CSRS Summer Lecture Series -
All lectures are at 10:30 a.m. in the Harry Hickman Building, Room 116
The IPJ method is a distinctive journaling process for those in challenging life circumstances, refreshing a life path or seeking spiritual consonance. In this lecture, I provide an overview of Progoff’s journal method, process theory, workshop structure and applied practice. Included will be some reflections on IPJ applications for life transition and personal spiritual replenishment.
Bill Israel is a recent Community Sabbaticant at CSRS. Formerly a United Methodist minister and group and family therapist, Bill has undertaken a comprehensive study of Progoff’s complete literary oeuvre, including his Personal Journal workshop process.
Wednesday, June 18
From Tekke to Cemevi: The Conversion of Sufi Lodges into Alevi Meeting Places in Istanbul
Angela Andersen, The Ohio State University, PhD Candidate; CSRS Visiting Graduate Research Fellow
In the last twenty years, the Muslim minority community of Alevis in Turkey has adapted a number of defunct Sufi lodges for religious, social and educational uses. This modern conversion of Islamic architecture by another Islamic community is the product of religious, architectural, social, and political concerns that extend back to the Ottoman Empire.
Angela Andersen is a PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University in the History of Art Department. Her work examines the intra-religious interactions that take place via the architecture of the Islamic world.
Wednesday, June 25
Becoming Indigenous and Baha’i in Global North America
Chelsea Horton, University of British Columbia, CSRS Associate Research Fellow
This talk explores the little-known history of how and why some Indigenous people in North America joined the Baha’i religion (a mid-nineteenth-century religion of Iranian origin) during the second half of the twentieth-century. The process of becoming Baha’i, Horton argues, was at once a process of becoming Indigenous.
Chelsea Horton has a PhD in history from the University of British Columbia. She has taught and published on the history of Indigenous religious encounters in Canada and is currently an Associate Fellow at the CSRS.
These lectures are free and open to the public.
Charting Imperial Itineraries, 1914-2014: Unmooring the Komagata Maru
Thursday, May 15th, 2014 – Friday, May 16th, 2014
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the arrival and subsequent forcible return of the Komagata Maru and the ship’s 376 Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu migrants. This workshop is guided by themes of ‘charting imperial itineraries’ and ‘unmooring the Komagata Maru’.
Framed by three overarching academic focuses – global imperial histories, local and global encounters of imperialism, and transnational legacies of the Komagata Maru across time – this workshop aims to explore a number of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary narratives that relate to the Komagata Maru’s history and experience.
REGISTER - Registration is currently OPEN. The deadline to register is: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.
Why Aśoka (and Therefore the Buddha and Mahāvīra) Should Be Older Than We Take Him (/Them) To Be
Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 am - 12:20 pm
MacLaurin, Room D105, University of Victoria
Most historians have placed Aśoka well-known as the patron and propagator of Buddhism, in third century B.C. and assigned him a reign period of 269/268-233/232 B.C. They have done this, mainly or ultimately, on the basis of two rock edicts ascribed to Aśoka which refer to five rulers to the west of Aśoka’s domain: Antiochus II Theos, ruler of Syria and Western Asia, 261-246 B.C., Ptolemy II Philadelphus, ruler of Egypt, 285-247 B.C., Antigonus Gonates, ruler of Macedonia, 278-239 B.C., Magas, ruler of Cyrene, 300-258/250 B.C., and Alexander, ruler of Epirus, 275-255 B.C. (or Alexander, ruler of Corinth, 252-247 B.C.). However, I will point out that it is not certain that the edicts meant Aśoka as a contemporary of Antiochus et al. When the evidence is objectively
and collectively analyzed, it seems more justifiable to proceed on the assumption that Aśoka ruled much earlier than is commonly stated at present. This conclusion affects the dating of the Buddha, usually accepted to be 100 or 218 years earlier than Aśoka, and the dating of Mahāvīra, usually taken to be a pre-Buddha founder of historical Jainism.
Ashok Aklujkar is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. There he taught courses in Sanskrit language and in the related mythological and philosophical literatures (occasionally also in Indian belles lettres in general) from 1969 to 2006. Advanced students have worked under his guidance in the areas of Buddhist and Brahmanical philosophy, religion, and mythology. His published research is mostly in the areas of Sanskrit linguistic tradition and poetics. He has been a visiting professor at Hamburg, Harvard, Rome, Kyoto, Paris, Oxford and Marburg.
Supported by: UVic's Religious Studies, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, Greek and Roman Studies and Pacific and Asian Studies.
Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC
MEICON-BC 2014 Conference
Sixth Annual Student Conference
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Middle Eastern and Islamic Communities across Disciplines
The annual MEICON-BC Student Conference provides a space for graduate and senior undergraduate students to examine and explore diverse issues and factors affecting Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and communities from multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives. DETAILS
Learn more about MEICON HERE
The Ottoman Front: The Great War in the Middle East
Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 pm.
Bob Wright Building, Room B150.
Tuesday, March 4
As part of IdeaFest 2014, this forum will explore the lessons that can be learned for Canadian democracy from the Quebec case. Join Colin Macleod (Philosophy & Law) as he facilitates a lively panel discussion with four of UVic’s leading researchers on issues of religion, human rights, democracy and law. Students, scholars and community members are invited to engage with experts Paul Bramadat (CSRS), Avigail Eisenberg (Political Science), Cindy Holder (Philosophy) and Jeremy Webber (Law) in a Q&A session following the panel discussion. UVic, Fraser Building, Room 152, 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 6
This lecture is also part of The John Albert Hall Lecture Series and features expert perspectives on the changing role of religion in contemporary society. Please see HERE for more information
The Saint John’s Bible - Heritage Edition
Found in translation Collection - Inaugural text
Saturday, February 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
The City TalksA distinguished lecture series co-sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.
Religion and the CityJoin scholars for public presentations and discussions of the conflicts, pleasures, and politics of city life.
October is Islamic History Month
MEICON - Annual Middle East Film Festival at Cinecenta .
Inch'Allah (Canada, 2012, 101 mins.) November 19, 7:00 & 9:10pm
The Attack (Lebanon, 2012, 105 mins.) November 26, 7:00 & 9:10pm
Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 mins.) December 1, 3:00 & 7:00 & 9:00pm; December 2, 3 & 4, 7:00 & 9:00pm
Bishop's Distinguished Lecture 2013
Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada
Mary Anne Waldron, QC
An Initiative of the UVic Catholic Chaplain & Sponsored by the Diocese of Victoria.
Friends, Foes or Fools? Muslim Views of the Crusaders
Sponsored by MEICON
Niall Christie, Langara College
The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo
Sponsored by UVic's History in Art, Medieval Studies, the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and MEICON
Bernard O’Kane, American University of Cairo
Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30 pm.
Cornett Building, room A125.
CSRS Summer Lectures
Wednesday, June 26
The Verbal Exchange between Noah and his People in the Qur’an
Abdelmadjid Benhabib, University of Tlemcen, Algeria, CSRS Visiting Research Fellow
Wednesday, July 10
On the Concept of the Face: Regarding the Son of God - Contemporary Theatre and the Secular Moment
Megan Macdonald, University of London, CSRS Visiting Research Fellow
Wednesday, July 24
Offering Origins, Abdicating Analysis: A Response to the Scholarly Discourse on “Slave Religion”
K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama, CSRS Visiting Research Fellow
All lectures are at 10:30 a.m. in the Harry Hickman Building, Room 110.
These lectures are free and open to the public.
South of Heaven: Religion and Heavy Metal
June 7-8, 2013, UVic Student Union Building / Fine Arts 103
2013 Community Seminar: Catholic Legacies in VictoriaTue-Wed, May 28-29, 2013
UVic Mearns Centre for Learning, St Ann’s Academy, Royal BC Museum Details
Saturday, March 23, 2013. 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Engineering/Computer Science Building, room 125.
MEICON 5th Annual Student Conference - On the Middle East and the Islamic World
Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm
Religion, Rights and Political Upheaval: Global Currents
Harry Hickman Building, Room 105
The jailing of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the resurgence of religious protests in Northern Ireland, and demonstrations sparked by an American pastor’s burning of the Qur’an remind us of the religion tensions that exist between in liberal societies. A panel of UVic scholars will examine current global contexts in which religion, rights and politics create often explosive controversies.
Moderator: Paul Bramadat, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
Free and open to the public.
A $2.25 evening parking fee is in effect.
Café Scientifique - If Spirituality Matters to the Dying, Shouldn't it also Matter to Their Health Care Providers?Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Sticky Wicket Pub - Maple Room
What does it mean to be “spiritual but not religious", especially at the end of life? UVic researchers Paul Bramadat (Centre for Studies in Religion and Society) and Kelli Stajduhar (Centre on Aging) invite the public to bring their questions and ideas to
this café-style conversation on “matters of the spirit” in hospice palliative care. Poster
Presented by Paul Bramadat, PhD & Kelli Stajduhar, PhD.
This is a free event and seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-721-6369.
Light refreshments are provided & food may be ordered from the Sticky Wicket menu. Full bar available.
Speaking our Loss, Sharing Our Journeys:
Second-Generation Writers on the Holocaust
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:30 pm
Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St., Victoria
Admission: $10/ $5 students and seniors
Join Canadian authors Jacquie Buncel and Isa Milman as they share reflections on the artistic process and its role in helping to create meaning and value from the experience of growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust.
An evening of stories, poetry and discussion moderated by UVic professor of Germanic studies Charlotte Schallié.
Photo: Milman family to America, 1950
Toronto writer Jacquie Buncel is the author of the 2010 poetry collection Turning the Corner at Dusk (Wolsak and Wynn). Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Fireweed, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Kalaidescope: An International Journal of Poetry, and numerous anthologies.
"...a searing collection of poetry."
Isa Milman, a Victoria-based poet and visual artist, is a two-time winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis, 2005) and Prairie Kaddish (Coteau, 2008). Her most recent book is Something Small to Carry Home (Quattro, 2012).
"Milman’s images 'glimpse the stars' despite the darkness..."
|Charlotte Schallié, from the UVic Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, specializes in the study of post-1945 German, Swiss and Austrian literature and film, and theories of diasporic and postcolonial writing. She is co-director of the I-Witness Holocaust Field School.|
We gratefully acknowledge funding support for this event from the League of Canadian Poets, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the I-Witness Holocaust Field School Project.
University of Victoria Keynote Lecture in Religious Diversity:
Religious Communities as Legal and Political Orders
Jeremy Webber, UVic Faculty of Law
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7:00 pm
David Lam Auditorium (MacLaurin A144)
All of the Victoria community is invited to this keynote lecture by UVic law professor Jeremy Webber as the opening event for the Governance of Religious Diversity in China, India and Canada International Symposium.
Religion in liberal societies is generally conceived to be an individual affair. But religions also unite believers in communities that have their own normative languages and means of settling disputes – in effect, their own law. In accommodating religion, governments are often being asked to make room for a rival source of authority. Some states – indeed some citizens – find this challenge to be deeply troubling, while for others such accommodations are easier to make. These reactions explain much of the variation in the governance of religious diversity worldwide.
Professor Jeremy Webber holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society at the UVic Faculty of Law, where he is director of the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism (Demcon). He has published widely in the fields of legal and political theory, comparative law and Indigenous rights. Professor Webber’s recent publications include Storied Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community (with Hester Lessard and Rebecca Johnson, UBC Press, 2011) and Between Consenting Peoples: Political Community and the Meaning of Consent (with Colin McLeod, UBC Press, 2010). He holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law School, and from 1998-2002 served as Dean of Law at the University of Sydney.
Free and open to the public. A $2.25 evening parking fee is in effect. Visit the UVic Events Calendar for more details.