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March 2017

Buddhist Temporality and Interpretations of Mass Atrocity in Cambodia (Anne Hansen lecture)

March 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

Lecture by Anne Hansen Professor of Religious Studies and Southeast Asian History University of Wisconsin-Madison Buddhist prophecies about the end of our time and the dawning of a new era tied to the enlightenment of the fifth buddha in our kalpa or “epoch” have circulated widely across the Buddhist world for nearly two millennia. In Cambodia, these millenarian prophesies have also served as a powerful and pervasive response to and explanation for the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, one that is…

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What’s an Ancient Interpreter to Do with ‘Problem Texts’ in the Writings of Paul? (Margaret Mitchell Lecture)

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Christianity in Antiquity Reading Group presents-- A lecture by Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, the University of Chicago Divinity School: "What's an Ancient Interpreter to Do with 'Problem Texts' in the Writings of Paul?" Co-sponsored by CLAS, MEMS, and the UNC and Duke Departments of Religious Studies

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April 2017

Standing in Cement: Possibilities Created by Ravan on the Chhattisgarhi Plains (Joyce Flueckiger Lecture)

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Professor, Emory University Framed by recent interest in the agency of materiality, this talk analyzes, through a performative-ethnographic lens, possibilities created and questions raised by the cement images of Ravan, the antagonist of the Ramayana epic tradition, found throughout the central plains of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. While in Ramayan verbal narraties, Ravan dies; here in Chhattisgarh, materially he stands and is much more visible than the hero-god Ram. The materiality of…

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