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University of Minnesota
6 April 2018
"Why Did Judaism Survive in Early Modern Germany?"
David H. Price


Field Memorial Lecture
Hebrew Union College
21 February 2018
"History as Defense of Judaism?: Reassessing the New Enlightenment Historiography of Judaism"
David H. Price
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts
20 November 2017
"Localizing the Universal: Narrative and Performative Strategies in Ninth-Century Japanese Homilies"
Bryan D. Lowe
Society for the Study of Japanese Religions
Panel on Meet the Authors: New Books on Japanese Religions
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
19 November 2017
"Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures"
Bryan D. Lowe
Workshop on Issues Regarding Religion and Society in Ancient and Medieval Japan
Princeton University
4 November 2017
"On the Road and in the Village: Provincial Preaching and Ritual in Ninth-Century Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
https://eap.princeton.edu/events/issues-regarding-religion-and-society-ancient-and-medieval-japan-日本古代中世の社会と宗教と言説
The Pure Land in the Nara Schools
McGill University
29 September 2017
"Pure Land Thought and Practive in Liturgical Texts from Ancient Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
18th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
Toronto, Canada
25 August 2017
"A Sermon on Verso, A Preacher in the Provinces: Re-centering the Study of Heian Buddhism"
Bryan D. Lowe
Society for Reformation Research
Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Nuremberg, Germany
July 2017
"The Jewish Culture War in Nuremberg: Albrecht Dürer and Devotional Anti-Judaism"
David H. Price

PThU International Conference
Keynote Address
Groningen, Netherlands
April 2017
"Signs of Life: Theories of Resilience and Theologies of Multiplicity"
Laurel C. Schneider


Buddhist Book Cultures Symposium
University of Denver
28 April 2017
"Inscribing Orality: Performance and Production of a Homiletic Manuscript from Ninth-Century Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
Toronto, Canada
19 March 2017
"Digital Timelines in a Japanese Religions Course"
Bryan D. Lowe
Workshop: Nationalism, Populism and Racism in Post-Liberal Times
Vanderbilt University
25 March 2017
"Religion, Nationalism, and the Anthropocene"
Anand V. Taneja
Urban Humanities Lecture Series
New York University 
6 March 2017 
"Elsewhere in the City: Islam, Ecology, and Other Temporalities in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto, Scarborough
25 January 2017 
"Muslim Saints and Hindu Daughters: Unusual Intimacies and Ethical Life in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
South Asia Seminar
University of Chicago
5 January 2017
"Muslim Saints and Hindu Daughters: Kinship, Ethical Self-Fashioning, and Inter-Religious Relations at Firoz Shah Kotla Daragh, Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting
St. Pete Beach, Florida
November 2016
Panelist: "Southern Religious History in the Twenty-First Century"
Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
21 November 2016
"From Dubhuang to Nara and Nara to Dunhuang: Manuscripts Sources and Shared East Asian Buddhist Cultures"
Bryan D. Lowe
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
18 November 2016
"Muslim Saints and Hindu Daughters: Rethinking the Discursive Tradition from Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja 
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
November 2016
"Of Hags and Witches: The Limits and Possibilities of Magic in the Study of Enslaved Religiosity in the Lower South"
"Rituals of Reproduction: Childbirth, Midwifery, and Initiation Among EnslaveD Women in the Lower South"
Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh
Postcolonial Haunting Panel / Gay Men's Studies in Religion Panel 
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
November 2016
Panel Respondent: "Haunted House of Religion: the Chumash Mission" (Postcolonial Haunting)
Paul Respondent: "Unruly Methods" (Gay Men's Studies) 
Laurel C. Schneider
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
November 2016
"The Philosophical Jew and the Identity Crisis of Christianity in G. E. Lessing's Nathan the Wise"
David H. Price
Workshop Paper - Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
University of Michigan
11 November 2016
"Saintly Visions: The Ethics of Elsewhen"
Anand V. Taneja
Workshop: Muslim Thought and Practice in South Asia: New Practices and Directions
Boston University
28 October, 2016
"Islam as Ethical Inheritance: Rethinking the 'discursive tradition' through 'dargah culture'."
Anand V. Taneja

Annual Conference on South Asia
Madison, Wisconsin
22 October 2016
"Desiring Women at the Daragh: Love and Transgression at an Islamic Shrine in Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
Invited Lecture - South Asia Program and Department of Anthropology 
Cornell University 
19 September 2016 
"The Afterlives of Islamic Architecture: Ethics, Ecology, and Other Times in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
International Lotus Sutra Seminar
Chiba, Japan
20 June 2016 
"The Lotus Sutra and the Ritual of Sutra Copying in Premodern East Asia"
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies - Asia
Kyoto, Japan
26 June 2016
"Rhetorical Strategies and Manuscript Cultures in Buddhist Sermons from Ninth-Century Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
Workshop: Animals, Law, and Religion
Harvard Law School
20 May 2016
“Animal Accusers and the Rhetoric of Suffering: Troubling the Human/Animal Divide”
Richard McGregor
Workshop: Global Studies
New York University, Abu Dhabi
10 May 2016
“The Cosmopolitan Figure as Ethical Exemplar in Tenth-Century Basra”
Richard McGregor
Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies
Seattle, Washington
3 April 2016
"The Popular Afterlives of Mughal Translation: Some Thoughts from the Daragh of Firoz Shah Kotla"
Anand V. Taneja
Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies 
Seattle, Washington
1 April 2016
"Patron Function and Authorial Intent in Early Japanese Manuscript Cultures"
Bryan D. Lowe
Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize Lecture
Yale University 
10 March 2016
"The Nara Court Under Buddhism: The Religious Side of Political History in Ancient Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
Public Lecture / Workshop Paper, Department of Religious Studies 
Stanford University
9 & 10 March 2016
"Post-Colonial Temporalities: Archival Amnesia and Apotropaic Mnemonics in Post-Colonial Delhi"
"The (Vanished) Nature of the Sacred"
Anand V. Taneja
Rising Cities in Asia Workshop
Yale University 
7 March 2016
"Jinnealogy: Arcival Amnesia and Islamic Theology in Post-Partition Delhi"
Anand V. Taneja
Bogitsch Lecture
Vanderbilt Divinity School
25 February 2016
"Islamic Saints and Hindu Daughters: Kinship, Ethical Self-Fashioning, and Inter-Religious Relations at Firoz Shah Kotla Dargah, Delhi."
Anand V. Taneja
Reassessing Kodai: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Approaches to the Cultural History of Early Japan and its Historiography
University of Michigan
12-13 February 2016 
"Empty Temples, Nameless Monks, and Why They're Important: A New Take on Early Heian Buddhism"
Bryan D. Lowe
University of Cincinnati
January 2016
"Why Did Judaism Survive in Early Modern Germany? -- The Jewish Policy of Maximilian I"
David H. Price
Invited Presentation at Great Buddha Symposium at Tōdaiji
Nara, Japan
20 December 2015 
"Nettowāku to shite no Tōdaiji [Tōdaiji as a Network]"
Bryan D. Lowe
Annual Conference of South Central Modern Language  Association 
Nashville, Tennessee
3 November 2015
"Kings Watching Kinds: Ritual and Authority in Ancient Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
American Academy of Religion
Atlanta, Georgia
November 2015
"Flesh and Poetry in Mayra Rivera"
Laurel C. Schneider
Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
Keynote Address
Star Island, New Hampshire
August 2015
"Queering the Religion and Science Debate"
Laurel C. Schneider

International Workshop on Traditional Sciences in Asia
Kyoto University
19 June 2015
"Poeticized Cosmologies: Post-Mortem Realms and Dedicatory Prayers in Ancient Japan"
Bryan D. Lowe
Leiden University
Netherlands
11 May 2015
Guest Lecture: “Ghastly Hauntings and Divine Justice: A New Approach to Ritual, Ethics and Kingship in Ancient Japanese Buddhism.” 
Bryan D. Lowe
Public Lecture
Harvard University Center for World Religions
April 2015
"When the Book is a Coyote: Native and Christian Influences"
Laurel C. Schneider
Center for Buddhist Studies
University of California, Los Angeles 
6 March 2015
Guest Lecture: "Composing the Cosmos: Prayer, Poetics, and Cosmology in Ancient Japan." 
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies 2015 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
26-29 March 2015
"Poetics of Prayer: The Intersection of Literature and Ritual in Early Japanese Buddhist Mortuary Practice." 
Bryan D. Lowe
ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop, Columbia University
Workshop: Tibetan Buddhist Networking in the 18th Century: Lives and Letters
6-8 March 2015
"Establishing Yonghegong as an Imperial Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in 1744."
Nancy G. Lin
Merits of the Book: Buddhist Manuscript Traditions Across Asia
Workshop on Buddhist Manuscripts
University of Chicago
26-28 February 2015
"Writing Societies: Colophons and Communities in Ancient Japanese Buddhism." 
Bryan D. Lowe
For more information, please visit:
https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/imce/conferences/merits/conference%20abstracts.pdf
Veritas Forum: "Encountering Evil: Vanderbilt Faculty Discuss Suffering"
18 February 2015
Vanderbilt University, Langford Auditorium
Moderator: Paul Lim
Panelists: Scott Aikin, Sandra Barnes, Nancy Lin, Keith Meador, David Weintraub
Canceled due to inclement weather; may be rescheduled for a later date.
Colonization, Race, and Disease: Ebola in Context
Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
13 December 2014
Panelist: Dianna Bell

American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Conference
Multi-year Seminar: Religion and the Literary in Tibet
San Diego, California
22-25 November 2014 
"Condensing Indic Buddhist Narratives."
Nancy G. Lin
American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Conference
San Diego, California
22-25 November 2014 
"Composing Kingship and Cosmos: Prayer, Genre, and Ritual in Early Japan."
Bryan D. Lowe
Lady Sriram College, Delhi University
Delhi, India
31 October 2014
Guest Lecture: "History in a City without Literature: Some reflections on Delhi and Urdu."
Anand V. Taneja
Indian Institute of Habitat Studies
Bangalore, India
20 October 2014
Guest Lecture: "Jinnealogy: Archival Amensia and Islamic Theology in Post-Partition Delhi." 
Anand V. Taneja
17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
University of Vienna, Austria
22 August 2014
“Instituting Transcription: Laborers, Administrators, and Scriptoria and the Emergence of a Textualized Buddhist Tradition in Japan.”
Bryan D. Lowe 
Asian Studies Conference
Japan
21 June 2014
“Restoration or Reform: Meiji Writings on Buddhism in the Nara Period (710-784).”
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA
30 March 2014
"Networks of Practice: Early Japanese Buddhism through the Lens of the Shōsōin Corpus"
Bryan D. Lowe
Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA
29 March 2014
"The Return of the Cakravartin: Poetry and Portraiture at the Lhasa Court of Polhané"
Panel: The Aesthetics of Power and the Power of Aesthetics In Buddhist South Asia
Nancy G. Lin
East Asia Center Lecture Series, East Asia Center
University of Virginia 
28 February 2014
"Haunted by Demons, Watched by Kings: Buddhism, Politics, and the Sutra Transcription in Early Japan" 
Bryan D. Lowe
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Chicago, Illinois
24 November 2013
“Apotropaic Mnemonics: Forgetful archives, everyday life, and the post-colonial condition in Delhi”
Panel: "The Bureaucratic and the Profane: Conceptualizing the Metaphysics of Governance"
Anand V. Taneja
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Baltimore, MD
23-26 November 2013
Multi-year Seminar: "Religion and the Literary in Tibet."
Nancy G. Lin (participant)
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Baltimore, MD
23-26 November 2013
"The Evils of Buddhist Politics: National History (kokushi) and the State Buddhism Model."
Bryan D. Lowe
42nd Annual Conference on South Asia
Madison, Wisconsin
18 October 2013
“Of Stones, Birds and Other Muslim Saints: The Shifting Moral and Ecological Landscapes of Urban North India”
Panel: "Other Than Human: Affective Spaces and Animals in Contemporary India"
Anand V. Taneja (Panel Organizer)
Thirteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
21-27 July 2013
"In Layman's Terms: The Politics of Poetry at the Fifth Dalai Lama's Court" by Nancy G. Lin
Panel on The Secular in Tibet and Mongolia
For more information, please visit the conference homepage:
http://www.iats.info/the-thirteenth-seminar-of-the-iats-–-ulaanbaatar-2013/
The Cult of the Healing Buddha in East Asia
Sponsored by Columbia University Center for Buddhism and East Asian Religions
Donghwasa Temple, South Korea
29-30 May 2013
Bryan Lowe, discussant
Research Group on Buddhism and Modernity
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
25 May 2013
Bryan Lowe, discussant
For more information, please visit the event's homepage:
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ma-tango/
American Academy of Religion Seminar - "Religion and the Literary in Tibet"
Spring meeting hosted by Harvard University
19-21 April 2013
Nancy G. Lin (participant)
For more information, please visit the seminar homepage:
http://tiblit.wordpress.com/about/
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
21-24 March 2013
"Behula's Healing Power: A Narrative of Tantrika Corpse Revivification?" by Tony K. Stewart
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Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum
Harvard University
7 March 2013 - 4:15 PM
"Complex Agencies and the Formation of Buddhist Courts in Lhasa" by Nancy G. Lin
For the complete forum schedule, please click this link.
Symposium on the Tibetan Reincarnation System
The Tulku Institution in Tibetan Buddhism: Past, Present, and Future Prospects of the Reincarnation System
University of San Francisco
15-16 February 2013
"Birth-Stories of the Fifth Dalai Lama" by Nancy G. Lin
For more information, please visit the symposium homepage.
Aesthetics of the Sublime: Religious Text and Rhetorical Theory
International Workshop, Cairo
15-17 December 2012
"Grappling with the Bengali Imaginaire: Making Sense of Informal Aesthetic Decisions
in Religious Fold Genres" by Tony K. Stewart
"A Quick Look at the 'Gaze' in Premodern Islamic Visual Culture" by Richard McGregor
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