Lisa Sideris was a visiting scholar during part of fall 2018 at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia, at the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT). She participated in a workshop held at PaCT on Theology and Ethics in the Anthropocene and presented a public lecture. Her workshop contributions included presentations on the implicit theology of the Anthropocene, and the ethics of de-extinction technologies, while her public lecture addressed the topic of “Religion and World-Making: From Earthrise to Astrobiology.” Sideris’s book Consecrating Science (2017) provided a common reading for the workshop, which was comprised of twenty scholars from around Australia. The workshop will convene again in 2019. Sideris also traveled to Sydney and the eastern coast, and enjoyed seeing many of Australia’s colorful birds and strange marsupials.
Summer 2018, Rebecca Manring was one of the co-organizers of the Third Annual Middle Bengali Reading Retreat, held at the Deer Park Institute in the town of Bir (hang gliding capital of the world!) in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. She was part of a small group of scholars from around the world who meet each summer to read and study materials in the Middle Bengali language of precolonial eastern South Asia. This year, scholars from the US, Japan, Russia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Poland, India, and France, came together for the ten-day retreat. Their days were divided into three 90-120-minute reading sessions, interspersed with local cultural experiences. Each member contributed their own expertise—from grammar and art history to regional history, literary criticism and epigraphy.
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Nur Amali Ibrahim,
Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility
(Cornell University Press, 2018)
Nur Amali Ibrahim,