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Religion and Language: Symposium & Roundtable
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
April 24, 2018 / 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

The symposium focuses on the relationship between religion and language, from three perspectives. One perspective concerns the legitimacy and the limits of applying human language to the divine. How is it possible to speak about the divine? Would it be more advantageous to enlarge our understanding of “language” to embrace any code of meaning, such […]

Making Religious Peace: A Historical Perspective
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
April 18, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Wayne Te Brake, Professor of History Emeritus, Purchase College, SUNY

Between 1529 and 1651 six major clusters of religious war engulfed Europe. Most of these wars ended in some form of political compromise, but even in the exceptional cases religious war eventually yielded to religious peace. Though historians traditionally focus on the wars, this presentation will focus on the broad and durable pattern of religious […]

The Mongols and the Church of the East
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
March 08, 2016 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3401 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Joel Walker, Jon Bridgman Endowed Associate Professor of History, University of Washington

Recent scholarship has drawn renewed attention to the prominence of Nestorian Christians in the Mongol Empire (1206-1368). Drawing upon a broad range of primary sources in Syriac, Latin, Turkish and other languages, this lecture explores the role of the Ongut Turks of Inner Mongolia in the articulation of religious identity in the Mongol world. Joel […]

Theology and the Danish Politics of Offense
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
February 04, 2016 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley CA

Noreen Khawaja, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

The 2005 Danish “Cartoons Crisis” – as it has come to be known – set off a wave of protests and debates around the globe. The phenomenon was widely framed as a conflict between the freedom of speech, on the one hand, and the right not to be offended, on the other. Scholars have challenged […]

Beyond the Second Commandment: Image Wars in Past and Present
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
November 19, 2015 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley CA

Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University

The point of departure of this presentation is that human relations to images are culturally constituted and are central to the politics and aesthetics of world making. Specific cultural settings shape what images should depict, how they are viewed, where they are displayed, how they are valued, which emotions they arouse, and how and where […]

Mediating Piety: A Qur’anic Quarrel in Indonesia
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
April 02, 2015 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Indonesian Muslims have been participating enthusiastically in the global rise of middle class piety. One way to gain insight into contemporary piety is to examine conflicts that might reveal the internal tensions and pressure points to which it is giving rise. Among the more puzzling conflicts for many outside observers to grasp have been those […]

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