Being Human (Summer) Institute Fellows in Conversation with Rebecca Comay
The Being Human (Summer) Institute for early career scholars met virtually in October to discuss the essay "Deadlines (literally)" by Rebecca Comay. You can find some of their reflections here, with a response by Comay forthcoming.Read more.
Teaching Religion in Public: Scripture Series
stay tuned for next semester
The Scripture series explored the pedagogical stakes of canonization and reverence. We met five times and hosted two guest speakers: Peimin Ni and Rebecca Schorsch.
Proposals for a Fall theme for the series are due by Friday, May 21.
Church State Corporation
The journal Political Theology hosts an online symposium on CRH Co-Director Winnifred Fallers Sullivan's newest book Church State Corporation (University of Chicago Press, 2020).
The sympsium features an introduction by Vincent Lloyd and essays by Yael Almog (read here), Spencer Dew (read here), Joshua Mauldin (read here), and Méadhbh McIvor (read here), followed by Sullivan's response (read here).Read the essays.
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson in conversation with J. Kameron Carter
From Wednesday, March 24
Please enjoy our recording of this event!
J. Kameron Carter hosted a conversation with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, author of Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (NYU Press, 2020).Watch it now.
Scholar of Black religion named co-director of Center for Religion and the Human
J. Kameron Carter
J. Kameron Carter, professor of religious studies at Indiana University Bloomington, has been appointed as co-director of the Center for Religion and the Human.
"Recently, the center has taken up challenges of earth, social, and political justice by attending to race and anti-Black violence," Sullivan said. "A focus on Black religion will enhance our capacity for rethinking the human, rethinking justice, and ultimately rethinking the world otherwise."Read more.
Dabru Emet: 20 Years Later
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ICJS partners with our journal American Religion to present this 20th anniversary forum welcoming scholars and thinkers from around the world and across disciplines to revisit Dabru Emet (“Speak Truth”), to engage in critique as well as commemoration; historical reflection as well as reframing; rigorous inquiry as well as creative imaginings.Learn more.
Watch the virtual roundtable: "Is Islam American Religion?"
FROM Thursday, October 15
Why is American Islam is so rarely framed as an “American religion” in the field of religious studies? Can Islam be “American religion”? What would it mean to say so and work in light of this understanding? Enjoy our recording of this exciting virtual roundtable. Closed captioning provided.Watch it here.
Enjoy our recording of the Iris Book Award!
from Saturday, September 26
The Center for Religion & the Human presents the Iris Book Award: Prize Ceremony, Reading, and Discussion with author David George Haskell, and guest speakers Kocku von Stuckrad and David Abram, moderated by Lisa Sideris. Funded by a grant from the Luce Foundation.Watch it here.
Cooper Harriss receives IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Award
Religion and Literature Workshops to be held in 2021
“R&L” is a series of workshops that bring together scholars working at the nexus of religion and literature in a wide range of literary and religious traditions in a variety of historical and geographical contexts: from contemporary poetics of the Black Sacred to those underlying Chinese Confucianism, from colonial Latin America to medieval Europe and Japan, from poetry, plays, and novels to picture books.Learn more.
The first volume in our book series is now online!
Theologies of American Exceptionalism is a collection of fifteen interlocking essays reflecting on the vagaries of exceptionalist claims in and about the United States. Loosely and generatively curious, these essays bring together a range of historical and contemporary voices, some familiar and some less so, to stimulate new thought about America. A print version of this volume will be available in summer 2020.Access it here!
Welcoming our first Postdoctoral Fellow
The Center for Religion and the Human is excited to welcome its first postdoctoral fellow to Bloomington this fall. Evander Price received his PhD in American Studies from Harvard University in 2019, with expertise in American Literature and American Art History, and with a particular fascination with time, end-times, future time, and the normative implications of the various temporalities we inhabit.Learn more.
Engaging Religion: Essays and Teaching Modules on Teaching Religion in Public
Religion and Relationality: Insights from Indigenous Studies
A digital conversation with Paul Gareau (University of Alberta) and Jeanine LeBlanc (University of Alberta)
Race and Blackness in Early Islamic Thought
A teaching module by Rachel Schine (University of Colorado, Boulder).