The symposium will run from early afternoon, Thursday, February 7 through lunch on Saturday, February 9. Meals will be included in the symposium program.

A draft schedule of the full symposium will be posted in late December.


Saqer Almarri (Binghamton University), “The Khuntha in the Congregation”

Sarah Dove (The Ohio State University), “A Myth of Holism: In/Visible Fragmentations and Wounded Being”

Mina Garcia-Soormally (Elon University), “El Hamete de Toledo and the Fear of Difference”

William Gilders (Emory University), “Harvey Milk’s (Sacred and Sexual) Body”

Anandi Knuppel (Emory University), “The Body of the Senses, Imagined and Lived: Seeing Krishna in Transnational Gaudiya Vaishnavism”

Keynote: S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College), “Searching for the Soul in the Doll’s Body: Spiritual Technologies from Golem to Barbie, Sex Dolls to Artificial Intelligence”

Michal Raucher (Rutgers University), “Embodied Religious Authority: New Approaches in the Study of Judaism”

Concluding Address: Elizabeth Rhodes (Boston College)

Megan Adamson Sijapati (Gettysburg College), “The Instrumentality of the Body in American Shadhiliyya Sufism”

Anca Sincan (University College Cork), “The Afterlife of Bishop Evloghie Ota’s Dead Body and its Disputed Ownership”

Ori Tavor (University of Pennsylvania), “Embodying the Dead: Ritual as Preventative Therapy in China”

Pamela D. Winfield (Elon University), “Body Building: The Architectural Corpus of the Japanese Zen Monastery”

Simon Yin (Hefei University of Technology, China), “Formation and Transformation of Virgin Mary’s Image in Ming-Dynasty China”

Katherine Zubko (University of North Carolina Asheville), “The Embodied Palimpsest: Dancing Kinesthetic Empathy in Bharatanatyam”