Conference Date and Location

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 8am to 9pm

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, 8am to 6:30pm

(Registration and Breakfast at 7:30am)

Harvard Divinity School

Andover Hall

45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA

Keynote Address

"Bioethics Rebound, Religion and Social Science as Social Practice"

Professor Sherine Hamdy, Brown University

Autonomy Module Address

"Autonomy Then and Now"

Professor David C. Lamberth, Harvard Divinity School

Ritual Module Address

"Ritual Disjunctions: Theories of Ritual from China and Elsewhere"

Professor Michael James Puett, Harvard University

The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School is hosting the Second Annual Graduate Conference on Religion. Following the success of last year's conference, this multi-day event will host 120 panelists comprising 30 thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. The conference aims at promoting interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and acting in relation to religion.

The keynote address, titled "Bioethics Rebound: Religion and Science as Social Practice," will be delivered by Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Kutayba Alghanim Professor of Social Science at Brown University.

This year’s conference will also feature two thematic modules: "Constructions of Autonomy in Early Modern and Modern Contexts" and "Ritual as a Category of Religious Experience." Several panels will be devoted to each module. David C. Lamberth, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Harvard Divinity School will present the module address on autonomy, and Michael James Puett, Chairs of the Committee on the Study of Religion and Professor of Chinese History at Harvard, will present the module address on ritual.

The Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion is a major initiative of Science, Religion, and Culture at Harvard Divinity School. The conference is also sponsored by the Northeast/Maritimes Region American Academy of Religion and the HDS Office of Student Life.

For information or questions regarding the conference, please contact Faye Bodley-Dangelo at