Religious studies 2015

Wednesdays, 4pm - 5:30pm, Room 1.07

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held on Wednesdays, 4-5.30pm, in Room 1.07, New College. Please direct all queries to the convenor,  Dr Nina Fischer –

Semester 1

Date Seminar
23/9/2015 Welcome event. Refreshments provided.
30/9/2015 ‘The dark green kirk? Interrogating stereotypes about religious communities and environmentalism in Scotland through GIS’, Dr Jeremy Kidwell (Edinburgh)
7/10/2015 ‘Contending with charisma: dreams, Christianity, and authoritative knowledge among the Angami Naga in Northeast India’, Michael Heneise (Edinburgh PhD student)
14/10/2015 Religion and Politics as Modern Fictions’, Dr Timothy Fitzgerald (Stirling)
21/10/2015 Panel Discussion: Religion, Story and Material Culture     MARTIN HALL with contributions from staff across the School of Divinity
28/10/2015 ‘Researching a Women's Interfaith Book Group: Confronting the Religious Other, Asserting the Religious Self’, Louise Gramstrup (Edinburgh PhD student)
4/11/2015  ‘Death's Ritual-Symbolic Performance: Continuity and Change in Southern Africa’, Dr Rebekah Lee (Goldsmiths; visiting IASH fellow)
11/11/2015 ‘The rhetoric of an impossible ontology: Buddhist dogma, ritual practice and the ninth-century Japanese state’, Dr Ian Astley(Edinburgh)
18/11/2015 ‘“My Druid is Christ”: Pagan past and Christian present in early Irish devotional poetry’, Dr Alexandra Bergholm (Visiting Research Fellow, Edinburgh)
25/11/2015 ‘Locating Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches: reconstructing migration, personal ambition, and religious leadership at the beginning of the twentieth century’, Dr Hannah Holtschneider (Edinburgh)
02/12/2015 Public Lecture, 5.30-6.30pm, MARTIN HALL, followed by a reception Asian Religions Network Annual Lecture: “Asian Religions - Boundaries, Connections, Identities” Prof. Charles Orzech (Glasgow University) – ‘Asian Religions and World Religions: Reflections on Taxonomy and the Study of Buddhist Liturgy’

Semester 2

Date Seminar
13/1/2016 ‘Hizbullah’s Politics: Identity, ethics, and the problem of the past’, Dr Bashir Saade (University of Edinburgh)

Book Launch ‘Memory Work: The Second Generation’ – Dr Nina Fischer (University of Edinburgh) in conversation with Prof Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow) and Dr David Kaufman (University of Edinburgh) about ‘Memory Studies between past and future’

Please note: This event will take place at 5pm in IASH, Hope Park Square, and will be followed by a wine reception. It is jointly organized with IASH, the Centre for Modern Conflict, and the Jewish Studies Network.


‘Use and Misuse of history in inter-religious encounters: a glance into contemporary attitudes in academia towards Islam’, Dr Bahar Davary (University of San Diego)

Please note: The event starts at 3:30pm


John Willmett (Edinburgh PhD student) – tba


Panel Discussion: Stories from the Margins MARTIN HALL

With contributions from staff across the School of Divinity


‘The rhetoric of an impossible ontology: Buddhist dogma, ritual practice and the ninth-century Japanese state’, Dr Ian Astley (University of Edinburgh)


–‘Roman Catholic–Buddhist dual belonging: imagining the impossible?’

 Please note: This seminar will take place 11:10 -12:50pm in Martin Hall and is jointly organized with the Theology and Ethics Research Seminar and the World Christianity Research Seminar.


‘Religion, Space and Conflict: The Case Study of Sri Lanka’, Dr Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University)


- ‘Conceptualising Religious Exoticism and Bricolage’, Dr Véronique Altglas (Queen’s University Belfast)


 ’Twelve-step Addiction Recovery: Troubling the Redemptive Metanarrative’, Dr Wendy Dossett (University of Chester)


 Edgar Astaire Lecture 2016, 5.30-6.30pm, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, Garnethill Synagoge, Glasgow followed by a reception

Dr Kenneth Collins (Glasgow) – ‘Poles and Jews in Wartime Edinburgh’