On the behalf of the graduate students of Northwestern University's Department of Religious Studies, I am pleased to invite you to our interdisciplinary conference "Religion and the Trans-..." in Evanston, IL on October 12–14, 2012.
Our conference focuses on the recent understanding of boundaries in the interdisciplinary study of religion – whether they are political, cultural, or intellectual – as permeable and transformative. The conference will feature exciting keynote addresses from Thomas Csordas (Anthropology, University of California, San Diego), Thomas Tweed (Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin), and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Political Science, Northwestern University). Our keynote speakers will be joined by over twenty gradate student papers representing variety of disciplines and speaking on topics as wide-ranging as globalizing Catholicism, translating Islamic cosmology in China, transmitting religious values in Hindu summer camps, and the transnational intertwining of Persian mysticism and Black activism.
A number of papers will be of immediate interest to anyone situated at the intersection of American history and religious studies, addressing everything from lived religion in an age of mass incarceration to American mission agencies as transnational corporations to transnational perspectives on African American religions. This is a must see event, especially considering the conversations about how religious studies can contribute to the historical study of American religions that have circulated on this blog lately.
The conference is FREE and open to the public, so please visit our website for registration and more information: http://sites.weinberg.