Department of Religion
The Stephen Risley Family Fellowship was established in 1999 by the late J. Stephen Risley Jr. to support junior faculty in research as they work toward tenure. This fellowship will help support Prof. Cecil's second book project, provisionally entitled Architectures of Intimidation: Political Ecology and Landscape Manipulation in Early Southeast Asia. Click here for the full story.
The Department of Religion joins in the many expressions of sorrow at the death of our colleague Richard L. Rubenstein at the age of 97. Rubenstein taught at FSU from 1970 to 1995; in 1977, FSU awarded him the title of Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, its highest faculty honor. Most famous for his 1966 book After Auschwitz, which inaugurated the scholarly field of post-Holocaust theology, Rubenstein wrote or edited over ten books, authored scores of articles, and impacted a generation of FSU students in his classes.
Full obituaries can be found at the New York Times and the Washington Post; subscribers to the Tallahassee Democrat can access a news story with remembrances from Rubenstein's colleagues and students. The Department of Religion's YouTube channel hosts a video interview that Rubenstein gave about his career in 2016 to Profs. John Kelsay and Martin Kavka.
The Graduate Students of the FSU Department of Religion invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on Journal Publications on Friday, May 7th at 3:00 pm via Zoom, with guests Phillip Goff (co-editor of Religion and American Culture), Andrea R. Jain (editor of Journal of the American Academy of Religion), Alex P. Jassen (editor of Journal of Ancient Judaism), and Urmila Mohan (founder and managing editor of The Jugaad Project). Registration is required. Please click here to register. Download the flyer here.
Joshua Matson, PhD student in Religions of Western Antiquity, has won the 2021 Arts & Humanities Research & Creativity Award in recognition of his outstanding research, publication, and presentation record. Josh will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence and will be featured in the spring 2021 GradConnection newsletter.
Guanxiong Xi, MA student in History and Ethnography of Religions (Asia), has been selected as the First Place Winner for the 2021 Master's in Four (MI4) competition. Guanxiong's prize-winning video presentation on his research, How a Buddhist Monastery Became a Tourist Destination in 17th Century China, can be viewed here. Guanxiong will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.