On Saturday, May 12, Dr. Kathryn Lofton, (PhD UNC 2005), Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, delivered the keynote address at UNC’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Dr. Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined the ways the history of religion is constituted by the history of popular culture and the emergence of corporations in modernity. You can watch Dr. Lofton’s Keynote Address below:
Congratulations to all the 2018 graduates of our Religious Studies program! You have inspired us with your enthusiasm, creativity, and critical insight. We wish you every success in your future endeavors!
On Wednesday, April 18, the department held its annual awards ceremony at which we celebrated the accomplishments of our students and faculty over the past year. The ceremony was held in the Graduate Student Center and was followed by a wonderful time of conversation over refreshments. The many recognitions we noted that day include:
Undergraduate Student Awards:
Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Awards:
Ingrid Kottke, “Witchcraft as Crime in the Treatises of King James VI and I and Matthew Hopkins”
Sydra Siddiqui, “Narratives of Healing and Personhood in Indian and Tanzanian Society”
Bernard Boyd Memorial Prize: Sydra Siddiqui
Graduate Student Awards:
Peck Prize for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence: Miguel Vargas
Religious Studies Department Summer Research Awards:
Isaiah Ellis,“American Architecture and American Religion: A Case Study in the Spiritual Valences of the Urban West”
Joanna Smith, “Secrecy, Limits, and the Configuration of Bodies at the Modern Slaughterhouse”
Announcing the winners of the Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Award:
Named in honor of David J. Halperin (Rabbinic Judaism) and John Howard Schütz (New Testament), former faculty members of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies who were influential on a generation of students through their interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching, this essay competition recognizes undergraduate scholarship in the study of religion.
The winners are Ingrid Kottke, for a Capstone paper in RELI 697: “Witchcraft as Crime in the Treatises of King James VI and I and Matthew Hopkins;” and Sydra Siddiqui, for a selection from the Honors thesis, “Construction of The Body and Personhood: A Comparative Analysis of Religious and Indigenous Healing Practices in India and Tanzania,” Chapter 2: “Narratives of Healing and Personhood in Indian and Tanzanian Society.”
Announcing the winners of our RELI Instagram contest:
Most Likes: Jessie Mosley
Faculty Appreciation Award: Emily Parker
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for submitting your photos! You can follow us on Instagram at @reliunc.