Past Seminars

2018-2019

Myrna Perez Sheldon, Assistant Professor of Religion, Ohio University, and Editor-in-Chief of SRC's online magazine Cosmologics, presented "Darwinism and the Fracturing of American Intellectual Life, 1975-2001." (November 29, 2018)

Alisha Rankin, Associate Professor of History and History of Science, Tufts University, presented "Condemned Bodies: Pope Clement VII's Poison Trials on Criminals (1524)." (November 15, 2018.)

Banu Subramaniam, Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UMASS Amherst, presented "Lord Ganesha's Plastic Surgeon: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism." (October 18, 2018)

Fellows from the Science, Religion, and Culture Program presented "SRC Small Talks," short presentations on their research. (October 4, 2018)

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion and Harvard Divinity School, and Faculty Director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, presented "Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: A Book Talk by Professor Ragab." Co-sponsored with The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program. (September 17, 2018)

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, presented "Science, Religion, and Culture: Looking Ahead," speaking about the critical interrogation of the categories of science, religion, and culture, and highlighting new directions of research to be pursued at the Science, Religion, and Culture Program in the coming year. (September 6, 2018)

2017-2018

Katja Krause, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, presented "New Horizons: Order and Experience in the Medieval Sciences of Soul and Body." (April 26, 2018)

Jacob Moses, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University, and Creative Coordinator, Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, presented "Radical Regrets: Cancer Surgery, Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing, and the Role of Affect in Therapeutic Reversals." (April 12, 2018)

Amy Moran-Thomas, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented "Sugar High: Thresholds Between Religion and Medicine." (March 29, 2018)

Gili Vidan, Ph. D. Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University, and Coordinator of the Junior Fellows and Science Fiction, Religion, and Culture Working Group at the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, presented ""Nothing in the Middle: Crisis and Nostalgia in 1990s US Cryptographic Policy." (March 8, 2018)

Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, presented "The Forensics of Female Sexuality." (January 25, 2018)

Eli Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University, and Undergraduate Fellows Coordinator and Ways of Knowing Conference Coordinator in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, Harvard Divinity School, presented his work "Repossessing the Wilderness: New Deal Frontier Sciences in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation." (November 30, 2017)

Doctoral Fellows in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program presented their doctoral dissertation projects. (November 9, 2017)

Projit Mukharji, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, discussed his work "Islamicate Embryology in the Early Modern Arakan: A Politico-Economic History." (October 12, 2017)

Hannah Marcus, Assistant Professor, History of Science, Harvard University, discussed her work "Creating an Index of Expurgations: The Censors at Work." (September 28, 2017)

Fellows from the Science, Religion, and Culture Program gave short presentations on their research. (September 14, 2017)

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School, and Director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, presented a talk "Reflections on Science and Religion."  (August 31, 2017)

2016-2017

Junior Fellows, Doctoral Fellows, and Research Associates of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program presented their work at the day-long SRC Research Symposium. The research and conversations explored the relationships between scientific, religious, and cultural discourses in the academy and beyond. (May 15, 2017)

Silke Gülker, Research Fellow at Research Group Science Policy Studies, WZB Berlin Social Research Center, and SRC Faculty Affiliate, discussed "Transcendence and (Un-)Availability in Stem Cell Research." (April 20, 2017)

Elias Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University, and Doctoral Fellow in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, Harvard Divinity School, discussed "Negotiating Indigenous Expertise: Native Medicine and Anthropology in the United States Empire, 1866-1924." (April 6, 2017)

Jennifer Johnson, Assistant Professor, History, Brown University, discussed "Medical History as National History: Decolonization and the Algerian War." (March 23, 2017 )

Manduhai Buyandelgar, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, MIT,  discussed "From Secrecy to Flamboyance and In Between: Shamanism, Migration, and Organized Religion in Urban Mongolia." (March 9, 2017)

Burcu Mutlu, Ph.D. Candidate, Program in History, Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society, MIT, discussed "The Moral Deliberations of Turkish Couples Secretly Seeking Anonymous Gamete Donation in Northern Cyprus." (February 23, 2017)

SRC Small Talks. SRC Researchers and Fellows shared brief updates on their current work. (January 26, 2017)

Robert Ames, Ph.D. Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, and Doctoral Fellow in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, Harvard Divinity School, discussed "Mystical Atheism and Scientific Religion: Iranian Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century." (December 1, 2016)

Anya Bernestein, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies, Harvard University, discussed "The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia." (November 20, 2016)

Courtney Bender, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion, Columbia University, gave a lecture titled "Studying Up? -- A Brief History of the 'Religion of the Future'."  (October 27, 2016)

Alex Bevilacqua, Harvard Society of Fellows, discussed "The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment." (October 13, 2016)

Efraim Lev, Professor of History, University of Haifa (Israel), discussed "Notebooks as Mediators Between Practical and Theoretical Medical and Pharmaceutical Knowledge in Judeo-Arabic Tradition." (September 29, 2016)

Jacob Moses, Doctoral Student, History of Science, Harvard University, and Creative Director of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, discussed "Rituals of Remorse in Biomedicine; Beyond the Professionalization and Secularization of Medical Responsibility." (September 15, 2016)

SRC Welcome Reception: An Introduction to Science, Religion, and Culture. (September 2, 2016)

2015-2016

Michael Lesley, Th.D. Candidate, Harvard Divinity School, discussed "Debating Circumcision in an Era of Human Rights" (April 7, 2016)

Maryam Kamali, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard, discussed "The Concept of Destiny in the Medieval Persian Historiography" (March 3, 2016)

Professor Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School, gave a book talk on his new monograph, The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion, and Charity." (December 3, 2015)

Eva Payne, Doctoral candidate, American Studies, Harvard, presented a chapter of her dissertation. (November 5, 2015)

Mara Block, College Fellow in Religion, Harvard, presented work on "Christian Sexual Subjects and Modern Care of the Soul" (October 8, 2015)