- 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) See our Spring 2019 Course Book. Explore the world: Study Religion.
Help support continued excellence in our department
- 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
All are welcome
Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools
(University of North Carolina Press, 2019)
The History of the Church:
A New Translation
(University of California Press, 2019)
Nur Amali Ibrahim,
Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility
(Cornell University Press, 2018)
Patrick Lally Michelson, “Freedom of Conscience in the Clerical Imagination of Russian Orthodox Thought, 1801-1865,” in Religious Freedom in Modern Russia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) Michael Ing,
The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought
(Oxford University Press, 2017)
Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation
(University of Chicago Press, 2017)