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RelSec’s final visiting scholar for the semester, Eric Santner, the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, held a workshop and a public lecture on the 24th of October. Dr. Santner’s workshop focused on selections from his most recent book The Royal Remains (2011) and was held in the Modern Languages building from 10am-noon. Later...
RelSec member and UA English Department faculty member Matthew Abraham engineered Timothy Brennan’s visit; Brennan conducted a workshop, a public lecture, and a roundtable discussion with students on the future of English studies—quite a lot for a two day visit! On Wednesday October 15th, Dr. Timothy Brennan (Professor of Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and English at the University of...
Today, Faisal Devji conducted a workshop on two chapters from his books, the first called “GWOT,” or global war on terror from The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics, and the second called “Leaving India to Anarchy” from The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence. The workshop was held in Modern Languages and well attended by faculty as well as a...
Associate Professor, English Matthew Abraham is an Associate Professor of English, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition and the Teaching of English. His publications have appeared in JAC: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics, Cultural Critique, South Atlantic Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, and Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. ...
Dr. Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History. He is the Director of the Asian Studies Centre. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the...
Building on the momentum of the project’s first year, RelSec returned to the University of Arizona for its first meeting of the new academic year. It was nice to see so many returning faces, as well as welcoming some new ones, including Max Strassfeld (Religious Studies) and Kamran Talattof (Middle Eastern and North African Studies). Though she was in Chile, Melissa Fitch Skyped in to the meeting...
This year, there will be some crossover between RelSec and the UA English Department program, with members of our project both assisting with organization as well as delivering presentations. Lee Medovoi will lead off the program’s opening schedule on September 5th. Convergences is dedicated to widening conversations across English Department boundaries—and boundaries beyond the department—by...
Aida Wong The group at work. Albert Welter and Ernst Van den Hemel An appreciative crowd. Roundtable talks. Ho Pui Yin. Lee Medovoi and Shaul Setter. Marcia Klotz. Lee Medovoi.
Fourteen scholars from the RelSec project, including five from the University of Arizona, traveled to Hong Kong to present at the annual Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes conference. Four members presented and their papers are listed here: Conservative Appeals to Religion and Nationalism in Contemporary Debates Concerning Citizenship and the European Union, Ernst van den Hemel,...

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RelSec is comprised of five partner sites situated in universities around the world. The participating centers conduct parallel research projects whose exact shape reflects the distinct missions of the centers and research profiles of the teams. All will include some combination of public presentations and events, faculty workshops, and/or curricular initiatives, such as the development of team-taught courses on secularism, religion, and political belonging.
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