4th Annual Graduate Conference in Religion


Wednesday, May 9 – YRL Presentation Room 11348

4:00-6:00 pm

Introductory Remarks

         Carol Bakhos   

Keynote Presentations

Claudia Setzer, Manhattan College

Christopher Hays, Fuller Theological Seminary

Matthew Suriano, University of Maryland

Q & A Panel Discussion


Thursday, May 10 – Royce 306

10:00 – 11:00 am Beyond Burial

 “Faustina’s Masks: Constructions of Jewish-Roman Identity on a Fragmented Sarcophagus”

Megan Remington, University of California, Los Angeles

“From Behind the Curtain: Rabbinic Conceptions of the Afterlife”

Sheila Tuller Keiter, University of California, Los Angeles 

11:00 – 11:30 am Break for Refreshments

11:30 -12:30 pm Bodies in Process            

“Tibetan Buddhist Bodies and Meditative Tukdam Deaths”

Donagh Coleman, University of California, Berkeley 

“’It’s Immortality, It’s Continuation, It’s Life. Even Though It’s Death:’ Photographic Ruminations on the Afterlife in Jacqueline Hayden’s Celestial Bodies”

Maggie Dethloff, University of California, Irvine

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30– 3:00 pm Interventions from Below the Earth  

“Celestial Palace and Chthonic Prison: Afterlife Depictions on Religious Stone Stelae in Northern Wei China (CE 386-535)”

Junfu Wong, University of London

“Between Vindication and Resurrection: The Intermediate State of the Soul in the Afterlife of Tertullian.”

Aaron Samuels, University of California, Los Angeles

“Experiencing the Prophet: Love, Embodiment, and Religiosity among the Traditional Mappila Muslims of Kerala, South India”

Mohammed Roshan.CK, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

3:00 pm Concluding Remarks


Disclaimer: This schedule is subject to change.