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Events 2019-2020

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Fall 2019

Oct. 24 - Film Screening "Under the Shadow" [student event]

Program for the Study of Religion and Third World Studies Program Present
Film Screening of Horror/Thriller Film

Under the Shadow (2016)

Thursday, October 24, 2019
11:00am-1:00pm
Literature 155 (deCerteau)

Open to students. Free. No registration. Lunch will be served. Hosted by Professor Babak Rahimi (Literature).

After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daugher Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.

Nov. 12 - The Weight of God (Rae Armantrout)

RAE ARMANTROUT

The Weight of God
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:00pm-7:00pm
Price Center West, Level 2, Red Shoe Room
UC San Diego

Free. No registration. Campus map. Visitor parking information.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), and Wobble were published by Wesleyan University Press. Wobble, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, was selected by Library Journal as one of the best poetry books of 2018. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2007 Armantrout received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, etc. She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She lives in the Seattle area.

 

CO-SPONSORS
Jewish Studies Program
Department of Literature / MFA Program in Writing
Third World Studies Program

PROGRAM ORGANIZER
Babak Rahimi
Associate Professor, Literature Department
Director, Program for the Study of Religion and Third World Studies Program

Nov. 19 - Carnival in the Zen Temple (Ben Van Overmeire)

BEN VAN OVERMEIRE

Carnival in the Zen Temple: A Bakhtinian Interpretation of Janwillem van de Wetering's Afterzen
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
1:00pm-3:00pm
Literature Building, First Floor, Room 155 (deCerteau)
UC San Diego

Free. No registration. Campus map. Visitor parking information.

Ben Van Overmeire is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Duke Kunshan University. Currently, he is working on a book on how modern autobiographical narratives of Zen life incorporate koan, Zen riddles revolving around seemingly unsolvable questions such as “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” His work has appeared in Religions, Japan Studies Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Buddhist-Christian Studies, among other journals. Van Overmeire has presented his work at the annual conferences of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Modern Languages Association (MLA), the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). He is a steering member of the Buddhist Pedagogy seminar at AAR, blogs on benvanovermeire.com and tweets @Zenmirrors.

Nov. 26 - 25 Years of Religions in the Public Sphere (Jose Casanova)

 
FALL 2019 RELIGION FORUM

Jose Casanova

JOSE CASANOVA

25 Years of Religions in the Public Sphere: Retrospective and Prospective Reflections
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
11:00am-1:00pm
Atkinson Hall Auditorium
UC San Diego

Free. No registration. Campus map. Visitor parking information.

José Casanova is Professor of Sociology, Theology and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, where he heads the Program on Religion, Globalization and the Secular. From 1987 to 2007 he served as Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (Chicago, 1994), has been translated to various languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. He is coeditor of The Jesuits and Globalization (Georgetown UP, 2016) and Islam, Gender and Democracy (Oxford, 2017), and author of Global Religious and Secular Dynamics: The Modern System of Classification (Brill, 2019). He is the recipient of the 2012 Salzburger Hochschulwochen Theologischer Preis.


CO-SPONSORS
American  Academy of Religion
Department of Sociology

PROGRAM ORGANIZER
Babak Rahimi
Associate Professor, Literature Department
Director, Program for the Study of Religion and Third World Studies Program