UNC Religious Studies at AAR/SBL 2013

UNC at AAR/SBL/ASOR Baltimore

November 2013

Thursday, November 21

4:25PM: Jodi Magness reads a paper The Role of Exact Science from the Perspective of an Archaeologist.

Friday, November 22

1PM: Omid Safi and Danielle Widmann Abraham in a “Rethinking Islamic Studies Workshop.”

Saturday, November 23

9AM: Shenandoah Nieuwsma reads a paper Cutting Through the Fog: “Spirituality” as Discursive Strategy in Post-WWII Medical Literature.  Abdallah Lipton reads a paper Universalizing Ibn ‘Arabi: Aryanism and the Perennialist Discourse of Religious Authenticity.

1PM: Andrew Aghapour is a panelist in the “Cognitive Science of Religion Group and Science, Technology, and Religion Group.” Shenandoah Nieuwsma reads a paper Exploring a Politics of Healing: Spirituality as a Nonreligious Health Technique in the US Military. Juliane Hammer reads a paper Equity, Equality, or Hierarchy: American Tafsir on Gender Roles in Marriage. Joseph Lam reads a paper The Biblical Hebrew Root BHL in light of New Ugaritic Evidence.

4PM: Matthew Hotham reads a paper ‘His Minty Breath Was Antidote to Scorpio’s Sting’: Muhammad’s Bodily Ascension in Nizami Ganjavi’s Makhzan al-Asrar. Stephanie Gaskill reads a paper Performing Race and Repentance: The History of Racialized Criminality in Angola’s The Life of Jesus Christ Play. Randall Styers presents in panel discussion titled “Training Graduate Students for a Twenty-first Century World.”

Sunday, November 24

1PM: David Lambert reads a paper Linguistic Change Within the Domain of Concepts: The Case of “Shub”.

3PM: Stephanie Gaskill reads a paper ‘The Worst Thing That Ever Happened To Me’: Anti-Catholicism in George Jackson’s Soledad Brother.

5PM: Randall Styers is panelist in Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Persons in the Profession. Samuel Kessler  reads a paper Jewish Identity as Moral Choice: A Reading of Malamud’s “The Lady of the Lake.”

*7PM: UNC Religious Studies Reception

Monday, November 25

9AM: Barbara Ambros responds on the panel “Buddhist Masculinities: Rhetorics and Representations.” Leif Tornquist reads a paper ‘This Mighty Struggle for Life’: Anglo-American Protestant Ministers, Biopolitical Violence, and Negative Eugenics in the 1920s United States. Omid Safi responds to “Memory Work and Culture Making.” Todd Ochoa is a panelist on “Conceiving Encounter, Evading Lack.”

1PM: Randall Styers presides on “Religious Change and Technological Mediation in Modern America.” Juliane Hammer presides on “On Normativity in the Field of Islamic Studies.” Travis Proctor reads a paper John, ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’?: Religious Competition and the (De-)Construction of Apostolic Lineages in the Acts of John.

4PM: Barbara Ambros responds on “Thinking Animals, Rethinking Religious Identities.”

Tuesday, November 26

8:30AM: Andrew Aghapour presides on “Religion, Technology, and Affect.” Cynthia Hogan reads a paper The Apocalypse and the Art Museum: The Paintings of the Reverend McKendree Robbins Long

UNC Religious Studies at AAR/SBL 2012

Members of the Religious Studies department are facilitating, presenting, and acting as respondents at this year’s joint national meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Friday, November 16

9:30AM: Jenna Supp-Montgomerie and J. Barton Scott preside over the panel Theme: Religion and Media Workshop – Feeling Political: Religion, Media, and the Politics of Emotion

2PM: Randall Styers and Monica Miller presents a paper “Analytical Research in the Eye of a Normative Claims Storm.”

Saturday, November 17

9AM: Stephanie Gaskill is reading a paper “Resisting the “Politics of Respectability”: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and the Mobilization of Religious Leaders against Mass Incarceration”

9AM: Megan Goodwin is reading a paper “Common Sense is No Match for the Voice of God:” Krakauer’s Misreading of Elizabeth Smart”

9AM: Juliane Hammer is reading a paper “Protective Patriarchy, Feminist Gender Justice: Researching Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence”

9AM: Barbara Ambros is reading a paper “Gender Bending and Gender Affirmation: A Performance of the Anan Kōshiki at a Contemporary Sōtō Zen Convent”

1PM: Yaakov Ariel is reading a paper “Conversions and De-Conversions during the Holocaust”

1PM: Randall Styers presides over the panel The Centenary of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life -The Enduring Analytical Impact of Émile Durkheim

4PM: Joseph Lam is reading a paper “Psalm 2 and the Disinheritance of Earthly Rulers”

4PM: Michael Knight is a panelist on Everyday Islam and Ethnographic Methodologies

4PM: Barbara Ambros is reading a paper “Masking Commodification and Sacralizing Consumption: Buddhist Animal Memorial Rites in Twentieth-Century Japan

4PM: Shaily Patel is reading a paper “Exorcism and Enlightenment in Antiquity and Modernity: History as a Mythological Construct”

Sunday, November 18

9AM: Jodi Magness is presenting a paper “Conspicuous Consumption: Dining on Meat in the Ancient World”

9AM: Matthew Dougherty is reading a paper “Brethren, Stretch Forth Your Hands:” The Male Body in American Masonic Ritual, 1859-1900”

9AM: Jason Staples is reading a paper “Rise, Kill, and Eat”: Animals as Nations in Apocalyptic Judaism and Acts 10.”

1PM: Randall Styers is a panelist in a cluster themed Social Theory and Religion, 2013-2015

1PM: Jodie Magness is a respondent on the panel Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World

1PM: Travis Proctor is reading a paper “A Rhetorical Absurdity and the Demonic Jesus: The Function of an Apocryphal Resurrection Appearance in Ignatius’ Letter to the Smyrnaeans”

3PM:Randall Styers is responding to the panel Religious Exchanges and Transactions in North America

3PM: Tehseen Thaver is reading a paper “Metaphor, Hermeneutics and the formations Shi‘i Identity in al-Sharif al-Radi’s (d.1015C.E.) Qur’an commentary”

4PM: Bart Ehrman will be introducing a book he co-edited, The Texts of the New Testament in Contemporary Research.

4PM: Joseph Lam is reading a paper “The Place of Metaphor in the Baal, Aqhat, and Kirta Texts”

4PM: Jason Combs is reading a paper “Dreams(’) Matter: Idol-Demons and Early Christian Oneiric Techniques”

5PM: Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is reading a paper “Quilting Points: How Religion Makes Meaning in American Globalization”

5PM: Andrew Aghapour is presiding over the panel Critical Approaches to the Use of Media for Religious Purposes

**7PM: UNC Reception**

Monday, November 19

9AM: Yaakov Ariel is reading a paper “From the Institutum Judaicum to the International Christian Embassy: Christian Zionism with a Different Accent”

1PM: Randall Styers is presiding over the panel Time, Space, and Difference on which Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is reading a paper “The “Greatest of All Schemes”: American Missionary Discourse and Nineteenth-Century Globalization”

1PM: David Lambert is reading a paper “Objectifications of Personhood in Ancient Israel: The Case of ‘lev’”

4PM: Juliane Hammer is reading a paper “Religion vs. Culture: Islamic Marriage, Healthy Families, and Domestic Violence”

4PM: Joseph Lam is presiding over the panel “Texts and Interpretations”

Tuesday, November 20

9AM: David Lambert is reading a paper “The Genealogy of Repentance”

UNC Religious Studies at AAR/SBL 2011

Members of the Religious Studies department facilitated, presented, and acted as respondents at this year’s joint national meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Friday, 18 November

Jenna Tiitsman presided over the Religion and Media Workshop, “What’s Next for Texts: Scripting Religion in a Networked World.”  Juliane Hammer served as a panelist.

Saturday, 19 November

In the first session, Jenna Tiitsman presented on the Religion, Media, and Culture Group’s “Surveying Our Understanding of Digital Religion” panel.  Jill Peterfeso presented on the Mormon Studies Group’s “Mormon Women and Modernity” panel.

In the afternoon, Brannon Ingram presented on the Islamic Mysticism Group’s “‘It’s Not Made By Great Men’: Sufism Understood from the Side of the People” panel. This group’s business meeting was presided over by Omid Safi. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst presented on the Religion and Colonialism Group’s “Defining Religion in Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial Contexts” panel. Megan Goodwin presented on the North American Religions Section’s “Rethinking Key Paradigms in American Religion: ‘Black Church’, ‘Queering Religion’, ‘Nature Religion’ and ‘Material Culture’.” panel.

David Lambert presented on a Biblical Lexicography panel themed “50 Years of Barr’s Semantics in Biblical Language.” Matthew J. Grey presented on a Levites and Priests in History and Tradition panel. Benjamin White presided over a panel on Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context, on which Jason A. Staples was a panelist.

Sunday, 20 November

In the morning session, Juliane Hammer responded to the Study of Islam Section’s panel on “Islamic/Muslim Marriage in Discourse and Practice.” Brandi Denison presented on the Religion in the American West Seminar’s “Land, Identity, and Transnational Wests” panel. Jill Peterfeso presented on the Religion and Sexuality Group’s “Contesting Bodies, Configuring Sexuality” panel. Rose Aslan presented on the Space, Place, and Religious Meaning Group’s “Spatial Theory and Religion” panel. And David Lambert presented on the Book of Job for a panel on Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions.

In the afternoon, Jenna Tiitsman presided over the Religion, Media, and Culture Group’s “Production of Religion: Making Nations, Technologies, Ideologies, and Other Spectacles” panel. Barbara Ambros presided over the Japanese Religions Group’s “Recontextualizing Japanese Religions in Popular Culture” panel. And Bart Ehrman presented on a panel titled: “What is the Future of Biblical Studies in Academia? Questions, Challenges, Visions.”

In the evening, Bart Ehrman presented on a panel on Believers, Scholars, and Culture: Assessing the Impact of Two Centuries of Critical Biblical Scholarship.

Monday, 21 November

In the morning session, Matthew Hotham presented on the Comparative Studies in Religion Section’s “Comparative Grammars of Ineffability” panel. Carl Ernst presided over a joint panel between the Study of Islam Section and the Islamic Mysticism Group, themed: “Sufism after the ‘Linguistic Turn’.” Yaakov Ariel presented on the Study of Judaism Section’s panel on “American Judaisms.” Shannon Harvey presented on the New Religious Movements Group’s panel on “Religious Appropriation of Secular Culture.” John-Charles Duffy presented on a joint panel between the Death, Dying, and Beyond Group and the Mormon Studies Group, themed: “Death and Beyond in the Mormon Tradition.”

In the afternoon, Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst presented on the Comparative Studies of Religion Section’s panel “Other People’s Scriptures: The Use of Sacred Texts across Religious Boundaries.” Kathleen Foody presented on a panel called “Pious Publics/Critical Publics: Theologies of Self and State in Contemporary Islam,” co-sponsored by the Contemporary Islam and Liberal Theologies Groups. Jenna Tiitsman presented on the Philosophy of Religion Section’s panel on “Affect, Passion, and Rationality.” Bart Ehrman was respondent to a paper on a panel about the Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity themed “Gospels in the Second Century.”

Carl Ernst presented on a panel titled “Mughal Bhakti: Devotees, Sufis, Yogis, and Literati in Early Modern North India,” cosponsored by the Religion in South Asia Section and the Hinduism Group. David Lambert presented on the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group’s “‘Religion’: Contexts for Its Emergence” panel, and the following business meeting was presided over by Randall Styers.

Shenandoah Nieuwsma presented on the Religion, Medicines, and Healing Group’s “Spirituality and the Medicalization of Religion in Mental Health Care” panel. And Barbara Ambros presided over the business meeting for the Japanese Religions Group.

Tuesday, 22 November

During the last session of the conference, Anne Blankenship presented on the History of Christianity Section’s panel on “Interreligious Conflict in the History of Christianity: Modern Examples.” Randal Styers presided over the North American Religions Section’s panel on “Industrial Effervescence: Manufacturing Economic Selves and Producing Religious Collectivity in American Religious History.” Jason C. Bivins (adjunct) was the respondent for this panel. And Jessica Boon presented on the Queer Studies in Religion Group’s panel on “Queerly Rereading Texts and Traditions.”

UNC Religious Studies at the AAR

Members of the Religious Studies department facilitated, presented, and received awards at this year’s national meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

Friday, 29 October

Jenna Tiitsman presided over the Religion and Media Workshop, “Religion Counts: Demographic Technologies and the Politics of Surveillance.”  Brannon Ingram served as a panelist.

Carl Ernst presided over the “Rethinking Islamic Studies” Workshop; Charles Kurzman (adjunct) served as a panelist.

Saturday, 30 October

In the first session, Brandi Denison presented on the Religion, Memory, History Consultation’s “Remembering Loss: The Work of Memory in Facing the Violence of the Past” panel.  Andrew Aghapour presented on the Cognitive Science of Religion Consultation’s “Reductionism in the Cognitive Science of Religion” panel.

In the afternoon, Omid Safi responded to the Study of Islam Section’s “Rethinking History, Reimagining Community” panel; Jenna Tiitsman presided over and Vincent Gonzalez presented on the Religion, Media, and Culture Group’s “Authenticity and the Real” panel.

In the evening, Barbara Ambros presented on the Japanese Religions Group/Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group’s “Revisiting Religious Freedom in Modern Japan” panel.  Stanley Thayne presented on the Death, Dying, and Beyond Consultation/Comparative Studies in Religion Section’s panel, “From Life to Death and Back Again.”

Sunday, 31 October

Randall Styers presided over the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group’s panel, “’Religion’ in the Making: Social, National, and Global Formations,” as well as the Group’s following business meeting.  Barbara Ambros likewise presided over the Japanese Religions Group’s business meeting.

Brannon Ingram presented on the “Educating Muslims” panel for the Study of Islam Section.  Omid Safi presided over the business meeting of the Islamic Mysticism Group.  Randall Styers responded to the “Bodies and Law: Torture, Sex Change, and Same-Sex Marriage” panel for the Law, Religion, and Culture Group.

Abdallah Lipton presented on the “Tolerance in Colonial and Imperial Contexts” panel of the Religion and Colonialism Consultation.  Tehseen Thaver presented to the “Prophecy, Knowledge, and Performance in Sufism” panel of the Islamic Mysticism Group and the “Negotiating Practice and Authority in Contemporary Islam” panel of the Contemporary Islam Group.

UNC hosted its annual reception that evening.

Kathleen Foody and Ilyse Morgenstein-Fuerst were honored at AAR Awards Ceremony as recipients of two of the AAR’s three inaugural International Dissertation Research Grants. Foody accepted a $5,000 grant for students working in any sub-discipline within religious studies; Morgenstein-Fuerst won the Selva J. Raj Endowed International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Congratulations to both students!

Morgenstein-Fuerst and Foody

image courtesy of Dr. Carl Ernst

Monday, 1 November

Megan Goodwin presented on the Popular Culture Group’s  “2-D Hierophanies: Religious Creativity and Cultural Critique in Comic Books, Manga, Anime, and Graphic Novels” panel.  Jonathan Boyarin presided over the Religion, Media, and Culture Group’s response to Jeremy Stolow’s Orthodox by Design. Anne Blankenship presented on the “Aesthetics, Cultural Production, and Religious History in Asian Pacific America” panel of the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group.  John-Charles Duffy presented on the “Religious Experience/Persecution” panel of the Gay Men and Religion Group.

Finally, Brandi Denison, Jenna Tiitsman, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, and Randall Styers presented on the North American Religions Section’s “Rhetorics of Progress: Science and Technology in the Making of American Religions” panel.