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
Carolyn Quijano
cjq2101@columbia.edu


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

Welcome

Meetings

09/20/2016 Faculty House
5:00 PM
The Oral and The Textual in Mesopotamian and Biblical Law
Shalom E. Holtz, Yeshiva University
Abstract




10/25/2016 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Editing and Printing the Quran in Early-Modern Europe (16th-18th Centuries)
Roberto Tottoli , Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Abstract




11/17/2016 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Publishing over Preaching: Jesuit Missionaries and Chinese Print Culture in the Seventeenth Century
Daniel Purdy , Pennsylvania State University
Abstract




Notes: Please note this meeting is on a Thursday rather than the usual Tuesday.
12/06/2016 Faculty House
5:00 PM
A Metamorphosis in Christian Biography in the High Middle Ages: The Case of the Early Lives of Francis of Assisi
John W. Coakley, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Abstract




01/24/2017 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Betrayed Legacies?: A Rabbi, His Christian Disciple and an Unfinished Manuscript: The Case of Elia Benamozegh (1823-1900) and Aimé Pallière in Search of Religious Universalism
Clemence Boulouque, Columbia University
Abstract




02/28/2017 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Patterning the World: The Role of Wen and Civilizational Violence in the Shang Dynasty
Roderick B. Campbell, New York University - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Abstract




04/04/2017 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Historiographical and Archaeological Problems in Understanding Temples and Sacred Spaces in Ancient Iran
Matthew P. Canepa, University of Minnesota
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Notes: This seminar is generously sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies.


05/02/2017 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Scientific Authority and Jewish Law in Eighteenth-Century Italy
Debra Glasberg Gail, New York University