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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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