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Law & Religion in Asia Symposium

Friday, October 26, 2018

Law and Religion: Future of Asian Studies

The study of the intersections of law and religion in Asia has seen considerable advances in recent years, opening up new, creative trajectories of interdisciplinary criticism while drawing attention to hitherto undisclosed archives. Yet much of this scholarship is attuned to discrete or circumscribed domains of both law and religion—e.g. family law, colonial law, constitutional law; or, Hindu law, Confucian law, Islamic law, Buddhist law—in which it is possible to lose sight of broader, transregional dynamics and the promise of comparative inquiry for theoretical, empirical, and methodological innovation in research. This one-day workshop will reflect on the synchronic and diachronic horizons of our approaches to law and religion in Asia by bringing into conversation innovative scholarly projects focused on historical and ethnographic sites of law/religion that are often held separate. Each of three presentations will deal in depth with differing realms of law in differing religious, temporal, socio-political, and disciplinary contexts. These will be followed by a roundtable discussion in which we consider the potential of replotting the terrain of law/religion in ways that might suggest a provisional map for future directions in scholarship on Asia.



Mitra Sharafi (Univ. of Wisconsin Madison)

Jisoo Kim, Georgetown (George Washington University)

Ben Schonthal (University of Otago)

The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Global Asias Initiative; Rutgers Global; Departments of American Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and Religion, and South Asian Studies Program, School of Arts and Sciences; Office of the Executive Vice Dean, School of Arts and Sciences; and Rutgers University Libraries. 

Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, College Ave