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August 2019 Workshop

August 5-6, 135 Nicholson

Locating Religion(s): Cartography, Mapping, and Territory in the Study of Religion

This two-day workshop for faculty and graduate students will examine a variety of efforts to cartographically represent the spatial situations of religious communities, interrogate mapping methodologies and assumptions, consider the benefits and limitations of mapping for advancing the academic study of religions, and offer strategies for using maps and mapping in the classroom.
This workshop is offered at no charge by the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota. Registration is required and can be done online through this link:

Monday, August 5

9:00      Continental breakfast meet and greet
9:30      Welcome and Introductions
9:45      Session I. Shared readings and identifying discussion issues – TBA (readings will be distributed prior to the workshop)
10:30    Break
10:45    Session II. Jan Volek (HIST), Religious Life in Central Europe, 1470–1530
11:30    Session III. Noam Sienna (HIST), Mapping a Sephardi Intellectual World
12:15    Lunch break
1:15      Session IV.  Eric Becklin (HIST), Mapping Lutheran Missions in China
2:15      Break
2:30      Session V.  Richard Bohannon (Metro State) Cartography, Lies, and Religions: How Maps Distort and Illuminate Our Understanding of Religious Traditions
3:30      Summarizing Conversation
4:00       Adjourn


Tuesday, August 6

9:00       Continental breakfast meet and greet
9:30       Session VI.  Chris Saladin (HIST) and Melinda Kernick (LIBRARY) Pedagogies in Locating Religion: Using Story Maps in the Classroom
11:30     Lunch break
1:00       Session VII. Jeanne Kilde (RELS) Walking tour of historical religious sites in Cedar-Riverside
                 Meet at the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge (upper level)
2:30       Concluding conversation.  West Bank location TBA.



Past Workshops

2018. Religious Space as Sites for Interaction: A Workshop for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Scholars

2016. Talking About Religion

2015. Teaching about Religions in Public

2014. Nature, Ways of Knowing, and Moral Commitment: A Conversation on Religion, Science and the Anthropocene
Guest speaker: Lisa Sideris (Indiana University)

2013. Global Religious Issues in Local Context: Relationships among Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Hindus
In partnership with the Institute for Global Studies

2012. Mystical Experience: Problems in Theory, Research, and Pedagogy

2011. Anticipating Apocalypse:  An Interdisciplinary Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students
Guest speaker:  John Hall (UC-Davis)

2010. Text and Orality in the Study of Religion
Guest speaker: Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago)

2009. Ethical, Methodological, and Pedagogical Challenges in the Empirical Study of Religion
Guest speaker: Robert Orsi (Northwestern University)

2008. Interdisciplinary Pedagogies in Teaching about Religion
Guest speaker: Tomoko Masuzawa (University of Michigan)