Meet our Faculty Respondents!

Meet our Faculty Respondents!

With the “Weaponizing Scripture?” conference only one week away we are pleased to announce the faculty who will be responding to the graduate student panels. Please click on each picture below to reach their faculty bio pages.

Panel 1: Scripture and the Passions
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Peter Ochs, Department of Religious Studies
Panel 2: Scripture and the State
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Shankar Nair, Department of Religious Studies
Panel 3: Scripture and Subversion
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Maurice Wallace, Department of English
Panel 4: Scripture: Who's In? Who's Out?
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Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Department of Religious Studies

For the conference schedule of events, click here.
To see a list of graduate presenters, click here.
For information on our plenary speaker, Ambassador Aref Nayed, click here.

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“Weaponizing Scripture?” Finalized Conference Schedule

“Weaponizing Scripture?” Finalized Conference Schedule

When does scripture serve as a resource for or against the communities that are formed by it? 

How is it instrumentalized for formational, popular, political, and/or polemical agendas?

How does scripture transform the character of the debates and purposes for which it is deployed?

Weaponizing Scripture? Flyer
Click on the poster above for a printable PDF version.

Sunday, March 22nd
Nau Hall 342 (unless otherwise noted)

12:00 pm — Registration and Opening Reception

12:30 pm — Introduction

12:45 pm — Panel 1: “Scripture and the Passions” 

⇒David Priddy, Wake Forest University – “Satiating and Starving the Yahwistic Imagination: The Weaponization of Food in the Elijah Cycle”

⇒Michael Carlson, Yale Divinity School – “The Violence of Shame: Sexuality and Luke 17:21 in Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Blankets”

⇒Sunil Kumar Yadav, University of Chicago Divinity School – “Mangalasutta: A Buddhist Blessing Persecuting Muslims in Myanmar”

Respondent: Peter Ochs, Department of Religious Studies

2:45 pm — Break

3:00 pm — Text Study

4:00 pm — Panel 2:  “Scripture and the State”

⇒Khadeega M. Gafar, American University of Cairo 

⇒Ben Dillon, Duke University – “Squelching the Double Vision: Hobbes’s Subversion of Sola Scriptura”

⇒Meg Stapleton Smith, Yale Divinity School – “Vision of Hope: Scripture in the Context of the Salvadoran Civil War”

Respondent: Shankar Nair, Department of Religious Studies

6:00 pm — Break

6:15 pm — Plenary Address by Ambassador Aref Nayed
“Scriptures As Operational Artifacts”
Location: Nau Lecture Hall 101, Open to the Public

8:00 pm — Dinner
Location: Nau Hall Manley Commons, Limited to Conference Participants and Invited Guests

Monday, March 23rd
Nau Hall 342 (unless otherwise noted)

9:00 am — Coffee and Pastries

9:30 am — Panel 3: “Scripture and Subversion”

⇒Valerie Landfair, Regent School of Divinity – “An African-American Pentecostal Reading of Hagar: Through the Aesthetics of Silence and the Politics of Recognition”

⇒Mark James, University of Virginia – “Origen, Power, and the Naturalness of Names”

⇒Ezra Blaustein, University of Chicago Divinity School – “The Hermeneutics of an Outsider: Torah, New Testament, and Quran in Simon Duran’s Bow and Shield”

⇒Ardaine Gooden, Howard University School of Divinity – “Male Violence: A Biblical Exploration of Male Rape and Sexual Assault”

Respondent: Maurice Wallace, Department of English

11:45 am — Lunch

1:15 pm — Panel 4:  “Scripture – Who’s In? Who’s Out?”

⇒Mitchell Chillcot, Duke Divinity School – “(De)weaponizing Scripture at Qumran”

⇒Matthew Goldstone, New York University – “Three Models of Wielding Lev. 19:17 in Antiquity”

⇒Christine Landau, University of Virginia – “In the interests of peace: Jews, gentiles and land management in Mishnah Peah”

⇒Evan Anhorn, Boston University – “Revealed Words and Subjunctive Worlds: The Uncreated Qur’an and the Order Transforming Power of God’s Speech”

Respondent: Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Department of Religious Studies

3:30 pm — Text Study
Location: Gibson 441

4:30 pm — Closing Reception
Location: Gibson 441


“Scriptures As Operational Artifacts” — Plenary Title Announced!

“Scriptures As Operational Artifacts” — Plenary Title Announced!

“Weaponizing Scripture?”–the 2nd annual graduate colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation and Practice–will convene at the University of Virginia on March 22-23, 2015.

On March 22nd at 6:15pm as part of this conference, Ambassador Aref Nayed will give the plenary lecture entitled: “Scriptures As Operational Artifacts” This plenary session will be held in Nau 101 and is open to the public.

For more information on the conference, see the conference schedule, paper panels, and graduate presenters.

Ambassador Aref NayedDr. Aref Nayed is the Libyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. This year, Ambassador Nayed was ranked among the top 50 most influential Muslims in the 2014/15 edition of The Muslim 500 published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan. During the Libyan revolution he was also the Chief Operations Manager of the Libya Stabilization Team, and before the liberation of Tripoli in 2011, he was appointed by the National Transitional Council of Libya as the coordinator of the Tripoli Taskforce.
In addition to his ambassadorial duties, Dr. Nayed is the founder and director of Kalam Research and Media, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan, Visiting Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Templeton Foundation. Among his past positions are professorships at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies in Rome and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia. His published works include Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011), and the forthcoming Catholic Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM) and The Future of Muslim Theology (Blackwell).
For more information on Dr. Nayed, visit his profile on Kalam Research and Media’s website.
Announcement: Plenary Speaker will be Ambassador Aref Nayed

Announcement: Plenary Speaker will be Ambassador Aref Nayed

We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Aref Nayed, the Libyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, is scheduled to be our plenary speaker at this year’s SIP graduate colloquium.

Ambassador Aref Nayed

This year, Ambassador Nayed was ranked among the top 50 most influential Muslims in the 2014/15 edition of The Muslim 500 published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan. During the Libyan revolution he was also the Chief Operations Manager of the Libya Stabilization Team, and before the liberation of Tripoli in 2011, he was appointed by the National Transitional Council of Libya as the coordinator of the Tripoli Taskforce.

In addition to his ambassadorial duties, Dr. Nayed is the founder and director of Kalam Research and Media, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan, Visiting Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Templeton Foundation. Among his past positions are professorships at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies in Rome and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia. His published works include Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011), and the forthcoming Catholic Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM) and The Future of Muslim Theology (Blackwell).

For more information on Dr. Nayed, visit his profile on Kalam Research and Media’s website.

Stay tuned for more information, including the title of Dr. Nayed’s presentation!