Program

10.10–10.20  Welcome (Barbara Krawcowicz)

 

10.20–11.50 Talking about J. Z. Smith

10.20–10.50
Is J. Z. Smith a Nominalist ... a Pragmatist ... or a Constructionist?
Does It Even Matter?
Indrek Peedu
(University of Tartu)

10.50–11.20
An Uneasy Silence:
Jonathan Z. Smith and the divorce of Race from Power
Craig Prentiss
(Rockhurst University)

11.20–11.50
The Glory Jest and Riddle:
Jonathan Z. Smith and an Aesthetic of Impossibles
Sam D. Gill
(University of Colorado)

 

11.50–12.05 Coffee break


12.05–13.05 J. Z. Smith and Me
Keynote
Aaron Hughes
(University of Rochester)

 

13.05–14.15 Lunch

 

14.15–15.45 J. Z. Smith in the Classroom

14.00–14.30

Principles of Pedagogy: Thinking with Smith in the Introductory Classroom
Andie Alexander
(Emory University)

14.30–15.00
Making Room for ‘This Sort of Religion:’
Can Religious Education Incorporate Reflexivity?
Kornel Zathureczky and Jack C. Laughlin
(University of Sudbury)

15.00–15.30
Teching J. Z. Smith in Scandinavia
Gabriel Levy
(NTNU)

15.45–16.00 Coffee break

 

16.00–17.30 Comparing with J. Z. Smith

16.00–16.30
Blending ontologies and epistemologies
Jeppe Sinding Jensen
(Aarhus University)

16.30–17.00
The Semantics of Comparison in J. Z. Smith
Mark Q. Gardiner and Steven Engler
(Mount Royal University)

17.00–17.30
J. Z. Smith, Comparison, and Jewish Theology
Barbara Krawcowicz
(NTNU)

 

19.00 Dinner

10.10–11.40 Applications of J. Z. Smith Part 1

10.10–10.40
Old Tibetan Prayer:
An investigation into native taxonomic categories
Lewis Doney
(NTNU)

10.40–11.10
Theorizing Brahmanical Ritual from an Indian Buddhist Perspective
Nicholas Witkowski
(Nanyang Technological University)

11.10–11.40
Multiple Magdalenas:
Locative and Utopian Orientations in an Indigenous Community
divided by an International Border
Seth Schermerhorn
(Hamilton College)

 

11.40–11.55 Coffee break

 

11.55–13.25 Applications of J. Z. Smith Part 2

11.55–12.25 Imagining the Past: A Case Study of Double Archaeology
Vaia Touna
(University of Alabama)

12.25–12.55
Orphism: the whole created of fragments.
The role of suffix –ism in formation of religious categories
Lech Trzcionkowski
(Jagiellonian University)

12.55–13.25
When no Magic Dwells
Andrew Durdin
(Florida State University)

 

13.25–14.40 Lunch

 

14.40–16.10 Final discussion: Thinking beyond J. Z. Smith
Led by Barbara Krawcowicz

 

16.45–17.45 Nidarosdomen Guided Tour (optional)

 

19.00 Dinner