Events in UCIS

Monday, September 18

12:00 pm Workshop
Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council along with Department of Religious Studies; Provost’s Year of Diversity; Humanities Center; University Honors College; Department of Anthropology; Department of Sociology; Gender and Sexuality & Women’s Studies; Jewish Studies.
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2nd chapter of the book "Given to the Goddess: “Yellamma, Her Wives, and the Question of Religion.” and Lawrence Cohen, “The Gay Guru: Fallibility, unworldliness, and the scene of instruction”

Open to faculty and graduate students.

5:00 pm Lecture
Who and What is Sex for? Notes on Theogamy and the Sexuality of Religion
Location:
VENUE CHANGED TO: 5400 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council along with Department of Religious Studies, Provost’s Year of Diversity, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender and Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.
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Drawing on her own research into a contemporary South Indian practice in which girls are married to a goddess, as well as other ethnographies and histories, this talk takes up the question of sex in the house of religion. It traces a genealogy of the term sacred marriage as a category of comparative religion and considers the ways sex and religion have been produced as discrete from each other. Religious and sexual propriety are tied together, it argues, and religious practices or scenes organize, normalize, and naturalize forms of sexual conduct and misconduct thereby producing their possibilities and powers.

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

5:00 pm Lecture
“Cities at the Heart of Empire: On Life in Early Modern Urban Hubs”
Location:
VENUE CHANGED to: 3702 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center
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You're invited to attend this free lecture by Sanjay Subrahmanyam discussing the importance of cities in empires and the crucial roles they have played in the the facilitation of Early Modern Hubs. Dr. Subrahmanyam has played a leading role in re-entering Asia in larger discussions of the early modern world, and challenging the assumption that Europe was the sole conduit of modernity. Join us for the reception for a reception following the lecture as well!