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Religious History Colloquium


The purpose of the colloquium is the facilitation of conversation, debate, thinking across subfields regarding issues relevant to the student of religion and culture, especially for those students engaging in historical work. The colloquium is open to anyone in the Vanderbilt community who wishes to attend—faculty and students alike.  The colloquium meets once a month in the VDS Reading Room from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm during the term.   










Convenor: Paul Lim                                                                                                     Co-Convenor: James Byrd 


RHC  Welcomes Dr. Maria Doerfler 

Thursday, September 10, 2015 

Dr. Maria Doerfler, Duke University

Jepthah's Daughter: Sarah's Son: Children, Death, and Scripture in Late Antiquity

RHC  Welcomes Dr. Marla Frederick 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dr. Marla Frederick, Harvard University

Colored Television: American Religion Gone Global

RHC  Welcomes Dr. Dominic Erdozain 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dr. Dominic Erdzain, King's College London

The Science of Mercy: Voltaire's Troubled Christianity 

RHC  Welcomes Dr. Daniel Boyarin

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dr. Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley

Was there Judaism in Pre-Modernity? 

Schedule of Events

2014 -- 2015
September 17, 2014 Heather J. Sharkey University of Pennsylvania Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Ottoman Nineteenth Century: Coming Together, Moving Apart.
October 22, 2014 Kyle Harper University of Oklahoma From Paganism to Prudery and Back Again: What Difference Did Christianity Make in the History of Sex?
November 12, 2014 K. Healan Gaston Harvard University  Revisiting Church-State Relations in 1940s America: Niebuhr's Christianity and Crisis and the Specter of Secularization.
January 15, 2015 Tamara Lewis Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University Children of A Lesser God: The Birth of Race, Reformed Theology and Hidden Africans in Early Modern England
Feburary 11, 2015 Kenneth Lee California State University The Prince and the Monk
March 11, 2015 Stefania Tutino  University of California, Los Angeles Buying with you, selling with you, and praying with you? Jewish properties, Inquisitorial conflicts, and probabilist theology in seventeenth-century Rome
April 8, 2015 David Hall Harvard Divinity School  Attempting a ‘Thorough Reformation’ in Early Modern England and Scotland (with a glance at New England)
2013 -- 2014
September 18, 2013 Karen King Harvard University Martyrdom and its Discontents: Rethinking Religion and Violence in the Formation of Christianity
October 23, 2013 Margo Todd University of Pennsylvania Sex and the Elders: Calvinist Morals Courts and the Double Standard in Early Modern Scotland
November 13, 2013 Derek Chang Cornell University Parallel or Intersecting Tracks? Black Southerners and Chinese Migrants in Late-19th
Century American Religious History.
December 4, 2013 Brandon Bayne University of North Carolina Witnesses to Life and Death: Natural Histories, Martyrdom, and the Jesuit Expulsion from Northern New Spain.
February 13, 2014 Brad Gregory  University of Notre Dame The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
April 16, 2014 Wallace Best Princeton University Concerning ‘Goodbye, Christ’:Langston Hughes, Political Poetry and African American Religion
2012 -- 2013
September 19, 2012 Ed Blum San Diego State University The White Jesus in America: Sacred Myths and Their Racial Masks
  Paul Harvey University of Colorado The White Jesus in America: Sacred Myths and Their Racial Masks
October 17, 2012 Tina Shepardson University of Tennessee Controlling Contested Places: Fourth-Century Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy
December 5, 2012 Achsah Guibbory Barnard College Conversion Anxiety, Messianic Longing, and Christian/Jewish Relations in England and Palestine
January 15, 2013 Jimmy Yu Florida State University Buddhist Blood Writing and Agency in Early Modern China
February 21, 2013 Angela Tarango Trinity University Jesus as the Great Physician: Pentecostal Native Americans Within the Assemblies of God and the New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing
March 20, 2013 Curtis Evans University of Chicago A Stain Upon Our National Honor: The Federal Council of Churches Anti-Lynching Campaign
2011 -- 2012
October 12, 2011 Susan Screiner University of Chicago Are You Alone Wise? The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era
February 22, 2012 Ronnie Hsia Pennsylvania State University The World of Matteo Ricci: Chinese Religions in Jesuit Missions
March 14, 2012 Anthea Butler University of Pennsylvania The Culmination and Demise of the Religious Rights Southern Strategy 1979-2012
2010 -- 2011
September 15, 2010 Mary Watt University of Florida Dante, Columbus, and Stigliani's Mondo Nuovo: Literary Construction and Spiritual Imperialism
October 13, 2010 Robin Jensen Vanderbilt University Orthodoxy and Early Christian Art: Picturing the Divine Trinity
November 10, 2010 David Kyuman Kim Connecticut College Melancholic Freedom and the Spirit of Democracy Revisited
December 8, 2010 Tiffany Patterson Vanderbilt University Religion and the Spiritual World of a Maligned People: Nora Neal Hurston in Haiti
January 19, 2011 Adrian Weimer University of Mississippi Suffering Saints: The Historical Imagination of Persecution in Colonial America
February 16, 2011 Linford Fisher Brown University Atlantic History, Native Americans, and The Great Awakening
March 23, 2011 David Brakke Indiana University Scriptural Practices in Early Christianity: Towards a New History of the New Testament Canon