Welcome to SRC

Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) at Harvard Divinity School conducts interdisciplinary research and convenes forums to inform public and scholarly conversations on the interaction of scientific, religious, and cultural constructs around the world. Focusing on the anthropological, historical, philosophical, and theological dimensions, SRC investigates science and religion beyond given categories, carefully unpacking the production and consumption of these discourses and their interactions in many different socio-historical contexts. The program invites students, scholars, faculty, and members of the public to participate in our mission through various fellowship programs, public events, digital publication, and scholarly conferences. Join us!

 

Upcoming Events

Apr 22

Apr 22: A New Religion: The Cultural Narrative of Star Wars

Date: 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Location: 

Aeronaut Brewery - 14 Tyler St. Somerville, MA 02143

A collaborative event with the Cambridge Science Festival, Aeronaut Brewery, and SRC. 

How does the fan culture around Star Wars resemble a religion- with its founders, factions, neophytes, converts and apostates? The fervent love- and hate- that this series inspires in its fans, resemble rituals of practice, community and identity that we often speak of when talking about religions. We explore the reactions and ramifications of the decanonization of the extended Star Wars universe for the release of the 2015 Episode VII - and ask the fundamental question: why do we care? How has this series become so deeply important to so many?

The People vs. George Lucas film viewing after the panel discussion! 

Get your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-religion-the-cultural-narrative-of-star-wars-tickets-16439644419 

Apr 27

Apr 27- May 8: "Big Picture" Community Photography Exhibition

Date: 

Monday, April 27, 2015 (All day) to Friday, May 8, 2015 (All day)

Location: 

Andover Chapel

The "BIG PICTURE" is a collaborative project that employs photography as a conversational medium to explore the ways in which large issues, such as science and religion, are conceptualized and communicated. Partnering with a number of community organizations, the project has recruited numerous photographers, most of whom are experiencing homelessness, and invites them to consider these issues in part by photographing the every day subjects of their lives. The “BIG PICTURE” is invested in prioritizing perspectives that are so often marginalized in academic discourse.

Apr 30

April 29: Dissertation Dinner: "The French Death and the Holy Bark in Francisco Delicado's Portrait of Lozana, the Lusty Andalusian Woman

Date: 

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Rock 117

This paper critically engages two texts by the Spanish “New Christian” expatriate, Francisco Delicado: Portrait of Lozana, the Lusty Andalusian Woman (1514-1528) and The Method of Using the Wood from the Indies (1529). The former is a proto-picaresque novel and the latter is a medical treatise on the uses of Guaiacum, a Caribbean bark, believed during the first half of the sixteenth century to have miraculous healing powers.  My paper puts these texts into dialogue with medical literature at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, in order to advance a more nuanced understanding of the language surrounding the French Death and the Holy Wood.  In doing so, the paper aims to address the relationship between physical and moral health, blood purity and contamination in the Spanish Empire in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.    

Join us for a free dinner!