Jan 10, 2014 · 9:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
Organized by Michael Cook, Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Feb 6, 2014 · 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. · 5 Ivy Lane
Feb 7, 2014 · 12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. · 5 Ivy Lane
Are you interested in how new technologies impact the study of religion?
This workshop is intended for graduate students and other scholars at Princeton University and nearby institutions. Includes lunch, presentations on the use of digital technologies in the study of religion, and discussion. Contact email@example.com to participate as a presenter or an auditor.
Feb 11, 2014 · 12:15 p.m.– 1:15 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Bowl 015
A Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion with Joshua Dubler, Assistant Professor of Religion at University of Rochester
This event is limited to Princeton University students and faculty. Lunch is provided. Space is limited. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 27, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Room 137, 1879 Hall, Dept. of Religion
BSW Lecture by Phyllis Granoff, Yale University
Both Jains and Buddhists praised the incomparable beauty of the Jina or Buddha and both described the first images of the Jina/Buddha as portraits, true likenesses of their subject. The image of the Buddha would change radically over time; originally depicted as a monk, the Buddha would come to wear a crown and elaborate jewelry. The Jina image would effectively undergo the same change; it would be covered with jewels and flowers during worship. Modern scholars have speculated about the meaning of crowned Buddha images, with little consensus as to their appropriate interpretation. We are fortunate in having a late medieval Jain text that in its defense of the practice of adorning images offers us some insight into how a 17th century monk viewed images of the Jina and the rituals that so radically transformed their appearance.
Feb 28, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Room 137, 1879 Hall, Dept. of Religion
BSW Lecture by Koichi Shinohara, Yale University
The ritual of image consecration or installation (pratiṣṭhā), sometimes called the "eye opening" ceremony, appears frequently in discussions of Buddhist and other Asian images. The history of this practice is complex. Examples are known from different periods in many cultures and religious traditions. In this presentation I hope to explore one aspect of this many-sided history by looking closely at one Esoteric Buddhist ritual manual for image consecration preserved in Chinese translation, dated to the end of the tenth or the beginning of the eleventh century. As a translation this Chinese text presumably was based on an Indian original.
The Modern Spirit of Asia: A PIIRS Symposium on Peter van der Veer's The Secular and Spiritual in China and India
Mar 2, 2014 · 1:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Aaron Burr Hall 219
Responses from Richard Madsen (U/C San Diego), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Jason Ananda Josephson (Williams College).
Co-sponsored with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Mar 6, 2014 · 9:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
Organized by Mirjam Kuenkler, Near Eastern Studies
Mar 7, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
Conference organized by Judith Weisenfeld, Department of Religion
Mar 11, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Room 137, 1879 Hall, Dept. of Religion
Mar 23, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
An Interdisciplinary Conference at Princeton University
Conference Co-Organizers: Mika Ahuvia and Alex Kocar, Department of Religion
Faculty Sponsor: Moulie Vidas, Department of Religion
This conference will bring together faculty and advanced graduate students from Religion, Classics, History, Near Eastern Studies, and Archaeology to engage with a central methodological question: what difference does “place” make in how we interpret ancient texts?
Mar 27, 2014 · 12:15 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Bowl 015
A Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion with Conrad Hackett, Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Mar 27, 2014 · 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. · 5 Ivy Lane
Apr 10, 2014 · 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. · 5 Ivy Lane
Apr 23, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
The Doll Lecture on Religion and Money by Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University, and Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School
Apr 29, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · TBA
Co-sponsored with the Center of Theological Inquiry, as part of the 2013-2014 Inquiry on Religious Experience and Moral Identity.