SRC Symposium

The SRC Symposium is a day-long research symposium highlighting the work of the program's community, including SRC Junior Fellows, Doctoral Fellows, and Research Associates. It is held annually in May. The research and conversations explore the relationship between scientific, religious, and cultural discourses in the academy and beyond. 

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2017 SRC Symposium: May 15, 2017

On Monday, May 15, SRC scholars, fellows and researchers will present their work, followed by a faculty roundtable on "Time," SRC's theme for 2016-17.

The Symposium is open to the public, and will be held in Andover Hall on the campus of Harvard Divinity School.

To attend, please RSVP using this form (form will open in a new window).


Symposium Schedule

9:30am - 11:00am Panel I: Media
Kassie Maxeiner Local Base, Global State: The Islamic State’s Attempt to Transcend Time and Place in Dabiq and Rumiyah
Kat Grace Poje Crossing Over: The Making of Posthumous Life for the Dead on Facebook Memorial Pages
Aobo Dong Desiring Friendship: Modes of Agency of "Side B" Gay Christians in the Spiritual Friendship Movement
Hector Kilgoe Race Beyond the Stars:
Time Travel and Prophetic Preaching in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Discussant  Jessica Dickson (Doctoral Candidate -- AAAS)
11:15am - 12:30pm Panel II: Ethics and biotechnology
Zainub Dhanani The Umbilical Tightrope: Understanding British Muslim Physicians' Perceptions of Abortion and Bioethics in Islam
Margaux Fitoussi Disaster, Death, and “Dignity” for the Unidentified Migrant Body:
Dead Body Management Workshops in Zarzis, Tunisia
Margaretha Blignaut Casting Roma: Metacultural Production on Gypsyness in Genomic Research
Discussant    Jacob Moses (Doctoral Candidate -- History of Science)
1:30pm - 2:45pm Panel III: Islam and modernity
Julia Hintlian Doubts on Prophecy: Seeking Out the Lost Philosophy of Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi
Faraz Alidina Philosophies of Mysticism in Early Twentieth Century India: The Aga Khan III’s Response to an Epistemological Crisis
Rob Ames Reading Rumi in the Nineteenth Century: Akhundzadah and Sabzavari on the Masnavi
Discussant    Joseph Vignone (Doctoral Candidate -- NELC)

2:45pm - 4:15pm Panel IV: Anthropology and social science

Giovanna Parmigiani Interpreting Tarantate as a "Deep Play":  Anthropology, Healing, and Patrimonialization of Women's Bodies in Contemporary Saleno (Italy)
Mariam Goshadze Sacred Acoustic Inspectors:
Ghanaian State and Noise-Abatement during the Homowo Festival
Maggie Hartman "My Yoke is Light'": American Catholic Experiences of Recognizing Christ's Presence in Physical Suffering
Doug Bafford Evangelistic Failures and Imperial Anxieties among Nineteenth-Century American Missionaries to the Zulu
Discussant    Khytie Brown (Doctoral Candidate -- Religion)
5:00pm - 6:15pm Roundtable
About time?: thinking temporality in queer and postcolonial times