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Events Archive 2015

Religion Seminar, Semester 2, 2015

In semester 2, 2015, the Religion seminar takes the form of a speaker series. All seminars meet at 1pm in room 4C11 in the Arts Building, and all are welcome to join the discussions.

For further information on the Religion seminar series please contact Ben Schonthal.

7 Aug

Keziah Wallis, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Otago

"Beyond Buddhism: the role of spirit cult in Burmese religion"

21 Aug

This week's seminar will be substituted for sessions at the Symposium on Toleration in Comparative Perspective held in the Commerce Boardroom, CO4.19-20, Commerce Building. Will will be chairing a session and Ben will be presenting a paper. Please register online ahead of time. Schedules, abstracts, bios, directions and other information can be found at the symposium website here.

25 Sept

Dr. Sin Wen Lau, Chinese Programme, University of Otago

"Re-Enchanting Uneven Spaces: Christianity and the Politics of Difference in a Globalising China" (hosted joinly with the Programme in Asian Studies)

9 Oct

Dr Jamin Halberstadt, Psychology, University of Otago

"Scaring the bejesus into people: Religious belief and its role in managing implicit and explicit death anxiety"

16 Oct

Dr. John Shaver, Religious Studies Programme, Victoria University

"Religion, the Media and the (Un)making of Prejudice towards New Zealand’s Muslims"

Open Lectures

The 2015 Albert Moore Lectures

The second series of Albert Moore Memorial Lectures will be delivered by Dr Christopher Hartney of the University of Sydney, on 14, 15 and 16 July 2015. For details of the series, please see here.

"Islam in Asia" Speaker Series, Semester 2, 2015

In semester 2, 2015, the Religion programme will host a series of public talks by international scholars on the theme of Islam in Asia. The series features speakers from a variety of disciplines and, in large part, highlights contexts that are under-represented in Islamic Studies' scholarship. The series is made possible by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Muslim Cultures.

All talks are open to the public and will be held from 5:00-6:30 pm in Quad 1.

For further information on the speaker series please contact Ben Schonthal.

4 Aug

Dr. Tamara Loos, Associate Professor History and Southeast Asian Studies, Cornell University

"Buddhist “Activists” and Muslim “Terrorists”: Biography and Islam in Thai History"

1 Sept

Dr. Melissa Crouch, Lecturer in Law, University of New South Wales

"Myanmar’s Muslims and the Struggle to Define a Burmese Muslim Identity"

29 Sept

Dr Farzana Haniffa, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Colombo

"Merit economies in neoliberal times: Halal trouble in post war Sri Lanka"

Other Events in Semester 2, 2015

5 Aug, 12:00-1:15 pm Research seminar with Tamara Loos, co-sponsored with Centre for Research on Colonial Cultures. Dr. Loos will talk about her new book project "Bones around My Neck."

Religion Seminar, Semester 1, 2015

In semester 1, the Religion seminar again took the form of a reading group. The book under discussion was Justin Thomas McDaniel, The Lovelorn Ghost & the Magical Monk (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

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