2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

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2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020

2019 American Lectures in the History of Religions


Jeffrey Stout

The Cinematic Sacred

February 18-27, 2019

Jeffrey Stout, PhD
Professor of Religion, Princeton University

North Carolina Triangle/Triad Region




The cinematic sacred is found wherever motion pictures depict something as worthy of reverent celebration, contemplation, remembrance, or protection, either by displaying its excellence positively or by evoking horror at its violation, destruction, or profanation. This lecture series will argue that the cinematic sacred merits the level of scholarly attention that the related genres of melodrama, suspense, and horror have already received. Its principal expressions include some of the most admired, moving, and controversial movies there have been, as well as notably interesting failures. Together, they constitute a global, cross-traditional conversation—conducted in cinematic language—on matters of high importance.


Cinematic Spectacles of Sacred Suffering: Ethical Challenges in Dreyer and Von Trier

February 18, 2019 – 4:30PM

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Location: Withers 140, 101 Lampe Dr

Goodness beyond Melodrama: Compassionate Awareness in Ozu’s Tokyo Story

February 20, 2019 – 3:30PM

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Location: University Room, Hyde Hall, 176 E Franklin Street

Cinematic Callings: Vocation and Spiritual Transformation in Dorsky and Tarkovsky

February 21, 2019 – 6PM

Duke University
Durham, NC
Location: White 107, Duke East Campus, 1308 Campus Dr

Evils in Our Midst: Alfred Hitchcock’s Augustinian Critique of America

February 26, 2019 – 6:30PM

University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
Location: Jackson Library 032, Jarrell Lecture Hall
Directions: As you face the library, look for signs to the Jarrell Lecture Hall and go around to the left side and enter the basement.

Fake News, Modern Horrors, and Democratic Hope: Why Capra’s Populist Christ Figure Fell Flat

February 27, 2019 – 5PM

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
Location: Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium, 1834 Wake Forest Rd


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