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'Ghalib is ubiquitously present in contemporary Delhi' - Prof. Anand Taneja main speaker for Online Talk:

Habib University on Thursday evening held as part of its ongoing web series an online talk on ‘The critical edge of tradition: understanding Ghalib as Wali in contemporary Delhi’. Anand Vivek Taneja, an assistant professor of Religious Studies, Islamic Traditions of South Asia, College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University was the main speaker. 

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A screenshot of the event.—White Star

 


Molly Wells contributes to the Undergraduate Religious Studies Association Symposium at Indiana University

The symposium’s central aim is interdisciplinary conversation about religion. As such, undergraduate students from across the humanities—Anthropology, Area Studies, English, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, etc.—are participating in the symposium and will be presenting their papers.

Molly Wells will be presenting her paper “Liturgical Dance, Performativity, and the Body”.

See Schedule of events here:

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Tony Stewart awarded the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize by the Association for Asian Studies for his recent monograph,  Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination .

 The Coomaraswamy Prize is the top book prize for “a distinguished work of scholarship in South Asian Studies that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas.” The full list of awards can be seen here.

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 Richard McGregor recieves US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CAORC Research Fellowship at the American Research Center in Egypt, 2021-2022

In the study of Islamic religious history, a divide has persisted between approaches focused on daily lived practices and others that explore documentary and written expression. This divide often parallels the distinction between anthropology and literary studies. This project will explore the overlap of these dimensions of religious practice in the medieval period, focusing on the manuscript archives of Islamic Cairo. The research will survey a series of hand-written texts, in order to recover evidence of ritual and devotional interactions with the texts as devotional objects. The practice of bodily interaction with texts in fact took many forms. Not only were illustrations representing, for example, the Prophet’s tomb in Medina rubbed and kissed, but honored names could be similarly treated. Improvised devotional comments, including poems, were at times added to the margins. Tracings of the Prophet’s sandal were made added to manuscripts, being representations of actual sandal relics.

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Figure 1: Tracing of the Prophet’s Sandal from al-Maqqari, Fath al-Muta‘al. Al-Azhar University Library, Cairo, manuscripts section (Al-Maghariba, raqam khass 6299).

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Figure 2: Marginalia from Bastami, Sharh Hizb al-Bahr. Süleymaniye Library, Istanbul, manuscripts section.

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M. Issam Eido Wins MESA Global Academy Fellowship/Award

The MESA Global Academy (https://mesana.org/advocacy/global-academy) is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Middle East Studies Association of North America designed to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused academics by providing competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America. The MESA Global Academy is a project of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in partnership with the City University of New York and other university partners, with generous support from the Carnegie Corporation.

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Anand V. Taneja designated as Humanities Fellow of the Robert Penn Warren Center

Anand Vivek Taneja, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has been chosen as a Faculty Fellow for the 2019-2020 Robert Penn Warren Center Seminar on “Borders and Belonging”. During his tenure as a fellow he will be working on a book on Muslim ethics in India in the era of resurgent Hindu nationalism. 

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Richard McGregor Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Created by the US Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program offers a variety of overseas research and teaching opportunities.Professor McGregor will spend 2019-2020 as a Fulbright research scholar at the American University in Cairo. His work explores the medieval religious life and rituals of Islamic Egypt, focusing on festivals, shrines, and parades. He is also developing a project on Sufism and environmental ethics.

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The Department of Religious Studies has appointed Adeana McNicholl beginning in Fall 2019

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Adeana McNicholl beginning in Fall 2019.

Adeana McNicholl joins the department as Assistant Professor of Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia. She is a recent graduate of Stanford University, receiving her PH.D in Religious Studies, specializing in Buddhism, with a research focus on the relationship between religion and the body and embodied identities, including race, gender, and sexuality.

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Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh Receives Prestigious Fellowships

Professor Wells-Oghoghomeh has received two prestigious fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year: the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. She was also accepted into the Young Scholars in American Religion 2018-2019 Cohort.

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Anand V. Taneja receives a Research Scholar Grant from Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University has chosen Dr. Taneja to receive funds in support of his work, From Dams to Temples: Infrastructure, Ecology, and the Religious Landscapes of Delhi.

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Bryan D. Lowe receives a Japanese Studies Fellowship from the Japan Foundation

The fellowship provides support for Dr. Lowe's current research throughout the summer of 2017.  His proposed project, "An Underground History of Provincial Temples in Early Ninth-Century Japan," uses archaeological evidence to better understand the material and ritual cultures of Buddhism in provincial villages.  It is part of his second-book project on provincial preaching in ancient Japan. 

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Anand V. Tanja receives the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences

The American Institute of Indian Sciences has chosen to support Dr. Taneja's forthcoming work, Jinnealogy: Tome, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi. The book is set to be published by the Stanford University Press, 2017.   

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Bryan D. Lowe receives a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant for Summer 2016

The NEH has chosen to support Dr. Lowe's second-book project, "Beyond Founders, Sects, and the Nation-State: A Networks Approach to Buddhism in Ancient Japan," which focuses on provincial preaching in ninth-century Japan.  Dr. Lowe utilizes manuscript evidence to highlight the activities of non-elite clerics who traveled from the capital to the provinces to perform sermons and conduct rituals.

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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. 

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Bryan D. 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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