Advancing creative and critical scholarship on religion in the world
From Bat-Mitzvah to the Bar: How Religion Shapes Women's Educational Aspirations and Attainment

An RSVP is requested. Ilana Horowitz, doctoral student in Sociology of Education and Education & Jewish Studies at Stanford University and an Institute of Education Sciences Fellow. It is well known that educational attainment in the United States is stratified based on race, class, and gender. But many people are surprised to learn that educational […]

Sanskrit Reading Workshop

Professor Alexis Sanderson, Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, Oxford University. This two-day workshop will offer Sanskrit scholars across the Bay Area the opportunity to engage deeply with Mīmāṃsā, the preeminent school of Indian hermeneutics, while thinking more broadly about the state of philology in the field of South Asian Studies. Organized by Lisa Brooks, Kashi Gomez, […]

Tarrying with the Irreparable: Trauma and Kader Attia's Arts of Repair

This workshop is conceived in conversation with Algerian-French artist Kader Attia, and in relation to his exhibition on view at BAMPFA. It will engage with many primary themes of Attia’s work, reflecting on trauma and loss, war, colonization, madness and possession, the dead and ghostly, and, the contemporary, virtual form of haunting. It takes its point […]

Hatred Old and New: The Roots and Resurgence of Antisemitism

Note: An RSVP for this event is requested. Panelists: Robert Braun, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology. Expertise: Jewish-Christian relationships in the Low Countries John Efron, Koret Professor, Department of History.Expertise: Cultural and social history of German Jewry Ethan Katz, Associate Professor, Department of History.Expertise: Jewish-Muslim relations and the Jews of modern France and its empire […]

Religion and Reproductive Health Care in 2019

Bishops and Bodies: Religion and Reproductive Health Care in 2019 Panelists: Amy Littlefield (Rewire.News), Arthurine Zakama (UCSF), Karen Scott (UCSF), Lisa Ikemoto (UC Davis) and Olga Smith (UCSF) Moderators: Lori Freedman (UCSF) & Ronit Stahl (UCB)   In Spring, 2019, the UC Regents deliberated a proposed affiliation between UCSF and Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital […]

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls

The dramatic resurgence of religion across the globe has prompted a critical reappraisal of the relationship between the religious and the political. Under the rubric of “political theology,” these inquiries have brought to light a question, or a field of inquiry, that both the doctrine of secularism and liberal political theory have obscured: the persistence […]

Conversation - Seminar with Vicki Spencer: Toleration in Comparative Perspective - After Christchurch

Discussants include: Vicki A Spencer+ (Otago University, New Zealand), Purushottama Bilimoria (Moderator) (GTU & UC Berkeley), Christopher Ocker (GTU, Berkeley, Chair Historical and Cultural Studies), Alexander von Rospatt (UC Berkeley), Aaron Grizzell (GTU & Nor Cal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation), Munis Faruqui (UC Berkeley), Dan Blanton (UC Berkeley) The idea that toleration is a uniquely modern Western concept based […]

Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

Talk by Sociologist Sadia Saeed on her new book, Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan, an examination of how the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities has been debated and institutionalized in colonial India and Pakistan. The movement away from secularist practices and toward political Islam is a prominent trend across […]

Subjunctive Explorations - Fictive Sufi Tales of Early Modern Bengal: The 2nd ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Tony Stewart is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities and Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is a specialist in the religions and literatures of the Bengali-speaking world. His work on Vaisnava traditions of Hindu Bengal was titled The Final Word: the Caitanya Caritamrta and the Grammar of Religious […]

The Creative Repercussions of Counterculture

Haroon Mirza, Artist Haroon Mirza will examine how ideas seeded in the counterculture movement of the 1960s are now solidifying in contemporary culture and the influence that has had on his work. A London-based artist with a diverse multimedia practice, Mirza will touch on subjects that resonate with his broad interest in the creative history […]

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