Research Workshops

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)