Columbia University Religion Graduate Students Association
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Conference Schedule


Pre-Conference Opening Conversation

Religion and Migration in the African Diaspora

Knox Hall, Room 509

1. Professor Randal Jelks, University of Kansas
2. Professor Lerone Martin, Eden Theological Seminary
3. Professor Frances Negron-Muntaner, Columbia University
4. Professor Carla Shedd, Columbia University
Moderator: Professor Josef Sorett, Columbia University

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER)
Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS)
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL)
Religions of Harlem


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Annual Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, Department of Religion

Movement, Migration, Missions and new Media across Religious Traditions

Kent Hall, Room 403

8:00am: Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:45am: Opening Remarks
Laura McTighe & Elizabeth Tinsley, Conference Coordinators, Columbia University
Professor Mark Taylor, Chair, Department of Religion, Columbia University

8:45-9:30am: Keynote Address
Professor Michael Jackson, Harvard Divinity School, "Migrant Imaginaries"

9:30-9:45am: Break

9:45-11:15am: PANEL 1: Formative Wanderings: Religion, Mobility, and Community
1. Torang Asadi (University of Kansas, Department of Religious Studies), "Walkers, Shepherds, Apostles: Movement in the Twelve Tribes Community"
2. Christopher C. Jones (College of William and Mary, Religion in the early American republic and Atlantic world), "In Search of the Land of Liberty: Methodist Migration and the Politics of Slavery, 1780-1805"
3. Daniel Murray (McGill University, East Asian Studies), "Chinese migrants, temple associations, and trans-dialect networks in colonial Singapore"
Respondent: Professor Michael Como, Columbia University

11:15-11:30am: Break

11:30-1pm: PANEL 2: The Religious Subject 'Transported': Negotiating Technologies of Mobility and Movement
1. Peter Bernard (Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations), "Three Journeys Under One Roof: The Case of the Sazae-dô in Early Modern Japan"
2. Kati Curts (Yale University, Religious Studies, American Religious History), "Temples and Turnpikes in the "World of Tomorrow": Religious Assemblage and Automobility at the 1939 New York World's Fair"
3. Shari Rabin (Yale University, American Religious History and Judaic Studies), "A Rabbi on the Railroads: Mobility and Religion in 19th Century America"
Moderator: Professor Jack Hawley, Barnard College

1-2pm: Lunch

2-3:30pm: PANEL 3: Media and Mission in Asia: Histories of Conversion
1. Joseph W. Ho (University of Michigan, History), "Moving Pictures, Mobile Religion: Vernacular Films, Protestant Missionaries, and Chinese Christians, 1930-1947"
2. Alexandra Kaloyanides (Yale University, Religious Studies, Asian Religions & American Religious History), "The Baptist and the Pagoda"
3. Kathryn Montalbano (Columbia University, Communications), "Mediating Messages in Uncharted Territory: Conceptualizing Profession in 13th-Century Franciscan Travel Narratives"
Moderator: Professor Gale Kenny, Barnard College

3:30-3:45pm: Break

3:45-5:15pm: PANEL 4: Across Time and Space: Mobility by Tradition
1. Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University, Anthropology), "'God Is Like an iPhone': New Media, Transcendence, and Authenticity among Brazilian Pentecostals in Japan"
2. Devaka Premawardhana (Harvard University, Anthropology of Religion / Global Christianity / African Studie), "The Influence of 'Traditional' Spatial Practices on Pentecostal Conversion"
3. Cara Rock-Singer (Columbia University, Department of Religion), "Reaching for God and the Next Generation: Texts, Mystics, and Old-World Magic"
Moderator: Professor Josef Sorett, Columbia University

5:15-5:30pm: Break

5:30-6:00: Closing Conversation
Laura McTighe & Elizabeth Tinsley, Conference Coordinators, Columbia University
with Professor Michael Jackson, Keynote Speaker, Harvard Divinity School

6:00-7pm: Reception

Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL)
With the support of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.