Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 4th

Julius Glickman Conference Center room CLA 1.302B   

7:00pm-8:00pm First Keynote Address

"Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Great Migration"             

 Dr. Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University            

8:00pm-9:00pm Opening Reception - Julius Glickman Conference Room foyer


Saturday, April 5th

Julius Glickman Conference Center room CLA 1.302B 

10:00 am-11:30 am Remixing Pop Culture

The Spirit of the Scene: America Camping Music Festivals 

Scott Muir, Duke University

Henna's a Jewish Thing? Jewish Henna Ceremonies and Religious Creativity

Noam Sienna, University of Toronto

Folk-Tronica and Evangelical Mysticism: The Recombinatory Music of David*Crowder Band

Courtney Tepera, Temple University 

Respondent: Jennifer Graber, The University of Texas 


11:30am-1:00pm Lunch 

1:00pm-2:30 pm Remixing Self and Others

Reassembling Religions: A New Materialist Method for Studying People and Things in Religious Studies

Sonia Hazard, Duke University

Competition and Transcendence in the Jain Philosophy of Synthesis

Anil Mundra, University of Chicago Divinity School

The Spiritual but Not Religious Subject at Play in the Metamodernist West

Linda Ceriello, Rice University 

Respondent: Martha Newman, The University of Texas


3:00pm-3:15 pm Coffee Break 

3:15pm-3:45 pm Agents of Remixing

Cross-Fertilization: The Pastor, The Woman and the Unholy Matrimony of Belief

Abimbola Adelakun, The University of Texas at Austin

Bovine Peace Sacrifice in the South Sudan: Employing Conceptual Mixture to Interpret Religious Mixture

Ross Kane, University of Virginia 

Devotees and Detractors of Shirdi Sai Baba, a 'Syncretistic Saint' in Modern India

Jonathan Loar, Emory University

Waiting for the Espiritista: Towards an Ethnograpy of the Ultra-Mundane

Alyssa Maldonado, Princeton University

Respondent: Chad Seales, The University of Texas


4:45pm-5:00 pm Coffee Break 

5:00pm-6:00pm Second Keynote Address

"Remodeling the Christianization of Egypt: Beyond 'Pagan Survivals'" 

 Dr. David Frankfurter, Boston University 

6:30pm Dinner at El Mercado 


Sunday, April 6th

Julius Glickman Conference Center room CLA 1.302B 

9:00am-11:00am Remixing, Borders, and Mobility 

Landscapes of Religious Encounter: Region and Identity in Pre-Modern Bengal 

Bennett DiDente Comerford, Harvard University

A Cultural Transmission of a God: The Case of Mithra in Nemrut Dagi

Nina Mazhjoo, Erfurt University

Hesiod’s Father: Religious Synthesis Finds Its Level

Andrew Tobolowsky, Brown University

Respondent: Jo Ann Hackett, The University of Texas


11:00am-11:15am Coffee Break 

11:15am-12:45pm Remixing Religion, Politics, and Law

Codifying a Japanese State Religion: Bateren Zuiho no Fumi as Constructive Synthesis

Robert Greenlee, University of Chicago Divinity School

Borrowing from Three Crates: 16th Century Morisco Religiosity and the Art of Religious Sampling

E. J. Hernandez, Temple University

Separate but Equal: Legal Impediments to Religious Mixing

Lauren Kerby, Boston University

Rethinking Religious Synthesis through a Tibetan Conceptualization of Buddhism and Polity

Ian MacCormack, Harvard University

Respondent: Hina Azam, The University of Texas


12:45pm  Lunch - Box lunches catered by Thundercloud Subs 


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