SRC Colloquium


The Science, Religion and Culture Colloquium, part of the Mahindra Humanities Seminars, provides an opportunity to critically interrogate the categories of science, religion and culture and the sociocultural and discursive processes that create and transform these categories and the structures of authority attached to them. It sponsors conversations among scholars using anthropological, sociological, historical and philosophical methods with special interest in questions of race, gender and sexuality and different strategies of inclusion and exclusion that transform the production and consumption of knowledge. This colloquium series will host several Harvard faculty members as well as scholars from the wider academy who will discuss general themes pertaining to the series focus on science, religion, and culture. 

Space is limited, and registration is required to attend. We ask that you review a seminar's pre-circulated paper (if any) before attending. Seminar locations and the pre-circulated paper will be sent to those who register. To register for a seminar, please use the links provided below. Registration forms will open in a separate window. 

Registration closes the Friday prior to the seminar date. Please register early.

Upcoming Seminars (Fall, 2018)

September 6, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm, Andover Hall, Braun Room: "Science, Religion, and Culture: Looking Ahead." Professor Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion and Harvard Divinity School, and director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at HDS, will speak about the critical interrogation of the categories of science, religion, and culture, highlighting new directions of research to be pursued at the Science, Religion, and Culture Program in the coming year. The evening will end with a welcome reception. (No registration required)

September 17, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm (updated), CGIS S030 Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room, 1730 Cambridge Street.  "Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: A Book Talk by Professor Ragab." Co-sponsored with The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program. Professor Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion and Harvard Divinity School, will give a talk about his book Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam. (No registration required. For more information visit

October 4, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm: "SRC Small Talks." Fellows from the Science, Religion, and Culture Program will give short presentations on their research. (Register here.)

October 18, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm (time updated): "Lord Ganesha's Plastic Surgeon: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism." Professor Banu Subramaniam, Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UMASS Amherst, will present. (Register here.)

November 15, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm:  "Condemned Bodies: Pope Clement VII's Poison Trials on Criminals (1524)." Professor Alisha Rankin, Associate Professor of History and History of Science, Tufts University, will present.  (Register here.)

November 29, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm: "Darwinism and the Fracturing of American Intellectual Life, 1975-2001." Professor Myrna Perez Sheldon, Assistant Professor of Religion, Ohio University, and Editor-in-Chief of SRC's online magazine Cosmologics, will present. (Register here.)