WELCOME

 

The SOUTH ASIAN RELIGIONS COLLOQUIUM (SARC), generously supported by an anonymous donor, seeks to share ongoing, current scholarly research on topics in South Asian religions with Harvard students and faculty, as well as the wider Boston academic community. All talks are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you at our events during the 2019-2020 academic year!

UPCOMING SARC EVENTS

2019 Sep 12

Welcome/Welcome Back party!

Date: 

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

6 Sumner Road (Prof. Francis X. Clooney’s house)
Please join us for a Welcome/Welcome Back reception to usher in the new academic year!  If you are new to Harvard, this is a great opportunity to meet other students and faculty interested in South Asian religions. The event will be held at 6 Sumner Road (Prof. Francis X. Clooney’s house) and Indian refreshments will be served!
2019 Sep 26

Talk by Shankar Nair (University of Virginia)

Date: 

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Welcome to the first lecture event organized by SARC this year! Prof. Shankar Nair is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Virginia. His general field of interest is the religious and intellectual history of the Indian subcontinent, particularly as it relates to broader traditions of Sufism and Islamic philosophy, Qur'anic exegesis, and Hindu philosophy and theology (especially Advaita Vedanta and other forms of Hindu non-dualism).

For more information, please visit: https://religiousstudies.as.virginia.edu/faculty/profile/san2k

2019 Nov 07

Talk by Gil Ben-Herut (University of South Florida)

Date: 

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Prof. Gil Ben-Herut is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include pre-modern religious literature in the Kannada language, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, and the vernacularization of Sanskrit poetics and courtly poetry.

For more information, please visit: http://religious-studies.usf.edu/faculty/gbherut/

2019 Nov 21

Talk by Kate Hartmann (Harvard University)

Date: 

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Kate Hartmann is a PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies at the Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University. She works on Tibetan literature and intellectual history, focusing particularly on practices of reshaping vision. Her dissertation explores such practices, concentrating particularly on how language and landscape facilitate this goal in Tibetan pilgrimage literature. 

For more information, please visit: https://studyofreligion.fas.harvard.edu/people/catherine-hartmann

2020 Feb 06

Talk by Sophia Nasti (Harvard University)

Date: 

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Sophia Nasti is a PhD candidate in the South Asian Studies department researching premodern Tamil devotional poetry.  Over the past ten years, she has been back and forth to Tamil Nadu to study these hymns as literary classics and cornerstones of daily religious practice.

For more information, please visit: https://sas.fas.harvard.edu/people/sophia-nasti

2020 Feb 20

Talk by Hamsa Stainton (McGill University)

Date: 

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Hamsa Stainton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. He did his graduate work at Columbia University (Ph.D.) and Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S.) in the United States. He specializes in South Asian religions, particularly Hinduism, and has spent many years studying and traveling in South Asia.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/hamsa-stainton

2020 Mar 12

Talk by Anant Rambachan (Saint Olaf College)

Date: 

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Anantanand Rambachan is a Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies at Saint Olaf College. Prof. Rambachan has been involved in the field of interreligious relations and dialogue for over twenty-five years, as a Hindu participant and analyst.  He has contributed to numerous consultations and discussions convened by national and international organizations concerned with interreligious issues. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.stolaf.edu/profile/rambacha

2020 Apr 23

Talk by Srilata Raman (University of Toronto)

Date: 

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CSWR

Srilata Raman is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada. Her interests include Sanskrit and Tamil intellectual formations in South India from pre-colonial times to modernity, Yoga and Ayurveda, Srivaishnavism, and Sanskrit and Tamil commentarial literature. 

For more information, please visit: https://religion.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/srilata-raman/