Past Events

November 14, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
How Theological is Hegel’s Theology?” Hegel’s Lessons for Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Presented by Nicholas Adams, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinsburg
November 14, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ingvild Torsen: After-life of Phenomenology Research Workshop
Ingvild Torsen (University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas) presents "Disinterest and truth. On Heidegger's interpretation of Kant's aesthetics" Location: Crowe 1-140 Abstract: Central to Heidegger’s philosophical treatment of art is the characterization of art as a “happening of truth.” This means that an artwork should be understood as an event that opens up a way of being for an audience. Heidegger’s approach to art, with its emphasis on truth, is often portrayed as a rejection of the tradition of modern aesthetics, and especially this tradition’s emphasis on taste and subjectivity. I claim that such a portrait is a caricature and that analyzing Heidegger’s comments on Kant’s aesthetics brings out a much more nuanced picture of what is at stake with the notions of subjectivity and truth in modern aesthetics, both for Heidegger and for us. Unlike his much more substantial work on the first Critique, Heidegger’s take on Kant’s aesthetics has received little attention. Since Heidegger is known in general to dismiss the subjectivist turn in modern philosophy as a confusion with detrimental consequences, one might expect that in the realm of aesthetics, the target of the critique will be Kant, the author of the seminal text of modern aesthetics, which presents an analogous “subjectivist turn.” However, when Heidegger turns to aesthetics and its history in his lectures on Nietzsche and the will to power as art, Kant is not identified as representing such a “subjectivization.” Instead, Heidegger understands Kant and the third Critique’s notion of disinterestedness in particular as a source of insight, offering an interpretation of Kantian disinterestedness as analogous to his own notion of “letting be.”  
November 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Ethnographies of Religion & Politics: Reflections From the Field
This graduate student roundtable features Nurhaizatul Jamil (Anthropology), Gde Metera (Political Science), Mona Oraby (Political Science), and Ariel Schwartz (Religious Studies) whose geographic specialties include Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, and Egypt. They will discuss the types of questions researchers grapple with in the field and as they conceptualize their larger projects. Graduate students and faculty working in these areas and with an interest in the ethnographic study of religion are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Mona Oraby (moraby@u.northwestern.edu) by Friday, October 31.
November 2, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Graduate Conference: "Religion and The Natural Elements"
Through this conference, we aim to cultivate new ways of thinking about religion and the natural world. We focus on religion’s intersections with aspects of nature, from theenvironment, climate, flora, and fauna, to human interactions with the natural, in the form of spirits, gods and goddesses, and miracles. This conference will explore the relationships among ecosystems, religious practice, and religious thought.
November 1, 2014
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Graduate Conference: "Religion and The Natural Elements"
Through this conference, we aim to cultivate new ways of thinking about religion and the natural world. We focus on religion’s intersections with aspects of nature, from theenvironment, climate, flora, and fauna, to human interactions with the natural, in the form of spirits, gods and goddesses, and miracles. This conference will explore the relationships among ecosystems, religious practice, and religious thought.
November 1, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Graduate Conference: "Religion and The Natural Elements"
Through this conference, we aim to cultivate new ways of thinking about religion and the natural world. We focus on religion’s intersections with aspects of nature, from theenvironment, climate, flora, and fauna, to human interactions with the natural, in the form of spirits, gods and goddesses, and miracles. This conference will explore the relationships among ecosystems, religious practice, and religious thought.
October 30, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Religion, Law and Politics Speaker Series - Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
Title: “Spiritual Governance: The Chaplain as Priest of the Secular” Department of Political Science EDGS 2014-15 Speaker Series Organizer: Elizabeth Shakman HurdSponsor: Equality, Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) ProgramCo-sponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Student Workshop in Religion & Global Politics Location: Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm/lunch included Description:The series will bring together seven distinguished scholars with Northwestern faculty, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the interaction of law, religion, culture and politics in social, historical, political and legal contexts. Serving as a forum for reflection on theoretical, methodological, and critical issues in law and society, religion and diversity, and culture and politics in the US and globally, the series will traverse disciplinary boundaries to explore these questions drawing on insights from political science, law, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. The series will complement and contribute to discussions, teaching, and institution building in this field at Northwestern, including the Religion & Global Politics Certificate Program, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Robert Orsi’s graduate seminar “Religion and Modernity” (Winter 2015), and the Graduate Student Workshop on Religion & Global Politics led by Mona Oraby and Ariel Schwartz. Professor Alessandro Ferrari will be visiting Northwestern in fall 2014 as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, and Professor Vanja Savic will be in residence in the fall and winter quarters, also affiliated with BCICS.
October 16, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Religion, Law and Politics Speaker Series - Alessandro Ferrari
Title: “The Politics of Religious Freedom in the Mediterranean: Between Arab Spring and European Autumn?” Department of Political Science EDGS 2014-15 Speaker Series Organizer: Elizabeth Shakman HurdSponsor: Equality, Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) ProgramCo-sponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Student Workshop in Religion & Global Politics Location: Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm/lunch included Description:The series will bring together seven distinguished scholars with Northwestern faculty, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the interaction of law, religion, culture and politics in social, historical, political and legal contexts. Serving as a forum for reflection on theoretical, methodological, and critical issues in law and society, religion and diversity, and culture and politics in the US and globally, the series will traverse disciplinary boundaries to explore these questions drawing on insights from political science, law, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. The series will complement and contribute to discussions, teaching, and institution building in this field at Northwestern, including the Religion & Global Politics Certificate Program, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Robert Orsi’s graduate seminar “Religion and Modernity” (Winter 2015), and the Graduate Student Workshop on Religion & Global Politics led by Mona Oraby and Ariel Schwartz. Professor Alessandro Ferrari will be visiting Northwestern in fall 2014 as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, and Professor Vanja Savic will be in residence in the fall and winter quarters, also affiliated with BCICS.
October 15, 2014
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
What Are We up to When We Pray? An Ethnography of a Group of Muslim Women in Iran
Lecture by Niloofar Haeri, Professor and Chair, Department of AnthropologyJohns Hopkins University
May 22, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Phenomenology Workshop: Julia Ireland - Whitman College
On Thursday May 22nd, Julia Ireland (Philosophy, Whitman College) will present a talk entitled "Naming Physis and the 'Inner Truth of National Socialism': A New Archival Discovery" for the After-life of Phenomenology Workshop. The talk will be held from 4:00-6:00pm in Kresge 2-500 (the German Seminar Room).   Abstract: With the recent publication of Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte (Black Notebooks), the precise nature of Heidegger’s politics and its relationship to his philosophy is once again under debate. Julia Ireland will present a different way to understand and contextualize that debate in her presentation of Heidegger’s first reference to the “inner truth of National Socialism” in the “Germania” and “The Rhine” lecture course, which predates and provides the interpretive context for Heidegger’s use of this same phrase five months later in Introduction into Metaphysics. What is unusual about Ireland’s approach is its philological reconstruction of Heidegger’s manuscript page, which progresses as a series of insertions that are both a commentary on Heidegger’s interpretation of Nature in Hölderlin and a rejection of Nazi ideology as this specifically concerns what was termed the “new science.” (She will be projecting and working through the manuscript page at her talk.) Ireland’s thesis is that Heidegger understands the “inner truth of National Socialism” as a fu/siv-event. In addition to supplying a paradigm for what a complicated reading of the Schwarze Hefte would entail, Ireland’s analysis includes a fascinating archival story about an editorial error, the cleaning up of Heidegger’s typescript for the “Germania” and “The Rhine” course, and the generation of independent manuscript copies by Heidegger’s most important and unknown war-time lover.
May 17, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Imagining the Public in Colonial India?
Event is sponsored by Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (BCICS), Center for Historical Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Asian Studies, Critical Theory, English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies For more information and schedule view our website at http://sites.northwestern.edu/imaginingthepublic/ or contact Professor Ingram at brannon.ingram@northwestern.edu.  
May 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Imagining the Public in Colonial India?
Event is sponsored by Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (BCICS), Center for Historical Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Asian Studies, History, Religious Studies. For more information and schedule view our website at http://sites.northwestern.edu/imaginingthepublic/ or contact Professor Ingram at brannon.ingram@northwestern.edu.
May 13, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
“Critical Caretaking: Reimagining Religion, Nationalism, and Justice from the Israeli Margins”
Atalia Omer, Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame Atalia Omer is Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her research interests include the theoretical study of the interrelation between religion and nationalism, religion and conflict analysis, and peacebuilding; the role of national / religious / ethnic diasporas in the dynamics of conflict transformation and peace; multiculturalism as a framework for conflict transformation and as a theory of justice; the role of subaltern narratives in reimagining questions of peace and justice; religion and solidarity activism in the diaspora; and the symbolic appropriation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in other zones of conflict. Her first book When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice (University of Chicago Press: 2013) examines the way the Israeli peace camp addresses interrelationships among religion, ethnicity, and nationality and how it interprets justice vis-a-vis the Palestinian conflict. Omer is also a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). This event is made possible through the generous support of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, the Buffett Center's Sams Family Middle East Studies Fund, The Graduate School Catalyst Grant, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Religious Studies. For more information about the event contact Mona Oraby at monaoraby2015@u.northwestern.edu.
May 7, 2014
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
“Victor Turner, Anthropology, and Christianity”.
Lecture by Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and the author of The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith (Oxford University Press). Event is by invitation only for Religious Studies faculty and graduate students. Reception following.
May 2, 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Critical Theory in Critical Times, Critical Theory Conference, Professor Jurgen Habermas
Professor Jürgen Habermas, University of Frankfurt Keynote address: "The troubled future of democracy: In and Outside Europe" For more information, please visit: http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/criticaltheory/CriticalTheoryConference.htm Guest Speakers: Amy Allen, Seyla Benhabib, Wendy Brown, Rainer Forst, Nancy Fraser, Rahel Jaeggi, Matthias Lutz---Bachmann, Thomas McCarthy, Christoph Menke, Charles Mills 
April 30, 2014
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
“Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America.”
Lecture by Catherine A. Brekus, Professor of Religions in America and the History of Christianity, The University of Chicago  
April 9, 2014
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Shall We Liberate the Gods?: Materiality and the Problem of Agency in the Study of Religion.
"Shall We Liberate the Gods?: Materiality and the Problem of Agency in the Study of Religion." Presented by Manuel A. Vasquez, Professor of Religions of Latin America and among U.S. Latinos, Method & Theory, Religion & Globalization at University of Florida reception following
March 4, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Torture, Spectacular and Routine: Vengeance and Regulation in Late Ancient Christianity.
Lecture by Elizabeth A. Castelli, Professor of Religion at Barnard College
February 26, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Letting God In To the Public Sphere: On The Dangers of 'Covenant Theology' in Judaism.
Presented by Martin Kavka,  Associate Professor of Religion at Lehigh University, FL   Event is organized by Northwestern Religious Studies Graduate Student Association
February 10, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
After-Life of Phenomenology Research Workshop Speaker - Paul Livingston on Badiou
"Badiou, Critique, and the Phenomonology of the World" 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, and the programs in Comparative Literary Studies and Science in Human Culture.

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