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Looking Ahead to Spring 2017

Looking Forward to the Spring 2017 Semester

January 19, 2017

In my last semester as Director (I step down in June), I am just back from three weeks in India — in keeping with the happy but exhausting way we tend to spend the precious weeks of January. I went first to Chennai, which I have been visiting since 1982, primarily to participate in two conferences marking the 1000th birth anniversary of the great Hindu theologian Ramanuja. Both conferences brought together international and local scholars to explore the writings and legacy of Ramanuja, his Srivaisnava tradition, and to inquire into his relevance for today.

CSWR community members

Worlds of Religion at Harvard

November 18, 2016

By facilitating connections with the Harvard community and beyond, the CSWR convenes conversations about cutting-edge research.

Picture of Laura Anne Thompson, PhD Candidate in Religion and Anthropology.

Blasphemy Cases in Post-Arab-Spring Tunisia (2011-2013)

October 26, 2016

On October 26th, CSWR resident Laura Thompson presented on archival research relating to her larger dissertation project, which looks at a series of blasphemy cases in post-Arab-Spring Tunisia (2011-2013). Laura framed her talk by asking residents to consider the purchase of "semiotic ideologies" (Webb Keane's term) and "moral injury" (Saba Mahmood's term), two terms used to understand some Muslims' anger in the wake of the Danish cartoon and Charlie Hebdo controversies.