Religion Colloquium: "Religious Change: A Systems Approach" Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:30 pm
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Whether from the perspective of insider or outsider, religions are often described as static phenomena. Yet features regarded as traditional have often emerged quickly, and disruptively; obvious examples include Fundamentalism and the doctrine of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. The purpose of the presentation is to apply an analysis of systems to the issue of religious change.
While extremism in South Asia has been a major focus of debate since the 9/11 attacks, in media, academic, and policymaking circles, there remain common misdiagnoses and weak or incomplete explanations about the key drivers of recruitment, radicalization, and violence. This has in turn yielded inadequate policy responses. Fazli will draw from his experiences covering extremism and politics in South Asia for over a decade, to discuss causes and trends of extremist violence in the region, and examine the successes and failures of both state and civil society efforts to address it.
Shehryar Fazli is a Pakistan-based political analyst and author. He is Senior Analyst and Regional Editor, South Asia at The International Crisis Group, and the author of the novel Invitation (2011), which was the runner-up for the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival's first book award.
Sponsored by: Global and International Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Religion Program.
The Authorial "I" Is Always a Fiction ... Except When It Isn't
Paul Strohm, Columbia University and Queen Mary, University of London
Thursday, September 22, 2016 5 pm
Olin, Room 204 What is to be made of the poet’s and fiction writer’s invented “I” and the potentially bogus details in which it is arrayed? With respect to matters of biographical truth, the normal and sensible answer is normally: nothing at all. Yet the pre-modern literary biographer—limited by a paucity of available material—can hardly afford to neglect this tantalizing source of potential life-evidence. Author of a recent Chaucer biography, Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury (2014), Paul Strohm will speak about the interpretative temptations posed by the author’s elusive “I.” He will pursue this question in writings by Chaucer, and, more briefly, in contemporary instances from gangsta rap and the “non-fiction novels” of Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Paul Strohm is the author of Social Chaucer (Harvard, 1989,1994); Hochon's Arrow: The Social Imagination of Fourteenth-Century Texts (Princeton, 1992); England's Empty Throne: Usurpation and Textual Legitimation, 1399-1422 (Yale UK, 1998); Theory and the Premodern Text (Minnesota, 2000); Politique: Languages of Statecraft Between Chaucer and Shakespeare (Notre Dame, 2005); and Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury (Viking, 2014). He has been J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and Garbedian Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. He is currently Honorary Research Professor at Queen Mary, University of London.Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program; Literature Program; Medieval Studies Program; Written Arts Program.
How does anthropological thinking help us make sense of the recent Black Lives Matter movement? How have anthropologists spoken about this movement as part of their research or as engaged citizens? What kinds of new questions does BLM raise about the politics of race and protest movements in on and offline worlds? In this panel, both faculty and students from the anthropology program will speak briefly about their interpretations and questions that relate to the Black Lives Matter movement to generate a broader conversation in dialogue with anthropological perspectives.