December 5, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
After-Life of Phenomenology Research Workshop Dialogue - Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Donna V. Jones
From Bergson to SenghorA Dialogue Between Souleymane Bachir and Donna Jones This event is generously co-sponsored by The Alice Kaplin Institute for the Humanities, the departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, Performance Studies, French & Italian, English, Radio/Television/Film, History, German, and Communication Studies; the programs in Comparative Literary Studies, Science in Human Culture, and African Studies; and the French Interdisciplinary Group.
October 2, 2013
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
William James in Accra: how spiritual experience is shaped by social life
William James in Accra: how spiritual experience is shaped by social life lecture by Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Standford University “Drawing on fieldwork in new charismatic evangelicals churches in the Bay Area and in Accra, Ghana, this talk explores the way that local theories about mind alter spiritual experience in both its intimate and dramatic forms.”.
May 29, 2013
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Religious Studies Graduate Students Event
Prof. William Cavanaugh, Harvard Devinity School, is giving a talk: "Does Religion Cause Violence?" Everyone knows that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence. This story is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East.....
May 23, 2013
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Birth of Buddhist Studies at Northwestern
THE BIRTH OF BUDDHIST STUDIES AT NORTHWESTERN: A Celebration of Professor George Bond’s Contribution to Buddhist and South Asian Studies Our colleague and friend George Bond will be retiring at the end of this academic year. To honor all the contributions he has made to the department and to the profession, Religious Studies Department is hosting a small conference in his honor on Thursday, May 23rd, Former students who worked with Professor George Bond have been asked to give short presentations and to participate in a roundtable discussion on the current state of Buddhist studies and directions for further work in this area. We look forward very much to honoring George on this momentous occasion. Please r.s.v.p. to email@example.com by Friday, May 17th.
May 22, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
TGS Professional Development Grant: Non-Tenure Track Creer
Non-Tenure Track Creer: Governmental and Non-for- Profit Research A Panel discussion with: Charlotte Cahill, History PhD, Northwestern University, Research & Project Associate, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning; Adjunct Professor, DePaul University Danny Greene, History PhD, University of Chicago, Vice President for Research & Academic Programs, Newberry Library Chris Hayden, History PhD, Northwestern University, Historian, Human Rights & Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice
April 25, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Manfred H. Vogel Lecture in Judaic Studies "The Place of Space in Jewish Cultures"
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Norris Manfred H. Vogel Lecture in Judaic Studies "Makom: The Place of Space in Jewish Cultures" Barbara Mann Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary
April 22, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Magic Ring of Memory and Forgetfulness in South Asian Literature and Folklore
Wendy Doniger Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions and Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, Divinity School The Magic Ring of Memory and Forgetfulness in South Asian Literature and Folklore Why are sex and jewelry so often connected? What is it that connects an anxiety about the authenticity of fake jewelry with an anxiety about the authenticity of fake women, which is to say untrue, unfaithful, promiscuous women? In South Asian stories of rings, men accuse women of unchastity only to have the ring prove that it was the man, in fact, who was unchaste; the ring also validates the woman’s child as the true heir. These stories show us how widespread is the desire to believe that a little thing like a ring can bring justice to the asymmetrical power relations that have controlled female sexuality for most of human history, or the desire to project the responsibility for sexual rejection or betrayal onto an external force like a gold ring.
April 11, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Phenomenology Workshop Speaker- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University
Continuing our series on time and thought in Deleuze, The After-Life of Phenomenology Workshop is pleased to announce a talk by Daniel W. Smith [http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~smith132/] (Purdue, Philosophy) as the first event in the workshop's Spring Speaker Series. The talk, entitled “Deleuze on Time, Truth, and Thought,” will take place this Thursday, April 11th at 4pm. We hope to see you there!Location:Northwestern University,Kresge Hall, 2-301(Spanish and Portuguese Seminar Room)Abstract:Deleuze famously defined philosophy as an activity that consists of the formation or creation of concepts. This paper will examine three intersecting themes that follow from this conception of philosophy. First, concepts are themselves given a temporal character, and the paper will begin by examining Deleuze’s theory of time. Whereas the ancients subordinated time to movement, Kant freed time from its subordination to movement and rendered it autonomous: time is the pure form of change (continuous variation) that becomes a positive principle of the production of the new (passive synthesis). It is this conception of temporality that lies at the basis of the metaphysics that Deleuze formulates in Difference and Repetition (1968), and which lies at the basis of the analytic of concepts developed in What is Philosophy? (1991). Second, this new conception of time puts the traditional concept of truth (“in all times and in all places”) in crisis—not at the level of its content (“truth changes with time”), but rather at the level of its form: the form of time takes the place of the (universal) form of the true. The false is thereby given a power of its own. Finally, we will examine the theory of thought that motivates Deleuze’s conception of philosophy. The fundamental theme of the paper is that, for Deleuze, truth is no longer a timeless universal to be discovered, but a singularity to be created (in time). About the Speaker:Daniel W. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. He is the translator of Gilles Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical and Clinical (with Michael A. Greco), as well as Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle and Isabelle Stenger’s The Invention of Modern Science. His book Essays on Deleuze was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012. This event is free and open to the public. This speaker series is generously sponsored by The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, along with the Departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, French & Italian, Political Science, English, German, and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies
March 15, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Phenomenology Workshop Speaker- Paola Marrati (Johns Hopkins, Philosophy)
Paola Marrati [http://humctr.jhu.edu/bios/paola-marrati/] (Johns Hopkins, Philosophy) will give a talk on her recent work. The event will be held in the Kaplan Seminar Room (Kresge, 2-370) This event is free and open to the public. This speaker series is generously sponsored by The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, along with the Departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, French & Italian, Political Science, English, German, and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies
March 9, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mapping Africana Religions Symposium: Transationalism, Diaspora, and Globalizatio
African Religions Symposium, Day 2 Mapping Africana Religions: Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Globalization (9-11am) Africana Temporalities and Method (1:15-3:15pm) The Present and Future Study of Africana Religions (3:30-5:00pm)
March 8, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Africana Religions Symposium: Theorizing Traditions, Geographies, and Temporalities
Reception and keynote address by Dr. Sylvester Johnson Address by Sylviane Diouf, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
March 7, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
"Religion and the Practice of American Parenting"
Kathryn Lofton, Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Yele University. Her research investigates the inseparability of religion and its cultural constructions and, likewise, the extent to which culture itself is embedded in religious histories. She is currently working on several projects, including a study of sexuality and religion; an analysis of parenting practices in twentieth-century America. This research draws upon the histories and anthropology of religions in the United States to consider broader questions. At Yale, Professor Lofton teaches courses that seek to answer these questions through an interdisciplinary use of history, critical theory, social science classification, and cultural studies.
January 23, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Non-Tenure Track Careers: Library Science, Publishing and Journalism
Non-Tenure Track Careers: Library Science, Publishing and Journalism Panel discussion and reception for graduate students. Speakers at the event: Karen Darling, Philosophy PhD, Northwestern, Senior Editor for Scientific Studies, University of Chicago Press Manya Brachear, Journalism MJ/Religious Studies MA, Columbia University, Chicago Tribune Religion Writer Geoff Morse, MLIS, UW-Madison, Religion Bibliographer and Librarian, Northwestern University Organized by: the Departments of History, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies Supported in part by The Graduate School Professional Development Grant