Religion and Writing

  • Founded
    2011
  • Seminar Number
    751

The seminar investigates the roles of literacy and writing in religious traditions.  Its goal is to serve as a research group for the comparative study of literacy and the uses of writing as a form of communication technology in world religions.  Approaching the relationship between religion and writing through the lenses of literacy and communication technology, the seminar strives to address all media – from inscriptions on stone and clay tablets to internet websites – and all literary genres – from myths and commentaries to divine revelations and hymns – as well as the theoretical and practical implications of the absence, or rejection, of writing.

Seminar Website


Co-Chairs
Dr. Mahnaz Moazami
mm1754@columbia.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Powers
elizabethmpowers@icloud.com

Rapporteur
TBA


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Welcome

Meetings

09/19/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
The Annunciation: Behind the Scenes
Rachel Fulton Brown, University of Chicago




10/17/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
Writing a History of the First Reformation: Hussites and Protestants in the Sixteenth Century
Phillip Haberkern, Boston University




01/23/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
How Infinity Came to Be at Home in the World: The Contribution of Eighteenth-Century German Religious Poetry to a Modern Scientific and Theological Paradigm Shift
John H. Smith, UC Irvine




02/27/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
J.G. Hamann, Trojan Horse of the Enlightenment
Katie Terezakis, Rochester Institute of Technology




03/22/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Making Books Talk: The Reception of an Andalusian Biography of the Prophet
Dagmar Anne Riedel, Marie Curie Fellow, CCHS-CSIC (Spain) and Columbia University




04/17/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
Theological Writing and Religious Experience
Christine Helmer, Northwestern University