March 26th, 2013

Credulity: Enchantment and Modernity in the 19th-Century U.S.

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The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University is co-sponsoring a conference later this week on “credulity.”

December 6th, 2012

Upcoming talks by Robert Bellah

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Robert Bellah, the eminent American sociologist whose latest book, Religion in Human Evolution, was the subject of a recent discussion series on this blog, will be delivering two talks in the coming week.

December 6th, 2012

Conference on René Girard and international relations

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On May 23-24, 2013, the University of Central Lancashire will convene a conference on “Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring René Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies.”

May 31st, 2012

Conference: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

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From Thursday, June 14th, to Sunday, June 17th, the Philosophy Department at Ryerson University will host Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion, featuring speakers John Caputo, Bettina Bergo, Morny Joy, Nikolas Kompridis, Ron Kuipers, and Robert Sinnerbrink.

April 25th, 2012

Book launch: Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

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On Tuesday, May 1, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs will host the launch of Rethinking Religion and World Affairs, featuring a panel discussion with the volume’s editors, Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft, and three of its contributors, Michael Barnett, Thomas Farr, and Katherine Marshall.

April 17th, 2012

Why religious studies?

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On April 18th, Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life will host Nathan Schneider for a talk on “Why the World Needs Religious Studies (and Why Religious Studies Needs the World).”

March 28th, 2012

Durkheim and belief

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This Friday, March 30, at 12:30pm, the Committee for the Study of Religion at the City University of New York Graduate Center is hosting a lecture by Steven Lukes with the title “Is Durkheim’s Understanding of Religion Compatible with Believing?” The lecture marks the centenary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s classical work, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

March 15th, 2012

Syposium on Derrida and religion

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“Of Miracles and Machines: A Symposium on Derrida and Religion” will take place Thursday, March 22, at Fordham University, New York, NY.

January 17th, 2012

Conference: Reworking Political Concepts

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On Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University will host Reworking Political Concepts II: A Lexicon in Formation, featuring presentations by Gil Anidjar, Susan Buck-Morss, Stathis Gourgouris, Jacques Lezra, and Uday Mehta, among others.

November 9th, 2011

Gary Shteyngart: Rewiring the Real, at Columbia University

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Tomorrow evening, at Columbia University’s Rennert Hall, Kraft Center for Jewish Life, author Gary Shteyngart will engage in a conversation with McKenzie Wark, professor of media and cultural studies at The New School, as part of Rewiring the Real, a yearlong series of conversations with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion, organized by Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.