Lectures and Seminars


AY 2009/2010

February 18, 2010
Kristina Stoeckl, Rome, Political Modernity, Orthodox Religion, and Two Interpretative Frameworks.” 

AY 2008/2009

June 10, 2009
Peter Berger, Boston, Adventures with Sociology – An “Ego-history.” (In cooperation with the International Relations and European Studies Department and the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department.
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March 28, 2009
Liliya Berezhnaya, Nijmegen, The Legacy of Empire(s) in Contemporary Russian and Ukraine Religious Movies.

March 28, 2009

Glenn Bowman, Kent, The Fate of Sharing in an Age of Nations: Rethinking Syncretism in the Wake of the Empire.

March 27, 2009
Andrew Louth, Durham, Ignatius or Eusebius? Different Models of Patristic Ecclesiology.

February 19, 2009
Felicitas Schmieder, Hagen, How to Read the Future in Order to Organize the Present: Medieval Prophecy as a Political Language.

January 9, 2009
Igor Lyman, Berdyansk, Research on Religious History and the Popular Spiritual World in a Multiethnic Region: Potential for Oral History.

December 3, 2008
Rajeev Bhargava, New Dehli, Can Secularism Be Rehabilitated?

September 26, 2008
Bojan Alexov, London, From “Imperial Into “National” Church: How Karlovci Metropolitanate Became the Serbian Orthodox Church and What It Tells Us About Nationalism in Eastern Europe.

AY 2005/2006

May 3, 2006
Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, Penn State, Missions and History in the Early Modern World: Historiography and Reflections.

March 23, 2006
Karl Morrison, Rutgers, Dante’s Copulant and Concordant Book.

March 16, 2006
György Geréby, Budapest, Doctrine, Method and Text: Lessons from the Christian Apocrypha.

March 9, 2006
Mikhail Dmitriev, Budapest, Apophatic Theological Tradition and the Problem of Authority in Eastern Slavic Orthodox Cultures in the XVIth - XVIIth Centuries.

Lecture series under the auspices of the university-wide seminar entitled Bookish Traditions: The Authority of the Book in Scripturalist Religions

  • February 9, 2006
    Mihail Neamţu, Bucharest,  Sacred Texts and Open Readings.
  • February 21, 2006
    Moshe Idel, Tel Aviv, White Letters in the Bible: The Spaces between the Black Letters, from Medieval Kabbalah to Mallarmé and Derrida.
  • March 2, 2006
    Balázs Mezei, Budapest, The Decline of the Scriptures in 19th Century Speculative Philosophies and their Subsequent Revival. (Organized by RSP and Peter Pazmany Catholic University, Piliscsaba)

RSP Special Lectures

AY 2009/2010

June 14, 2010
Wendy Doniger, Chicago, Dogs as Dalits, and Dogs with Dalits, in the History of Hinduism.

April 22, 2010
Guy Stroumsa,  Oxford, Teaching the Abrahamic Religions: A subversive enterprise.

March 18, 2010
Bird’s Way. Directors: Klara Trencsenyi & Vlad Naumescu. (A Religious Studies Program and Sociology and Social Anthropology Joint Film Screening and Discussion Group).

February 4, 2010
FILM SCREENING: Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq.
Director: Maysoon Pachachi. (A Religious Studies Program and Sociology and Social Anthropology Joint Film Screening and Discussion Group).

AY 2006/2007

May 11, 2007
Wendy Doniger, Chicago, The Re-Invention of the History of Religions and Comparative Mythology in Nineteenth-Century Romanticism and Racism.

May 4, 2007
Matthias Riedl, Budapest, Proleptic Existence – Anticipation of the Future in Religion, Politics, Music and Art. Inaugural lecture from the incoming Chair of Comparative Religious Studies at CEU.

March 23, 2007
FILM SERIES: Sectarianism and War
A series of film screenings marking the 4th anniversary of the war on Iraq. (Organized by the RSP and the Human Rights Student Initiative.)

January 12, 2007
Zoya Hasan, New Dehli, Legal Pluralism and Muslim Women's Rights in India.

December 1-7, 2006
Brian Stock, Toronto, Ethics, Reading, and the Creative Imagination. A three-part lecture series. (Organized by the RSP and the CEU Humanities Center.)

October 5, 2006
Evert van der Zweerde, Nijmegen, All Europeans Are Equal, But Aren't Some More Equal Than Others?: Reflections on Europe and Orthodox Christianity, (Organized by RSP and the Department of Social and Political Philosophy)

AY 2005/2006

May 16, 2006
José Casanova, Georgetown, Rethinking Secularization: A Global Comparative Perspective.

March 23, 2006
Karl F. Morrison, New Brunswick, Dante's Copulant and Concordant Book.


AY 2009/2010

May 18, 2010
Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Washington D.C., Islam, Islamism, Confessionalism – Religion and Politics in the Middle East Today. (Organized jointly with the CEU Rectorate).

AY 2008/2009

June 9, 2009
Peter L. Berger, Boston, Seclarization is Dead – Pluralism is Needed. (Organized jointly with the International Relations and European Studies Department and the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department)

December 4, 2008
Géza Vermes, Oxford, Living with the Dead Sea Scrolls: Sixty Years of Personal Involvement with Qumran.

December 3, 2008
Rajeev Bhargava, Delhi, Can Secularism be Rehabilitiated?

AY 2006/2007

May 7-27, 2007
José Casanova, Georgetown, Religions and Modernities in a Global Age. An interdisciplinary seminar. (Organised by the History Department, CEU's Comparative History Project and the Higher Education Support Program.)

March 22, 2007
Nariman Gasimoglu, Georgetown, The Koran in Non-Arabic Languages: Linguistic and Theological Challenges.

November 30, 2006
Maria Crăciun, Cluj, Reforming Church Space: Altarpieces and Their Functions in Early Modern Transylvania.

AY 2005/2006

May 16, 2006
José Casanova, Georgetown, Public and Private Religion in East and West. (Part of the seminar Religion and Modernity organized by the Departments of History and Sociology and Social Anthropology)

January 12 - March 20, 2006
Bookish Traditions: The Authority of the Book in Scripturalist Religions. (University-wide seminar organized in cooperation with the Department of History and the Department of Medieval History, CEU)