School of Divinity

Religious Studies

Wednesdays, 4.10-5.30pm, in Rainy Hall and Zoom/Microsoft Teams (*unless otherwise stated)

Please direct any queries to the convenor, Dr Arkotong Longkumer:

Semester 1: Autumn 2020

Date Speaker Topic

23 September 


Dr Arkotong Longkumer


Citizenship Amendment Act and the Greater India Experiment

***Jointly organised by Religious Studies and Centre for South Asian Studies***

7 October


Dr Naomi Appleton (Edinburgh)

Professor Andy Rotman (Smith College)

Professor Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth College)


Why study Buddhist stories?

***Hosted by Edinburgh Buddhist Studies***

21 October


Chair - Dr Arkotong Longkumer (Edinburgh)

Dr. Natalie Avalos (Asst. Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder): Indigenous stewardship, settler ecologies, and decolonization

Professor Greg Johnson (Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara): Learning more, saying less: ethnography, advocacy, and a (healthy) crisis of confidence

Prof. Philipp Schorch (Professor Museum Anthropology, Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität in Munich, Germany): Un/re doing museums beyond critique?

Advocacy, Indigeneity and Religion: A Panel Discussion 

4 November


Chair – Dr Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh) 

Dr. Bernadett Bigalke (Leipzig)

Dr Jörg Albrecht (Hannover)

From Life Reform to Holistic Spirituality: Themes and Issues

A round table on the soteriology and politics of natural and alternative healthcare and self-culture in European networks c. 1910-1965. 

18 November

*Rainy Hall

Dr. Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (University of Edinburgh, Social Anthropology)

Stalin’s Trial and Accountability of the Dead: Secular Law and Russian Orthodox Views

2 December 


End of semester social