Start: April 16, 2021 4 p.m.
End: April 16, 2021 5:30 p.m.

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Dr. Matthew Hotham

"Religion Out Loud: Humanities Skills, Public Scholarship, & Why They’re Harder Than They Look”
with Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

On Zoom

When folks talk about the humanities, we are often told that these disciplines give us “soft” skills—but translating theory, history, facts that immediately elicit opinions (even from the deeply uninformed) is anything but easy. Talking about religion out loud has never been more important: we have seen an unprecedented rise in anti-religious hate crimes in the US, we are witnessing a global rise of far-right nationalist movements often rooted in religion, and we know that religion is a crucial piece of politics, racial identities, gender expression, and social justice movements. This talk addresses why humanities disciplines are anything but soft and nothing if not absolutely vital to every system, career, and setting we could name.

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, PhD, is associate professor of religion and associate director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. Her research centers on Islam and Muslims in South Asia; theories and histories of religion, race, and language; and imperialism. She is author of Indian Muslim Minorities and the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels, and Jihad (2017; paperback 2020). She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Words of Experience: Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst (Equinox 2021). Her next book—still in process!—is about global Islamophobia and antisemitism. Morgenstein Fuerst is the author of numerous articles about Islam, Islamic studies, and religion in South Asia. She is also the cohost and coproducer of the grant-funded podcast Keeping It 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion. Morgenstein Fuerst has been recognized as an award-winning teacher-scholar.