News & Notable
Bryan D. Lowe receives Stanley Weinstein prize for best dissertation in East Asian Buddhism from the Yale Council on East Asian Studies
The Yale Council on East Asian Studies selected Bryan D.Lowe's dissertation, “Rewriting Nara Buddhism: Sutra Transcription in Early Japan” (nominated by Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University) from a field of fine contributions to receive the Stanley Weinstein dissertation prize for the academic years 2012-2014. Full Announcement
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Bryan Lowe receives "Grant for Research on Buddhist Texts Using Old Japanese Manuscripts" from the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies
Bryan Lowe has received a grant to study ancient Buddhist scrolls. The grant is offered by the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies in Tokyo to promote research on Japan's rich but largely untapped collection of premodern Japanese Buddhist manuscripts. He will use this grant to travel to Japan this summer to gather materials for a project on the notion of the canon in early Japanese Buddhism.
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The Department of Religious Studies has appointed
Laurel Schneider and Anand Taneja beginning in Fall 2013
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurel Schneider and Anand Taneja beginning in Fall 2013.
Laurel Schneider joins the department as Professor of Religion and Culture. She taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary for the last fourteen years as Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture. Laurel brings with her an expertise in gender theory, sociology of religion, and Native American religious traditions.
Anand Taneja will join the Religious Studies faculty in the fall as Assistant Professor in the Islamic Traditions of South Asia. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Anand specializes in historical and contemporary Islam in South Asia, the anthropology of religion, and film studies.
Their unique skills make them an asset to the future of the department and we look forward to all they have to offer.
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Dr. Daniel Patte to retire at the end of academic year
After forty-two years of service to Vanderbilt University, Dr. Daniel Patte will retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Patte joined the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University in 1971, the first year of the department. During his time at Vanderbilt, he functioned in many roles, including serving as Chair of the Department, from 1977 to 1998. Over the years, Dr. Patte specialized in two areas: New Testament Studies with an emphasis on the history of Reception and Hermeneutics/Semiotics, with which the Patte name is widely recognized, and in recent years, the ethics of interpretation. For the latter, he is currently preparing a survey of the field for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ethics. He is also working on a commentary on the interpretation of Romans, a long-term project which will become his primary focus post-retirement. The Department of Religious Studies is grateful to Daniel for his years of service, and we wish him and his wife, Aline, the best in the years to come.
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Stewart named "Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities"
On 02 October 2012, Carolyn Dever, Dean of Arts & Science, named Tony K. Stewart the "Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities" in recognition of his interdisciplinary scholarship on the religious traditions of South Asia and his work in multiple fields within the college. Appointed Chair of Religious Studies in 2011, Stewart is also Professor of Asian Studies, Professor in the Graduate Department of Religion (History and Critical Theories of Religion), and Professor of Islamic Studies.
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