McLester Colloquium with Dr. Carl Ernst

McLester Colloquium with Dr. Carl Ernst
 
For the department’s McLester Seminar last week, we were pleased to hear from our very own Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor in Religious Studies, who presented on the topic of “Anglo-Persian Texts and The Colonial Understanding of Religion.” In characteristic fashion, Dr. Ernst examined a pair of often-neglected texts from the early British-Indian colonial encounter in order to uncover the concepts and taxonomies of religion they reflect. We were grateful for the opportunity to hear from Dr. Ernst on this fascinating subject, and the talk was followed by a wonderful time of conversation over refreshments.
Posted in News & Events on November 4, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
 

Here are the courses we are offering for the Spring 2020 semester! (Click on each slide for a PDF version of the poster.)

For the entire Spring course schedule with meeting times and room assignments, see here. Also check ConnectCarolina for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

Posted in News & Events on October 24, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies

Job Posting: Assistant Professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies
 

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies. Research interests should include a focus on Sufism and/or Islamic spiritual traditions, but the area of specialization is open and could include gender and sexuality, critical race theory, social history, ethnography of religion, Islamic philosophy and science, foundational Islamic texts, or other specializations. We seek to complement the existing regional expertise of our current faculty, and we seek applicants who will help engender a climate that values diversity in all its forms. Candidates should demonstrate broad training in their field of expertise, the relevant linguistic competencies, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, and engagement with significant theoretical issues in the study of religion. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (including introductory and upper-level courses in Islamic studies) and to contribute to the Islamic studies concentration in the Department. The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by the time the appointment begins on July 1, 2020.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. For more information, including details on how to apply, see https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/169864.

Posted in News & Events on September 27, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

McLester Colloquium with Dr. Jon Bialecki

McLester Colloquium with Dr. Jon Bialecki
 

Dr. Jon Bialecki

Dr. Jon Bialecki

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The event poster

On Wednesday, September 25, we were pleased to hear from Dr. Jon Bialecki, an Honorary Fellow of The University of Edinburgh, for our first McLester Colloquium of the academic year. He lectured on “‘All Mormons are Transhumanists’: hybridity, double captures, double slits, and arrays”. We are grateful for the opportunity to host Dr. Bialecki for this event and for the discussion that his presentation generated!

Posted in Events, Graduate Student News on September 26, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Feminisms Here and Now: Difficult Attachments (Conference)

Feminisms Here and Now: Difficult Attachments (Conference)
 

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows are invited to submit abstracts to the fourth meeting of Feminisms Here and Now, an interdisciplinary conference organized by PhD students in the Departments of Communication and Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

This year’s theme – “Difficult Attachments” – draws from discussions around our three prior themes, “An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” “Alongside | Across | Against,” and “Continuities and Contradictions,” by taking up the complexities of connection, wherever they may lie. Our previous meeting produced a lively conversation around the difficult attachment many of us have to the myth of scarcity, and the limited vision such an attachment can produce. This year’s theme seeks to build upon that insight and broaden its implications by exploring the notions of both difficulty and attachment through various feminist lenses, here and now.”

For the official call for papers, click here. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019, and participants will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2019.

Registration is free and required in order to attend. For more information, visit the conference website.

Posted in News & Events on September 17, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

New Fall Courses

New Fall Courses
 

The following Fall 2019 courses were added or confirmed over the summer, and remain open for registration. Feel free to contact the instructor (see email contact on the poster) for more information about each course:

RELI 240: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in America (Isaiah Ellis)
RELI 340: Liberal Tradition in American Religion (Brook Wilensky-Lanford)
RELI 345: Black Atlantic Religions (Alejandro Escalante)
RELI 480: Modern Muslim Literatures (Samah Choudhury)

 

Posted in News & Events on August 7, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Recent Discoveries at the 2019 Huqoq Excavations

Recent Discoveries at the 2019 Huqoq Excavations
 


The 2019 season of the archeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, led by Professor Jodi Magness, recently ended at the end of June. This season’s work uncovered new parts of the mosaic floor from the ancient Huqoq synagogue at the site. Among the new mosaics are the depictions of the four beasts described in the book of Daniel and the first depiction of the episode of Elim, the place where the Israelites camped after leaving Egypt and wandering through the wilderness without water.

For more details on the recent findings and the work Magness has done in the past, read here, here and here.

For reports from previous seasons of excavations at Huqoq, see here 7/6/2016), here (7/9/2017) and here (7/17/2018). You can also visit the excavation’s webpage at huqoq.org.

A detail from the Elim mosaic. (Jim Haberman, Courtesy: UNC-Chapel Hill)

Posted in News & Events on July 12, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Andrea Cooper is Recipient of First Book Subvention Prize

Andrea Cooper is Recipient of First Book Subvention Prize
 

Professor Andrea Cooper has received a First Book Subvention Prize from the Association for Jewish Studies. According to the committee, her manuscript “will have a tremendous impact on the field of Jewish studies.” Her book, Beyond Brotherhood: Gendering Modern Jewish Thought, is under contract with Indiana University Press in the series New Jewish Philosophy and Thought.

Congratulations, Andrea!

 

Posted in Faculty News on July 10, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Brendan Thornton to Speak at WPU Interdisciplinary Conference

Brendan Thornton to Speak at WPU Interdisciplinary Conference
 

Professor Brendan Thornton will be the keynote speaker for a conference at William Peace University in October on “Exploring the Macabre, Malevolent, and Mysterious…” Conference organizers invite proposals for paper presentations, demonstrations, and interactive workshops that explore the macabre, malevolent, and mysterious. The deadline for submission is August 1st.

For more information on the conference and how to submit proposals, visit www.peace.edu/peaceic.

Posted in Faculty News on July 5, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.

Dr. Waleed Ziad Joins the Department as Assistant Professor

Dr. Waleed Ziad Joins the Department as Assistant Professor
 

The Department of Religious Studies would like to extend its warmest welcome to Dr. Waleed Ziad, who joins the faculty as Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies. Dr. Ziad holds a Ph.D. in History (with Distinction) from Yale University, and his research focuses on the religious landscape of the modern Persianate world. His doctoral dissertation at Yale won the Theron Rockwell Field Prize, a university-wide award given for an exceptional “poetic, literary, or religious work” of scholarship. Prior to coming to Carolina, Dr. Ziad served as Assistant Professor in Comparative Liberal Studies at Habib University, the first full-fledged liberal arts university in Pakistan, from 2017-2019. In addition to numerous publications in academic venues, Dr. Ziad’s writing has also appeared in journalistic outlets such as The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Hill.

Posted in Faculty News on July 1, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.