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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Posted in Faculty News on July 10, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.
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.Faculty News on July 5, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.
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.
We are pleased to announce that, as of July 1, 2019, two members of our faculty have been promoted to new ranks in the department:
Brandon Bayne has been promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Bayne specializes in the study religion in the Americas and Medieval and Early Modern Christianity, particularly European and indigenous encounters in the contact zones of the Americas. He teaches a range of courses in the area of religion in the Americas, including recent courses on “Catholicism in America” (RELI 142), “The Reformations” (RELI 454), “Readings in American Religion to 1865” (RELI 744), and “Religion and Cultural Contact in America” (RELI 842).
Brendan Thornton is now Associate Professor in the department. Dr. Thornton specializes in the intersections of religion, culture, and identity in the Caribbean, concentrating on the ethnographic study of Pentecostal Christianity and the intersecting themes of gender, cultural change, and religious authority in the Caribbean and Latin America. He teaches a variety of course in the areas of Christianity and the supernatural, including “Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons and the Occult in the Americas” (RELI 246), “Anthropology of Christianity” (RELI 352), “Spirit Possession” (RELI 427), and “Christianity and Cultural Change” (RELI 721).
Congratulations to Brandon and Brendan!Posted in Faculty News on July 1, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.
The Department of Religious Studies is excited to host the 2019 annual conference of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association (NCRSA) on October 5. It will be held in Carolina Hall on UNC Chapel Hill’s Campus.
The program is now available and registration is now open on the NCRSA website. Registration is $20 if you register by September 30, and $25 if you register the day of the conference. Undergraduate and graduate students are exempt from this registration fee.
The NCRSA is looking for proposals or abstracts of papers, completed papers, or topics for panel discussion on any area in the academic study of religion and of philosophy as it pertains to religion. The Association will honor the best undergraduate and graduate student essays with a stipend of $100 each, to be awarded at the conference. Submissions are due by June 30.
To learn more about submitting an essay, visit the NCRSA website.Posted in News & Events on June 24, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.
Associate Professor, Jessica Boon, along with Eric Knibbs and Erica Gelser, have co-edited a collection of essays titled The End of the World in Medieval Thought and Spirituality (Springer, 2019) in honor of the retirement of E. Ann Matter, now Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania. From the Springer website:
“This essay collection studies the Apocalypse and the end of the world, as these themes occupied the minds of biblical scholars, theologians, and ordinary people in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and Early Modernity. It opens with an innovative series of studies on “Gendering the Apocalypse,” devoted to the texts and contexts of the apocalyptic through the lens of gender. A second section of essays studies the more traditional problem of “Apocalyptic Theory and Exegesis,” with a focus on authors such as Augustine of Hippo and Joachim of Fiore. A final series of essays extends the thematic scope to “The Eschaton in Political, Liturgical, and Literary Contexts.” In these essays, scholars of history, theology, and literature create a dialogue that considers how fear of the end of the world, among the most pervasive emotions in human experience, underlies a great part of Western cultural production.”
Congratulations, Jessica!Posted in Faculty Publications, News & Events on June 10, 2019. Bookmark the permalink.