Scholarship on the contribution of spiritual motivations in planning contemporary cities and, specifically, the use of design to support spiritual engagement and environmental health in the public realm. Speakers: Prof. Richard Jackson (UCLA), Prof. Rahul Mehrotra (GSD).
Jason Ānanda Josephson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Williams College
"His research explores the contested borderland between “religion” and “science.” He focuses on practices and beliefs often considered “superstitions,” and therefore frequently dismissed as worthy of consideration in the disciplinary formations of science and religion."
Scholarship on the history of cities planned according to spiritual motivations or principles. Cities in which ecological sustainability and spiritual well-being have enjoyed historical or ongoing reciprocity are of greatest interest. Speakers: Prof. Alex Krieger (GSD), Prof. David Carrasco (HDS), Prof. Ahmed Ragab (HDS).
Location: Science Center Lecture Hall E, Harvard University
Speaker: TJ Hinrichs , Associate Professor, History Department, Cornell University
"A central thread running through my research and teaching is the investigation of connections between intimate experiences such as illness and personal transformation; communal practices such as medical training and religious rites; and broader historical shifts such as the consolidation of the civil service examination system, commercialization and urbanization, the spread of printing, and the development of landscape painting."
Gayle Salamon specializes in phenomenology, gender and queer theory, critical theory and visual culture. She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) on embodiment and transgender subjectivity. Recent articles include “Transfeminism and the Future of Women’s Studies” in Women’s Studies on the Edge, (Joan Scott, ed., Duke University Press, 2008) and “Justification and Queer Method, or: Leaving Philosophy” in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol 24 No.