The Place of Religion in Film

March 30, 2017

The Place of Religion in FilmMarch 30 – April 1, 2017 with plenary speaker Joaquim Pinto, director of What Now? Remind Me (2013). Graciously hosted by Syracuse University, as part of the Ray Smith Symposium Series.

Kandace Geldmeier defends her dissertation and earns her PhD

December 22, 2016

Kandace S. Geldmeier, earned her PhD in December 2016 with a dissertation entitled "Religiosity in Secular Spaces: Perinatal Bereavement Rituals in the Hospital." She was was recently invited to give the Samuel G. Dunn Lecture in Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Her lecture was titled, "Medical Intimacies: Pregnant Embodiment, Bereavement Rituals and Religion."

Michael Chaness defends his dissertation and earns his Ph.D.

December 20, 2016

Michael E. Chaness,  earned his Ph.D from the Graduate School at Syracuse University for his dissertation, "Brothers in Blood: The Significance of Land and Loss in the Creation of Jewish and Native American Ethnic and Religious Identity" (directed by Prof. Philip Arnold and in collaboration with Chief Jesse Jacobs of the Onondaga Nation).

Margaret Susan Thompson has published "Circles of Sisterhood"

Margaret Susan Thompson, Associate Professor

October 25, 2016

Margaret Susan Thompson (Associate Professor) has written "Circles of Sisterhood: Formal and Informal Collaboration among American Nuns in Response to Conflict with Vatican Kyriarchy" in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol. 32, No. 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 63-82.

Mallory Hennigar has been awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship

Mallory Hennigar

August 29, 2016

Mallory Hennigar (Ph.D. Student) has been awarded an American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship for the 2017-18 year to pursue her dissertation fieldwork. Her research focuses on transnational influences of rising middle class Dalits' practice of Buddhism in Nagpur, Maharashtra.  

Carson Webb is now Assistant Professor at Eureka College

March 30, 2016

Carson Webb (Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (tenure-track, beginning fall 2016) at Eureka College, where he will teach courses on philosophy of religion, the history of religious thought, global religions, biblical studies, and interdisciplinary courses in religious studies. Carson says, "I'm grateful for the education I received at Syracuse. More than once during my interviews I was able to draw from the knowledge, skills, and virtues I cultivated in the Ph.D. program, including the Future Professoriate Program, to offer a global and interdisciplinary perspective that made me stand out from other candidates. I needed to converse with the hiring committee and other faculty members not only about my research on Kierkegaard and modern religious thought but also about multiple religious traditions in relation to various fields and disciplines. Syracuse's program was instrumental in helping me navigate this process successfully."

Musicologist Guy Beck has received a Fulbright to India

February 1, 2016

Musicologist Guy Beck (Ph.D., 1989), an adjunct lecturer in the Tulane University School of Continuing Studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to India in the field of music studies. His grant will involve research into Hindustani classical vocal music at Sangeet Ashram in Kolkata, in West Bengal.  Beck has taught courses in world music, world religions, and religion and music. He also teaches Buddhism for the Tulane Department of Philosophy and plans to return in the fall.

Beck is one of over 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement.  This is his second Fulbright fellowship, having previously been awarded in the 2009–2010 academic year to research the history and performance of Agra Gharana.

For more information, please visit "Musicologist receives second Fulbright-Nehru award"

Students & Faculty present at the New York Conference of Asian Studies

September, 24 2016

On Saturday September 24, Mallory Hennigar, Julie Edelstein, Dimple Dhanani, and Sujata Bhattacharya comprised a panel “Globalization and Transnational Networks in South Asian Religious Worlds: Vaishnav, Shaivite, and Ambedkarite Traditions” with a response by Joanne Waghorne at the New York Conference on Asian Studies held at Utica College. The audience was sparse but the papers spirited as the presence of the deities and our ancestors nonetheless filled the room.

"At Home on the Margins," A profile of Ann Gold was published in the Journal of Religion and Society

Ann G. Gold (Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion) Dr. Gold’s work as an anthropologist of religion was selected as a focus for a portrait by the Journal of Religion and Society: Advances in Research. "At Home on the Margins" is a wonderful piece on her life and work with tributes to her and her accomplishments by such notables as Kirin Narayan and Edward Simpson. The issue will not be available in the University library until next year; however, a PDF of the work is available via e-mail request to Dr. Gold.