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Conversation - Seminar with Vicki Spencer: Toleration in Comparative Perspective - After Christchurch
Co-sponsored Event
April 16, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

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 […]

Co-sponsored Event
April 09, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UC Berkeley, Berkeley

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
Co-sponsored Event
April 05, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA

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 […]

Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom
Co-sponsored Event
March 04, 2019 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Daniel Hershenzon, Associate Professor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut

This talk explores the entangled experience of Muslim and Christian captives and by extension the connected histories of the Spanish Empire, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers in the 17th-century. It argues that piracy, captivity, and redemption shaped the Mediterranean as an integrated region—at the social, political, and economic levels. The history that emerges of the captivities of […]

Dealing With Infinity: Art and the Transformation of the Symbolic Order
BCSR Colloquium
March 01, 2019 - March 02, 2019 / 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

This is a multi-day, interdisciplinary workshop. Presentations on Friday, March 1st will run from 10:00am-4:30pm., and from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, March 2nd. A genealogy of the historical forms of imagination or of attentiveness in literature and the other arts traces these forms back to epistemological realms that predate aesthetic experience: to the medieval formation of […]

Writing Freedom - and Its Constraints
Co-sponsored Event
February 28, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Maggie Nelson, Professor of English, University of Southern California

Maggie Nelson, the 2018-19 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley faculty member Nadia Ellis (English). A 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Nelson is professor of English at the University of Southern California. A poet, critic, and nonfiction writer, she is the author of The Argonauts, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her […]

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