W2016: Colloquium on Religion, Literature and the Arts

Occasional Tuesdays 12:30-2 p.m. & one Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.

Room 604 UBC Asian Centre 1871 West Mall

September 20

Are Plato’s altruistic philosophers like Buddhist bodhisattvas?

Michael Griffin
Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies & Philosophy

October 4

Imagined & Pragmatic Pilgrimage in Mandeville’s Late Medieval Book of Marvels and Travels

Kyla Drzazgowski

October 18

Why does the child Jesus kill people in the Second Century Infancy Gospel of Thomas? Rob Cousland
Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

Thursday, November 3

Islam and empire in India:
The padshah’s sacred authority and religious pluralism in Mughal times

Corinne Lefèvre
CEIAS (Le Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud) CNRS-EHESS (L’Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies/French Consulate French Scholar Speaker Series & The Department of Asian Studies

4 – 5 p.m. Lecture in UBC *Asian Centre Auditorium*; 5 – 6 p.m. Reception in lobby

November 15

Saviour or Trickster God? Reexamining Ea’s Motives in Two Babylonian Myths

Sara Milstein
Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies


Term 2             W2016

17 Jan

Islamic Law as a Social Contract: Lessons from the Early Hanafi School

Rumee Ahmed

Associate Professor of Islamic Law

Associate Dean of Communications and Innovation

31 Jan

Renaissance Magic, the Theatres, and the Word

Katherine Sirluck


Special Lecture

Wed 1 Feb  5 p.m.

Infidels and Neighbours: The Muslims of Medieval Europe

Brian A. Catlos

Professor of Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

Research Associate in Humanities at the University of California Santa Cruz

14 Feb

Religious Studies in the Era of Big Data:

Large-Scale Text Analysis and Database Approaches

Edward Slingerland

Asian Studies

28 Feb

Old Stories in New Forms:

Mapping a Medieval Japanese Buddhist Purgatory onto a Modern Urban Ghetto

Jessica Main

Asian Studies and the Institute for Asian Research

14 & 28 Mar

Student panel presentations

Funding to support this program of speakers has been provided by the Religion, Literature, and the Arts Interdisciplinary Program and the Department of Asian Studies.