Advancing creative and critical scholarship on religion in the world

Events / Archive: Upcoming Event

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide
Co-sponsored Event
November 16, 2017 / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
To Be Determined, Berkeley CA

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups […]

Abbess as Alter Christus: Delineating Female Sanctity in Spain and Spanish America
Co-sponsored Event
October 12, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fiora Lamson Hewitt Library, Berkeley CA

Cristina Cruz González, Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University

Art history has approached female monastic culture in New Spain through the lens of crowned-nun portraiture, a late colonial genre that reaffirmed a nun’s position as a mystical Bride of Christ. This has led to scholarly neglect of female imitatio Christi and the ecclesiastical pretense exhibited by several early modern holy women in Spain and […]

Myths and Manuscripts: Rethinking the Place of Timbuktu in the Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa
Co-sponsored Event
September 12, 2017 / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
223 Moses Hall, Berkeley CA

Bruce Hall, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

“The Malian town of Timbuktu is widely understood as the epicenter of Muslim intellectual history in West Africa. The ever-expanding numbers of Arabic manuscripts which are claimed as extant in Timbuktu has only further cemented the idea of the town as the font of a late-medieval high intellectual culture which rivaled other famous Muslim intellectual […]