Spring 2021 REL-R672 course
The Center for Religion & the Human presents its first graduate course: Being Human, taught by Professor Lisa H. Sideris.
David Farrier, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils
Clive Hamilton, Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
Carol Wayne White, Black Lives and Sacred Humanity
Kathryn Yusoff, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None
Paul Wapner, Is Wildness Over?
David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology
Dipesh Chakrabarty, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age
Holly Jean Buck, After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration
Abou Farman, On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience
Celia Deane-Drummond, Theological Ethics through a Multispecies Lens
Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene
Britt Wray, Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction
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.
Theologies: An Online Exhibit of Photography
by Emily Stratton
Emily Stratton's work appears as the cover image of Theologies of American Exceptionalism.
"In my work at large, I consider a city’s visual and material culture to be both reflective and generative of social norms, identities, and conceptions of world (including cosmological) order. In Accra and elsewhere in Ghana, 'America' is abundant."
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.
The Iris Book Award
Nominations due December 15
The Iris Award is an annual prize of $2000 given to an outstanding work at the intersection of science, religion, and technology. Specifically, the prize recognizes scholarship that, in explicit or implicit ways, offers new insights into the meaning and status of the human being in relation to powerful cultural and historical forces emanating from religion/theology, nature, science and/or technology.Learn more.