Seminars

  • 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 Blog


Co-Chairs
Elizabeth Powers
elizabethmpowers@icloud.com

Dagmar Riedel
dar2111@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Anya Wilkening
abw2163@columbia.edu


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/01/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Creating a Sufi Hagiography in the Mughal World: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Chishtī’s Mirʾāt-i Madārī (1654)
Ute Falasch, Independent Scholar (Germany)




10/29/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
A Late Manuscript, an Old Debate: Economy, Society and Political Authority in A Late Manuscript, an Old Debate: A Juridical Question of Abū Isḥāq al-Shāṭibī (d. 790/1388) about Economy, Society and Political Authority in the Premodern Islamic West
Adday Hernández López, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)




11/12/2020 Online Meeting
5:30 PM
“Words of a Desperate Man”: Poetics and Cultural Identity in a Late Medieval Hebrew Rhyming Dictionary from the Crown of Aragon
Jill Ross, University of Toronto (Canada)




12/09/2020 Online Meeting
12:00 PM
Isaac of Corbeil’s Pillar of Exile: A Thirteenth Century Plan of Public Education through Liturgy and Law
Judah Galinsky, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)