Conference Schedule

Update all panels scheduled for room 101 are NOW in 201.

Flourish and Decay: Exploring Religion in Process

Syracuse University Graduate Student Conference

April 13th, 2018

Program Schedule

  • Opens 7:30 a.m. Registration in Falk College 201
  • 8:00-9:30 a.m. Panel Session 1A, Falk College 100
    • The Virtual, the Sonic, and the Nostalgic
      • Moderator: Danae Faulk, Syracuse University
      • The (Dark) Magic Circle: The Affects of Virtual Spaces in Gaming and Religion, Jordan Loewen, Syracuse University.
      • Estimated Prophets: The Grateful Dead, Sacred Secular Sonic Spaces, and Improvisational Rock, Sean Steele, York University.
      • “Religious-Like” Communities: Millennial “Nones,” Social Isolation, and Religious Nostalgia, Madeline Gambino, Princeton University
      • Respondent: Dr. Biko Mandela Gray, Syracuse University
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. Panel Session 2A, Falk College 100
    • Transformations of Self and Community
      • Moderator: Aarti Patel, Syracuse University
      • Of Rebellious Gurus and Anti-gurus: Discourses of Self- Transformation in Modern India, Yagna Nag Chowdhuri, Cornell University.
      • Liberation Theology in Southern Appalachia, Taylor Thomas, Boston University School of Theology.
      • Respondent: Dr. James Watts, Syracuse University
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. Panel Session 2B, Falk College 201
    • Transformations and Their Religious-Cultural Landscape
      • Moderator: Abel Gomez, Syracuse University
      • Learning to Speak Well: Abraham Joshua Heschel In Transformation, Maria Carson, Syracuse University.
      • Change through Continuity: JPFs from a Comparative Perspective, Lauren McCormick, Syracuse University.
      • Dispensational Catastrophic-Utopianism in the Early 20th Century United States, Adam DJ Brett, Syracuse University.
      • Tibetan Buddhism and the Body in the Art of Zhang Huan, Patricia Giles, Syracuse University
  • 11:15-12:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Panel Session 3A, Falk College 100
    • Spatial Relations: Living and Dying in the World
      • Moderator: Deepali Kulkarni, Syracuse University
      • Remembered / Forgotten: The Cemetery and the Creation of Place, Narciss Sohrabi, Université Paris Nanterre
      • Vārāṇasī, Bhairava, and Purity Amidst Pollution in the Age of Decay, Seth Ligo, Duke University
      • The Labor and Authority of Buddhist Nuns in Contemporary Myanmar, Mary Kate Long, Cornell University
      • Respondent: Dr. Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Syracuse University
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Panel Session 3B, Falk College 201
    • Commodities and Commodifications
      • Moderator: Jordan Loewen, Syracuse University
      • How Public Intellectuals, Media, and Popular Culture Contribute to the Flourish and/or Decay of Specialized Studies in Religion, Christina Pasqua, University of Toronto
      • “Christianity is the Most Salable Product Ever Put Together”: Norman Vincent Peal and the Manliness of Godly Business, Timothy Burnside, Florida State University
      • Plastic, Plastics, Plasticity, Matthew J. Smith, Northwestern University
      • Respondent: Dr. M. Gail Hamner, Syracuse Universit
  • 2:15-3:45 p.m. Panel Session 4A, Falk College 100
    • (En)gendering Bodies
      • Moderator: Rachel Carpenter, Syracuse University
      • Beautiful and Rotten: Matsui Fuyuko’s kusōzu series, Marta Fanasca, The University of Manchester
      • Fluid Materialities: Water, Women’s Bodies and Film Form in Leila Kilani’s Sur La Planche, Rebecca Moody, Syracuse University
      • Doing For Self: Muhammad Speaks and the Corporate Black Man of the Nation of Islam, Michael McLaughlin, Florida State University
      • Respondent: Dr. William Robert, Syracuse University
  • 2:15-3:45 p.m. Panel Session 4B, Falk College 201
    • The Good and the Ethical
      • Moderator: Diana Brown, Syracuse University
      • Two Sides of the Same Ring: Manifestations of Religion in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Cora Davis, Sam Houston State University
      • Karma and the Three-Fold Law: A Comparison of the Ethical Systems of Buddhism and Wicca, Humberto Perez, Florida International University
      • On Sacrifice: Medium of Social Flourishing or Social Decay?, Andrew J. Peterson, Princeton Theological Seminary
      • Respondent: Theresa Reeder, Syracuse University
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel Session 5A, Falk College 100
    • Authors Meet Critics: A Discussion of Place/No Place in Urban Asian Religiosity, edited by Dr. Joanne Punzo Waghorne (Springer Publishing, 2017)
      • Panelists:
        • Aarti Patel, Syracuse University
        • Andrew McKee, Florida State University
        • Terese Gagnon, Syracuse University
      • Responding:
        • Dr. Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Syracuse University
        • Dr. Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
        • Dr. Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University
        • Dr. Yohan Yoo, Seoul National University
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Keynote Address, Hall of Languages 107
    • Not Dark Yet: Billy, Bob, and the Rise and Fall of the American Century, Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. Reception, Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

The Graduate Committee acknowledges that our conference takes place on the occupied territory of the Onondaga Nation, Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Special thanks to:

  • The Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion
  • Dr. James W. Watts, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
  • Deborah Pratt, Syracuse University
  • Jacqueline Borowve, Syracuse University
  • Artwork by Rachel Carpenter, Syracuse University
  • All panelists and faculty respondents
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