Department of Religious Studies

Beyond Binaries: Toward a Continuum Model of Religious Normativity

Fri, March 22, 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Professor David Brakke
Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity at The Ohio State University

Professor Kevin Trainor
Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont

March 22-24, 2013



Conference Schedule

Friday, March 22nd  (SAC Legislative Assembly Room)

 7:00-8:00 pm First Keynote Adress
Dr. David Brakke (The Ohio State University, History). “Beyond Orthodoxy vs. Heresy . . . But Not Totally: Alternative Visions of Early Christianity.”

8:00-9:00pm Opening Reception in SAC 3.112 and 3.116
Saturday, March 23rd(SAC Legislative Assembly Room)
10:30am-12:00pm Session 1—Individuals
Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley (Northwestern University, Religious Studies).  “In and Of the World: Elizabeth of Hungary and Monastic Spirituality.”
Takashi Miura (Princeton, Religion).  “Neither Folk nor Elite: The ‘Farmer Philosopher’ Kanno Hachirō in Nineteenth-Century Japan.”
Shehnaz Haqqani (University of Texas, Middle Eastern Studies).  “Muslim Televangelism and the Construction of Religious Authority in the Modern Muslim World: The Case of Zakir Naik.”
Christian Michael Current (University of Texas, Asian Studies) Responding
12:00pm-1:30pm Break for Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Session 2—Communities
Kayla Kauffman (University of Virginia, Religious Studies).  “Christian Complicity: Combating the Devil in West Africa.”
Brian Clearwater (University of California Santa Barbara, Religious Studies). “Contesting Orthodoxy in an Urban-Multiracial American Indian Religious Network.”
Ahmad Najib Burhani (University of California Santa Barbara, Religious Studies). “The Victim of the Orthodoxy-Heterodoxy Binary: The Case of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia.” 
Katharine Batlan (University of Texas, Religious Studies) Responding
3:00pm-3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15pm-4:45pm Session 3—Experience
Justine Greve (University of Kansas, American Studies).  “Fingers to Fight: Beyond the ‘Folk Theology’ of Christian Mixed Martial Arts.”
Aaron Delgaty (University of Texas, Asian Studies).  “Zen Temples and Emotional Crisis.”
Michael Amoruso (University of Texas, Religious Studies) Responding
4:45pm-5:00pm Coffee Break
5:00pm-6:00pm Second Keynote Address
Dr. Kevin Trainor (University of Vermont, Religion).  “The ‘Missing’ Cave of the Buddha’s Midday Rest: Strategies of Authenticity at a Sri Lankan Pilgrimage Site.”
6:30pm Dinner at the Claypit
Sunday, March 24th  (Al Kiva Room)
9:00am-10:30am Session 4—Material Culture
Rebekah Junkermeier (Harvard Divinity School). “A Fourth-Century CE Apotropaic Graffito in the Catacomb of Sant’ Agnese (Rome, Italy).”
Elena Kravchenko (University of Texas, Religious Studies).  “Making the Secular Sacred: Icon Veneration in a Church and a Museum.”
Matthew D. Milligan (University of Texas, Asian Studies), “Religious Titles for ‘Ascetics’ and ‘Monks’ in Early Indian Buddhist Epigraphy.”
Justin Michael Doran (University of Texas, Religious Studies) Responding
10:30am-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am-12:15pm Session 5—Constructing Continua
Sara Ronis (Yale, Religious Studies).  “‘Joseph the Demon Told Me’: Constructing the Demonic in the Babylonian Talmud.”
Henry M. Huberty (Emory, Religion). “The Shifting Roles of Kings and Prophets in the Biblical Books of Samuel and Kings.” 
Elizabeth Sartell  (University of Chicago, Divinity School). “Adab in Islamic Medical Ethics.”
Ross P. Ponder (University of Texas, Religious Studies) Responding
12:15pm Lunch at Austin’s Pizza

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Sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies, The Graduate School, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, ISAC, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Asian Studies

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