This seminar provides an opportunity to critically interrogate the categories of science, religion, and culture; the sociocultural and discursive processes that create and transform these categories; and the structures of authority attached to them. It sponsors conversations among scholars using anthropological, sociological, historical, and philosophical methods, with special interest in questions of race, gender, sexuality, and different strategies of inclusion and exclusion that transform the production and consumption of knowledge. For more information, visit the Science, Religion, and Culture website.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2018 - 19

Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Science, Religion, and Culture: Looking Ahead
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: A Book Talk by Professor Ahmed Ragab.
Banu Subramanian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lord Ganesha’s Plastic Surgeon: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism
Alisha Rankin, Tufts University
Condemned Bodies: Pope Clement VII’s Poison Trials on Criminals (1524)
Myrna Sheldon, Ohio University
Darwinism and the Fracturing of American Intellectual Life, 1975-2001
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Writing the History of an Armenian Feminist Century
Sophia Roosth, Harvard University
The Quick and the Dead
Sa'ed Atshan, Swarthmore College
Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique
Eli Nelson, Williams College
Making Native Science: Indigenous Epistemologies and Settler Sciences in the United States Empire
Ajantha Subramanian, Harvard University
The Colonial Career of Technical Knowledge

Past Events 2017 - 18

Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Reflections on Science and Religion
Fellows from the Science, Religion, and Culture Program
SRC Small Talks
Hannah Marcus, Harvard University
Creating an Index of Expurgations: The Censors at Work
Projit Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
Islamicate Embryology in the Early Modern Arakan: A Politico-Economic History
Doctoral Fellows in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program
SRC Prospectus Presentations
Eli Nelson, Science, Religion, and Culture Program
Repossessing the Wilderness: New Deal Frontier Sciences in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation
Durba Mitra, Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute
The Forensics of Female Sexuality
Gili Vidan, Harvard University
Nothing in the Middle: Crisis and Nostalgia in 1990s US Cryptographic Policy
Amy Moran-Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sugar High: Thresholds Between Religion and Medicine
Jacob Moses, Harvard University
Radical Regrets: Cancer Surgery, Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing, and the Role of Affect in Therapeutic Reversals
Katja Krause, Science, Religion, and Culture Program
New Horizons: Order and Experience in the Medieval Sciences of Soul and Body

Past Events 2016 - 17

Reception, Meet and Greet, and Brief Introductions
An Introduction to Science, Religion, and Culture
Jacob Moses, Harvard University
Rituals of Remorse in Biomedicine: Beyond the Professionalization and Secularization of Medical Responsibility
Efraim Lev, University of Haifa
Notebooks as Mediators Between Practical and Theoretical Medical and Pharmaceutical Knowledge in Judeo-Arabic Tradition
Alex Bevilacqua, Harvard Society of Fellows
The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment
Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Studying Up? – A Brief History of the "Religion of the Future"
Anya Bernstein, Harvard University
The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia
Manduhai Buyandelger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
From Secrecy to Flamboyance and in Between: Shamanism, Migration, and Organized Religion in Urban Mongolia
Burcu Mutlu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Moral Deliberations of Turkish Couples Secretly Seeking Anonymous Gamete Donation in Northern Cyprus
Kirsten Wesselhoeft, Vassar College
The Secular Classroom as Resource for Muslim Moral Formation in France
Jennifer Johnson, Brown University
Talk Title TBA
Elias Nelson, Harvard University
Negotiating Indigenous Expertise: Native Medicine and Anthropology in the United States Empire, 1866-1924
Kera Street, Harvard University
Purity for Sale: Virtuous Women in the Digital Marketplace
3rd Annual SRC Symposium
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Reflections on Science and Religion

Past Events 2015 - 16

Mara Block, Harvard University
Christian Sexual Subjects and Modern Care of the Soul
Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
A Problem of Culture: The Goldman Sachs Group in Crisis
Catherine Brekkus, Harvard University
Christopher Hoklotubbe, Andover Newton Theological Seminary
Courtney Lamberth, Harvard University
Ian Straughn, Brown University
Professionalization Seminar: Building a Family and an Academic Career
Elias Muhanna, Brown University
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard University
Alma Steingard, Harvard Society of Fellows
Professionalization Seminar: The Academic Job Market
Sophia Roosth, Harvard University
Faculty Work-in-Progress Lunch
Eva Payne, Harvard University
The Age of Consent Debates in the US and India
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Book Talk on The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity
Maryam Kamali, Harvard University
The Concept of Destiny in the Medieval Persian Historiography
Michael Lesley, Harvard Divinity School
Debating Circumcision in an Era of Human Rights
Adam Shapiro, Harvard University
Did Darwin Refute the Watchmaker?: Historical Myths at the Center of Science and Religion Debates
Jessica Dickson, Harvard University
Rebecca Lemov, Harvard University
Wythe Marschall, Harvard University
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard University
Kera Street, Harvard University
"Cultures" of Sciences, "Cultures" of Religions: What Remains of "Culture"?

Past Events 2014 - 15

Meet and Greet
David N. Livingstone, Queen's College in Belfast
The Climate of War: Violence, Warfare and Climatic Reductionism
David N. Livingstone, Queen's College in Belfast
2015 Dudleian Lecture: "Religious Encounters with Evolution: Place, Politics, Polemics"
(Un)Familiar Deaths: Politics of Death and Dying in the Contemporary World

Past Events 2013 - 14

Sherine Hamdy, Brown University
Bioethics Rebound: Religion and Science as Social Practice
Ellen Amster, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Healing the Body, Healing the Islamic Umma: Sufi Saints, God’s Law, and Corporeal Archaeologies of the Polity in Morocco
Scientific Orthodoxy

Past Events 2012 - 13

Andrew Jewett, Harvard University
"Narrating Science and Religion in Modern America"
Panel Discussion
Marcia C. Inhorn, Yale University
“Global Gametes: Reproductive Tourism and Islamic Bioethics in the High-tech Middle East”
TJ Hinrichs, Cornell University
“Rethinking Medicalization and Social Control Through an Eleventh-Century Chinese Lens”
K. Healan Gaston, Harvard Divinity School
“Parsing Science and Religion: The Niebuhr Brothers on Science and the Secular”
Alison Simmons, Harvard University
“Being Human: Mind-Body Union and the Limits of Cartesian Metaphysics, or, Making Sense of the Mind-Body Union”
Jason A. Josephson, Williams College
“The Science of the Gods and the Gods of Science: Producing Religions and Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Japan”