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 July 23, 2016  Tagged with: ,

Russia-Mellon11-11Robert G. Morrison, professor and chair of the religion department at Bowdoin College, will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Prof. Morrison came to Bowdoin College since 2008.  He teaches courses in the academic study of both Islam and Judaism, but address, in addition, comparative topics. Prof. Morrison’s research has focused on the role of science in Islamic and Jewish texts, as well as in the history of Islamic science.  He has contributed the chapters on Islamic astronomy to the New Cambridge History of Islam and the Cambridge History of Science.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

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Prof. Ousame Kane will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.  He is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair on Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University.

Prof. Kane studies the history of Islamic religious institutions and organizations since the eighteenth century, and he is engaged in documenting the intellectual history of Islam in Africa.  He has also focused on the phenomenon of Muslim globalization. His book Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America (Oxford University Press, 2010) looks at the community of Senegalese immigrants to the United States in New York and the importance these immigrants assign to their religious communities for the organization of their lives.  His other books include Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria (Brill, 2003) and Timbuktu and Beyond: Rethinking African Intellectual History, forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He has published articles in the Harvard International Review, Politique étrangère, Afrique contemporaine, African Journal of International Affairs, Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, and Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara.

Monday, March 27, 2017

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

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 July 21, 2016  Tagged with: ,

Dr. James McDougall, Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at the University of Oxford, will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Dr. McDougall’s current research is divided between two projects:

  • One concerns “the everyday life of colonialism” and the after-effects of empire in France and Africa; he holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for this project (2014-17);
  • The other focuses on the global history of Islam since the eighteenth century.

Dr. McDougall is also interested in historical methodology, the intersections of history and critical theory, and comparative historiography. He is the Academic Director of the University’s Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Historiography, which brings distinguished historians to Trinity College, Oxford, each year for a program of lectures and workshops.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

 

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 July 20, 2016  Tagged with: ,

RPLI
The next meeting of the Muslim Diasporas Working Group of Religions and Public Life at KIE will be on Friday, January 27 at 11:30AM, featuring a seminar by Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History: “The Philanthropic Nation – Solidarity and The Middle Classes in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Contact David Steinbrenner for a copy of the paper and to RSVP for lunch.

Adam Mestyan is an historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism – The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017) presents a new story and theory about the birth of nationalism in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. Previously, he taught at Oxford University and held fellowships at Harvard University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He was also elected in 2016 as a Freigeist Fellow by the Volkswagen Foundation for his new project “Modern Arab Kingship.” He also supervises a digital humanities project: Jara’id – A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic.

Friday, January 20
11:30am-1:00pm
101 West Duke Building,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room

Apr 162016
 
 April 16, 2016

winters
Join us for the first meeting in the Religions & Politics seminar series. Joseph Winters, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies, will be presenting a working paper for discussion: “The Gift of (Black) Death and the Limits of Recognition.”

Email Amber Dí­az Pearson for a copy of the paper.

Dr. Winters’ research is concerned with troubling and expanding our understanding of black religiosity and black piety by drawing on resources from Af-Am literature, philosophy, and critical theory. He teaches and writes about religion and hip hop, religion, race, and film, critical approaches to religious studies, and the general connections between black studies and critical theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a BA from Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 16
1:00-2:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room,
101 West Duke Building
(East Campus)

Parking: East Campus visitor parking is limited. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

Apr 122016
 
 April 12, 2016

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This digital humanities workshop brings together historians, librarians, literary scholars, and IT experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US in order to discuss the 2.0 update and redesign of Jara’id – Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Arabic Periodicals. Jara’id is a digital platform and website which attracted experts from all over the world in the last five years and now it is time to extend and elevate the project to a next level. The program includes a talk in (Arabic) Digital Humanities and a master class seminar with invited experts on the historian’s use of early Arabic journals aimed at interested Duke/UNC/NCSU graduate students. Finally we finish with a book talk by Prof. Hala Auji (AUB) on book history with a focus on her recently published Printing Arab Modernity, 2016.

View the full program on the Jara’id 2.0 website.

Jara’id 2.0 Workshop
Saturday, 12 November 2016
9:00am-2:00pm
Rubenstein Library, 249

Supported by Duke History Department, Duke University Library, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, Center for International and Global Studies, Religions & Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, and Adam Mestyan.

Apr 032016
 
 April 3, 2016

PeterWehnerThumbCurious about the role of religion and politics in the 2016 presidential election cycle? Interested in becoming a government speechwriter or political commentator? Join a lunchtime conversation with political commentator and former speechwriter Pete Wehner.

Wehner is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who has served in the last three Republican administrations. In 2001, he was named deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. He later served as director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he reached out to prominent thinkers and advised the White House on a range of domestic and international issues. A senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, he has been affiliated with several leading research organizations. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio and has written widely on political, cultural, religious and national security issues.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 3
1:00-2:00pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101

Mar 212016
 
 March 21, 2016

symposiumA symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America—whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia, Druze), Jewish, Christian, or secular—in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly remote regions and cultures, with attention to allegiances forged across the Global South. We particularly examine the articulation of a radical politics across different political, cultural, and historical contexts: liberation theologies, feminism, decolonization, Marxism, and socialism. We pay special attention to the expression of these ideologies through not just political movements, but also art, music, media, film, literature, and poetry.

Friday, October 21
9:30am-5:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall,
240 John Hope Franklin Center

Download the full schedule as a PDF.

SPONSORS: Humanities Futures at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for International Studies, Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Global Brazil Lab

Mar 202016
 
 March 20, 2016

SoS
Graduate students with an interest in religions-and-society-related issues are invited to attend the next meeting of the 2016-2017 Religions and Public Life Society of Scholars. Sam Bagg, Political Science, will be presenting his dissertation chapter, “Equal Agency and the Search for the Subject.” RSVP required via the Google form.

His dissertation provides a new way of thinking about the value of pluralistic liberal democracies. In this chapter, he sets the stage for that broader project by arguing 1) that an ideal of “equal agency” lies at the center of much contemporary political thought, and 2) that this ideal invites us to embark on a seductive yet ultimately chimerical quest to find out what individual subjects really want. This chapter thus motivates the alternative that he provides in the rest of his dissertation.

Non-member graduate students and postdocs are invited to this meeting as a chance to meet peers with similar research interests and learn about their work. For more information, contact David Steinbrenner.

Thursday, October 20
Rm 107F West Duke Bldg, East Campus
7:30-8:30PM

Mar 042016
 
 March 4, 2016

election2016
Join DIRA & YOUnite for a Watch Party for the Vice Presidential debate on October 4 at the Devil’s Krafthouse. Because both Tim Kaine and Mike Pence regularly cite their faith on the campaign trail as the foundation of their political and ethical views, Professor Mark Chaves (Sociology, Divinity School, & Religious Studies) will start the evening by discussing the role of religion in American politics. After the talk, we’ll settle in for a fun debate watch party in the heart of Duke’s new West Union — open to everyone and with free food for all! Students, faculty, families, and staff all welcome.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

Tuesday, October 4
Devil’s Krafthouse (West Union Building, West Campus)
Talk by Mark Chaves: 8:30PM
Debate: 9:00PM

Organizers: DIRA & YOUnite
Lead sponsor: The Religions & Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Co-sponsors: POLIS, Duke Political Science Department, American Grand Strategy, Alexander Hamilton Society, Duke College Republicans, Duke Democrats, Duke Political Union, Duke Political Review