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Colloquium Calendar


The UCR Religious Studies Department’s Colloquium Speaker Series invites scholars on the leading edge of religious studies scholarship to talk with faculty and students about their upcoming or developing research. Curated by both faculty and graduate students within the department, the colloquium is open to all in our UCR community and beyond. Below you’ll find the information for the current Colloquium cycle.   

April 21st, 2022

11:00 am PST, in-person & zoom

Religious Studies Colloquium Speaker Series: Dr. Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University 

Dr. Johan Elverskog is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of Religious Studies, and, by courtesy, Professor of History. He has published widely on the history of Buddhism across Asia and is the author and editor of nine books and numerous articles, which have won several awards and also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. He is currently working on two projects. The first is a history of Buddhism among the Uygurs of northwest China. The second is an edited volume Sources of Mongol Tradition, which is a comprehensive collection of Mongolian works covering the development of Mongolian civilization from the earliest beginnings until today, and is under contract with the Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series of Columbia University Press.

April 28th, 2022

11:00 am PST, in-person & zoom

Religious Studies Colloquium Speaker Series: Dr. James McHugh, USC

Dr. James McHugh is Professor of South Asian religions at the University of Southern California. He is a scholar of pre-modern South Asian texts, history, and religions, working with sources in Sanskrit (also Pali and Prakrit), with a focus on cultural history and material culture. His research covers a long period, from several centuries BCE through the early second millennium CE. He works with sources in many genres, from literature to medicine, and also analyzes and translates texts produced by Hindus, Buddhist, and Jains. McHugh’s second book, An Unholy Brew: Alcohol in Indian History and Religion, is the first comprehensive monograph on the history of alcohol (and some drugs) in pre-modern India. Based on the study of texts in Sanskrit and related languages, along with fieldwork in India and China to study traditional fermentation methods, An Unholy Brew explores a huge range of topics, from the technology of ancient brewing to the theorization of alcohol and intoxication in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain legal texts.

May 26th, 2022

11:00 am PST, in-person & zoom

Religious Studies Colloquium Speaker Series: Dr. Yonatan Binyam, UCLA

Dr. Yonatan Binyam is a scholar of religions whose work investigates the intersections between religion and identity, especially the influence of Christian ideologies on the historical developments of anti-Semitism and race. He has researched the appropriation of Josephus’s Jewish War in late-antique Christianity, as well as the readaptations of Sefer Yosippon among medieval Coptic and Ethiopic Christians. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Society and Genetics, he is analyzing the modes of race-making (as the term is understood in premodern critical race studies) that occur within Christian discourses of late antiquity.