Past events

Spring 2017

Reformation and the City

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CREOR Annual General Meeting

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Indigenous legal traditions: the dilemmas of legibility

Lecture by Ronald Niezen, Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculty of Law and Department of Anthropology, McGill University

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The past, present, and future of Oriental Christians and their churches

Lecture by Christine Chaillot

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History of religion’s role in decolonizing sacred space: the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center

Lecture by Philip P. Arnold, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion, Syracuse University; Director of the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center

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Spring 2016

Book Launch at Paragraphe Books

Professor Lara Braitstein, Associate Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhsim, The Adamantine Songs: Study, Translation, and Tibetan Critical Edition

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Book Launch at Birks Heritage Chapel

Stuart A. Wright & Susan J. Palmer, Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities

Stuart A. Wright is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar. He is a former NIH Research Fellow (Yale) and Rockefeller Foundation Scholar (Bellagio, Italy). He is known internationally for his research on religious and political movements, conflict and violence.

Susan J. Palmer is a Canadian sociologist of religion. She is an Affiliate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches courses on religion and music history. She is a researcher in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Her primary research interest is in new religious movements, and she is the author of 11 books based on her research in this field.

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Zorba the Buddha: sex, spirituality, and capitalism in the global Osho movement

The wall of fire: Scientology and the study of religious secrecy

Lectures by Professor Hugh Urban, Department of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University

Hugh B. Urban is a professor of Religious Studies and South Asian Studies at Ohio State University. He is primarily interested in the study of secrecy in religion, particularly in relation to questions of knowledge and power. He is the author of nine books, including "Tantra: Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion" (2003), "The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion" (2011), and "Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement" (2016).

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Theosophy, translation, and the mediation of Hinduism

Lecture by Professor Gauri Viswanathan, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Gauri Viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has published widely on education, religion, and culture; nineteenth-century British and colonial cultural studies; and the history of modern disciplines. She is author of the award-winning books Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (Columbia, 1989; Oxford, 1998) and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity and Belief (Princeton, 1998). Prof. Viswanathan’s current work is on genealogies of secularism and the writing of alternative religious histories via Theosophy. She is a network partner in the international research project "Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism, and the Arts," funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the UK.

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Fall 2016

Ralph Cudworth and the problem of ancient theology in Cambridge Platonism

Lecture by Professor Douglas Hedley, Fellow of Clare College and Reader in Metaphysics and Hermeneutics, Cambridge University

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Indigenous pathways in education

Lecture by Professor Margaret Kovach, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan

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Fall 2015

2e Colloque International, Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion

Religion et Vérité: Taches et défies d’une philosophie de la religion a l’Age séculier

Adaptations of early Brahminical sacrificial traditions in Buddhist literature

Lecture by Professor S. S. Bahulkar

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Spring 2015

CERC Plenary

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: The Convergence of Historiography and Ethnography in Religious Studies

Religious Mutations in our Time?

Public event with Keynote speaker Charles Taylor

Rap Guide to Religion

Concert by Baba Brinkman

Spring 2014

Beatty Keynote Lecture and Plenary Lecture

Roger Scruton on 'The Experience of the Sacred as Lebenswelt'

Mark Dooley on 'Saving the Sacred: Roger Scruton Philosopher for Religion'

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Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564): the reformer of anatomy?

Public lecture co-sponsored by CREOR and Early Modern Conversions (SSHRC Partnership): CREOR Visiting Fellow, Helénè Cazes, Professor of French and Director of the Medieval Studies Programme, University of Victoria

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The atheist answered: religious apologetics in early modern England

Public lecture co-sponsored by CREOR and Early Modern Conversions (SSHRC Partnership): Kenneth Sheppard, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, History

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Evolution, cognition, and history

Invited Lecture sponsored by CREOR in collaboration with CERC Partnership (UBC) and the McGill Department of Psychology by Luther Martin

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Catholics and the 'neutral' state

The Newman Institute of Catholic Studies presents a public lecture by Professor Douglas Farrow, Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies

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"At peace with war": a chaplain's meditations from Afghanistan

Lecture by Captain Harold Ristau, Ph.D.

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Conversion: ontological and secular from Plato to Tom Jones

Lecture by Professor Wayne Hankey, Carnegie Professor and Chair of Classics and Religious Studies

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YouTube video

Fall 2014

Trying not to try: cooperation, trust, and the paradox of spontaneity

CREOR Guest lecture by Edward Slingerland, Professor Asian Studies, Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition, Director, Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC), University of British Columbia

The conversion of theodicy into morality in early modern thought

A CREOR lecture by Neil Robertson, Professor and Chair of the Early Modern Studies Program, University of King's College, Halifax

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