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  1. Trobriand Rebirth and the Fate of the Soul: An Old Debate Revisited | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley

    Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Princeton University

    March 18, 2003 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    Distinguished anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere investigates and compares rebirth beliefs in an array of cultures and religions, including North American Indian, Ancient Greek and Buddhism.

    ABOUT GANANATH OBEYESEKERE A distinguished anthropologist and highly recognized scholar, Gananath Obeyesekere has made fundamental contributions in the fields of philosophy of religion, social theory, psychological anthropology, and Buddhism. He is currently engaged in fieldwork in remote regions of Sri Lanka studying the manner in which hunting groups influenced Buddhist practices. Much of his research has focused on psychoanalysis and anthropology, and the ways in which personal symbolism is related to religious experience. Obeyesekere has published numerous articles and reviews. His recent books include, Buddhism Transformed (1990), The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (1993), and Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist and Greek Rebirth (2002). Obeyesekere is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University where he has taught since 1980, and has previously chaired his department. In 1955 he received his B.A. with first class honors from the University of Ceylon. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1964. Obeyesekere has received many prestigious honors and awards and has been elected a fellow of several societies, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and senior fellow of the Institute for Asian Studies.

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  2. Talal Asad: Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley


    Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center

    October 02, 2008 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. He discusses the attempts to define religion, the shifting place of "belief" in that endeavor, and some of its implications for politics.

    ABOUT TALAL ASAD Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. In his work, Asad attempts to identify the historical shifts that have constructed the modern concept of religion. He focuses on the effects of modernization on religion, as well as the idea that liberalism and democracy are intricately linked with secularism. Asad’s work encourages an interdisciplinary study of anthropology. His current research continues to focus on religion and the secular, and explores the genealogy of human rights in Egypt.

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  3. From Salvation to Spirituality: Contemporary Transformation of Religion Viewed from East Asia

    Susumu Shimazono, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo

    April 06, 2010 — 4:10 PM Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus

    In recent decades people in the United States, Europe, and Japan have tended to talk about spirituality rather than religion. Is it just a kind of cultural fashion or does it indicate some fundamental transformation of human civilization? In this lecture, Professor Shimazono proposes that the key to understanding contemporary religions will be found by inquiring into the role of the concept of salvation in the history of religions. The diversity of global regions must be taken into consideration as well. The East Asian perspective may offer some comparative insights to understanding the contemporary global religious phenomena.

    ABOUT SUSUMU SHIMAZONO Susumu Shimazono is a renowned scholar and historian of modern religions in Japan. His studies focus on Japan’s new religions, their rise out of the post-war period, the effects of popular culture on these contemporary religions, and their reception worldwide. His research interests also include Japanese religious history and Buddhism, along with comparative studies of religious movements in both Europe and America. In addition, he has made significant contributions to the emerging field of bioethics, leading the program A Construction of Death and Life Studies for the Culture and Value of Life at The University of Tokyo. This program proposes studying bioethics in the framework of Japanese culture. Shimazono is well known for his insights and research into the growth and thinking of the Japanese new religious movement called Aum Shinrikyo. He believes his work is significant because today roughly half of Japan’s actively religious population is involved with new religions, which have a profound effect on contemporary Japanese society.

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  4. Claude Lévi-Strauss: Mythical Thought and Social Life | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley


    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

    September 26, 1984

    Claude Lévi-Strauss: is a French anthropologist who demonstrated how myths encode categories of native thought. The lecture centers itself around mythical thought and social life

    ABOUT CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French social anthropologist who became a leading scholar in the structural approach to social anthropology. He is famous for theorizing that if social scientists can understand man’s mental structures they can then build a study of man which is as scientific as the laws of gravity.

    Graduate Council Lectures

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