CURA Events


Upcoming Events

Monday, April 11

4:00 PM | Governing the Family through Religion in Post-Kemalist Turkey
Hikmet Kocamaner, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Cultural Anthropologist
Brandeis University
121 Bay State Rd.
Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations

Thurday, April 14
4:00 PM | Pentacostalism and the African Spirit World: Continuity or Discontinuity?
Allan Anderson, Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies, University of Birmingham
School of Theology, B23-24
CURA Co-Sponsorship

Monday, April 25
6:00 PM | Muslim-American-Fashion: Modesty, Identity, and Public Perception
GSU Metcalf Hall
775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor
CURA Co-Sponsorship


Past Events 

Friday, January 29

5:00 PM | Battling over God’s Word: Indonesian Muslim Feminists Now
Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest College
121 Bay State Road

Monday, February 8

5:00 PM | Dreaming of the Inevitable: How money, morals and destiny come together when young Egyptians search for love and marriage

Samuli Schielke, Research Fellow Zentrum Moderner Orient
232 Bay State Road Seminar Room PLS 102
Muslim Youth Series

Monday, February 22

5:00 PM | Muslim Youth Politics and Competing Assertions of Muslim Masculinity in Urban Mali
Dorothea E. Schulz, Professor of Cultural & Social Anthropology
University of Cologne
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor
Muslim Youth Series

Monday, February 29

5:00 PM | The Isis Bandwagon: Why Domestic Terror Groups Pledge Loyalty to Isis
Joel Day, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Security Studies & Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Lowell
121 Bay State Road

Thursday, March 17

5:00 PM | Can We Be Both Modern and Virtuous?
James Laidlaw, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Pardee-CURA Lecture in Religion, Ethics, and Modernity
121 Bay State Road



Past Events – Fall 2015

Tuesday, September 22
5:00 PM | Religions, Peace and Conflict: The Contributions of Interreligious Dialogue
121 Bay State Rd. Dean’s Conference Room (1st Floor)

Thursday, October 15
4:00 PM | Religious Zionism between Extremism and Dialogue
Shlomo Fischer PhD, School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
121 Bay State Rd. 1st Floor

Thursday, October 15
7:00 PM | Why Hasn’t Religion Died Out?
Peter Berger & Ross Douthat
Co-sponsored with the Veritas Forum and the Templeton Foundation
Program Information

Tuesday, October 20

4:00 PM | Indonesia: Democracy and Tolerance in Indonesia
Alissa WahidNational Head ∙ Gusdurian Network Indonesia
154 Bay State Road Eilts Room

Wednesday, October 21
5:00 PM  | What is the Matter with Transcendence? Finding a Place for Religion in the New Anthropology and Sociology of Ethics
Joel Robbins, Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Fifth Annual Peter L. Berger Lecture in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
121 Bay State Rd. Dean’s Conference Room 1st Floor

Thursday, October 29
5:00 PM | Connections that Matter: Youth, Class, and Social Capital in Urban Egypt
Farhan Ghannan, Professor of Anthropology, Swarthmore College
Muslim Youth Series
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor

Monday, November 2
5:00 PM | Frontiers of Fear
Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia on The Refugee Crisis in the EU and its Implications
Thomas Volk on Islam and Muslim Life in Germany: Current Developments and Future Challenges
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor

Monday, November 9

12:15 PM | Asian Women in Public Life
film screening and discussion with Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
121 Bay State Road

Monday, November 16
12:00 PM | The Moral Case for Saving the Planet
International Education Week

Tuesday, November 17

5:00 PM  | Diasporic Imaginations: The Political Mobilization of the Syrian-Lebanese Community in Brazil and the Syrian Civil War
Paulo Pinto, Professor of Anthropology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
121 Bay State Road

Monday, December 7

5:00 PM | The End of Dating: Romance and Courtship among Muslim Javanese Youth
Nancy J. Smith Hefner, Department of Anthropology, Boston University
Muslim Youth Series

Past Events – Spring 2015

Friday, February 13
4:00 PM  |  Multiculturalism in India: An Exception?
Dr. Rochana Bajpai, Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London
121 Bay State Road, Pardee School Conference Room (1st Floor)

Friday, February 20
12:00 PM  |  Religion and the State: Cooperation and Conflict in Russia and China
Karrie J. Koesel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oregon

Monday, February 23
4:00 PM  |  Marriage to Minor Girls: Intercourse, desire, and the female body in Islamic Law
Saadia Yacoob, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, William College

Tuesday, February 24
4:00 PM  | Jesuit Encounters with the Religious “Other” and the Formation of a Global System of Religious Pluralism
Jose Casanova will give the Fourth Annual Peter L. Berger Lecture in the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
School of Theology B19, 745 Commonwealth Ave.

Monday, March 16
4:00 PM  | Crones, Slaves, and the Caliph’s Daughter: The Complexities of Gender in the Pre-modern Muslim Legal Texts
Marion Holmes Katz, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Monday, March 30
4:00 PM | The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East
Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH
Professor of Anthropology and International Relations at the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University
121 Bay State Rd. Pardee School Conference Room (1st Floor)

Monday, April 6
4:00 PM | Pious Fashion: Women’s Ethical Negotiations of Aesthetic Authorities in Tehran
Elizabeth M. Bucar
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northeastern University
121 Bay State Rd. Pardee School Conference Room (1st Floor)

Friday, April 10
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  | The Two Pluralisms: Toward a Paradigm on Modernity & Religion
Sargent 101, 635 Commonwealth Ave.

Tuesday, April 21 – Thursday, April 23
Religious Change and Gender Relations in Southeast Asia: What the Policy Community Needs to Know
Conference on International Research with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies
Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC
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