Freie Universität Berlin


The Concept of Cultural Translation in American Religious Studies

02.06.2016 | 16:00 - 19:00

World Philologies Seminar mit Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley) und Chair: Islam Dayeh (Freie Universität Berlin)

Die Veranstaltung ist Teil des World Philologies Seminar des Forschungsprogramms "Zukunftsphilologie: "Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship" (Forum Transregionale Studien in Kooperation mit der FU Berlin).

For many years, Daniel Boyarin has been engaged in a project to discover how or why it makes sense to speak of “religion” as existing or not at a given time and place. In this project, Wittgenstein has proven to be an increasingly consequential compagnon de route. Boyarin takes the Philosophical Investigations not so much as a work of academic philosophy but as an attempt to describe how language actually works, how human beings produce meaningful speech and writing. The leading questions for the presentation will be: How can we better think what we mean when we say that there was/is no “religion” within a given cultural form? How ought those thoughts help refiguring the human sciences? In order to adumbrate some answers to these questions the thinking of Talal Asad about cultural translation is pitted against that of J. Z. Smith.

Zeit & Ort

02.06.2016 | 16:00 - 19:00

Freie Universität Berlin, Holzlaube
Raum 2.2051, Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin

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