Religious Studies Association (GRSA) at Indiana University announce the 2019 Graduate Student Conference Heresies: Dissonance and Disturbance to be held March 22-23. Abstract submissions are due December 1st. See details.
  • Read about IU Religious Studies alumnus Andy Kastner as a rabbi and Renaissance man in “Go Back to Breath: A rabbi’s journey through food justice and faith.”
  • Graduate student, Matt Graham, delivered a paper entitled “Truth at the Edge of Hermeneutics” at the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture (ISRLC) 2018 Conference "The Place of Truth", at Sweden's Uppsala University.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Travis Cooper, on the successful defense of his dissertation: “The Digital Evangelicals: Contesting Authority and Authenticity After the New Media Turn,” which earned him a dual Ph.D. in both Religious Studies and Anthropology!
  • Congratulations to Mihee Kim-Kort, for her recently published book Outside the Lines and for receiving the Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Congratulations to graduate students Naiyi Hsu and Sean Sidky on successfully passing their qualifying exams!
  • The department is proud to announce Farzana Sabaah Memon has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa!
  • Check out the latest Religious Studies blog with our woman in Europe, Kiersten Mann
  • Submissions being accepted for the Undergraduate journal Invocations
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