The inaugural conference of October 2012 was a two-day event comprised of thematic panels that interrogated the relationship between religion and epistemic practices from a variety of disciplinary frameworks, employing a diverse array of methodological and analytical tools. Eighty students and early career scholars representing twenty-five graduate institutions from across the United States and beyond gathered to present their research.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Rebecca Sachs Norris, Professor of Religious & Theological Studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Dr. Norris received her Ph.D. from the University Professors at Boston University in Religious Studies and Anthropology. She was formerly an Instructor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. She and Richard Carp are currently co-editing the book series Studies in Body and Religion, published through Lexington books (Rowman Littlefield). Dr. Norris is the co-editor (with Dr. David Cave) of Religion and the Body: Modern Science and the Construction of Religious Meaning (Brill, 2012). She is also the co-author (with Dr. Nikki Bado-Fralick) of Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls (Baylor, 2010). Her published articles and chapters address topics such as neurobiology and emotion (Zygon, 2005); pain, suffering and religion (Religion, 2009); and religiotainment (religion, fun, and entertainment culture).
Dr. Norris’s keynotes address, titled “The Case of the Disappearing Body: Enculturation and Reflexivity as Embodied Knowledge and Means of Knowing,” discussed the importance of reflexivity in considering the embodied and encultured character of academic practices of knowledge.
Listen to the keynote here.
The inaugural conference was sponsored by:
Science, Religion, and Culture at Harvard Divinity School, Office for Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School, Office of Student Life at Harvard Divinity School, American Academy of Religion (New England/Maritimes Region), and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School