International Conference hosted by the Center for Religious Studies, Seoul National University, October 13-14, 2017
Venue: College of Humanities, 14-B101

Friday, October 13
14:00-14:15 Opening Session
Moderator: Sem Vermeersch (SNU)
  • Welcome Address I Joo Hyung Rhi (Dean of College Humanities, Seoul National University)
  • Welcome Address II Woncheol Yun (Director of Center for Religious Studies, Seoul National University)

14:15-15:00 Keynote: Books as Sacred Beings -- James W. Watts (Syracuse University)

15:30-17:30 Session I Embodying Sacred Books
Moderator: S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
  • Sacred Texts and the Digital Turn: Reflections on Scriptures as Material Objects in a Liminal Age -- Brad Anderson (Dublin City University)
  • Aspiring Narratives of Previous Births: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Written and Visual Media in Ancient Gandhara -- Jason Neelis (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Embodying the Qu’ran -- Katharina Wilkens (LMU Munich)
  • Discussant: Dorina Miller Parmenter (Spalding University)
Saturday, October 14
10:00–12:00 Session II Experiencing Scriptures
Moderator: Dorina Miller Parmenter (Spalding University)
  • Body Building in the Hindu Tantric Tradition: The Advantages and Confusions of Scriptural  Entextualization in the Worship of the Goddess Kali  -- Rachel McDermott (Bernard College/Columbia University)
  • Performing Scriptures: Ritualizing Written Texts in Seolwi-seolgyeong, the Korean Shamanistic Recitation of Scriptures -- Yohan Yoo (Seoul National University)
  • Sages, Vows and the Material Production of a Legendary Buddhist Scripture -- Michael Como (Columbia University)
  • Discussant: James W. Watts (Syracuse University)
13:30-14:50 Session III The Bible in the West and the East
Moderator: Yohan Yoo (Seoul National University)
  • Artificial Bodies, Sewn and Wrapped: On Gospel Books and Their Distributed Agency in the Medieval West -- David Ganz (University of Zurich)
  • The Bible in Korea: Korean Ways of Reading, Writing, and Painting the Bible -- Sung Uk Lim (Yonsei University)
  • Discussant: S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
15:20-16:40 Session IV Divine Books
Moderator: Dorina Miller Parmenter (Spalding University)
  • Daoist Writs and Scriptures as Sacred Beings: With a Focus on Cosmological Meaning -- Jihyun Kim (Seoul National University)
  • Divine Scripture, Human Provenance: Śāstra and Revelation in the Kāmasūtra -- Travis Smith (Seoul National University)
  • Discussant: S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
16:40-17:10 Concluding Discussion
Moderator: Travis Smith (Seoul National University)

SCRIPT panels at the AAR/SBL in Boston, MA, November 18-19, 2017:

Thematic Panel: "Miniature Scriptures"
Saturday, November 18 - 9:00-11:30 AM
Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University, Presiding
  • "Ritualizing the Size of Books," James W. Watts, Syracuse University,
  • "Sutras Working in Buddha’s Belly and Buddhists’ Pockets: Iconic and Performative Miniature Sutras in Korean Buddhism," Yohan Yoo and Woncheol Yun, Seoul National University
  • "Wars and Weddings: The Ideologies of Miniature Bhagavad Gitas with a Focus on Gender," Jon Skarpeid, University of Stavanger
  • "Small Things of Greatest Consequence: Miniature Bibles in America," Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University
  • Responding: Kim Haines-Eitzen, Cornell University
Open Panel
Sunday, November 19 - 9:00-11:30 AM
Richard Newton, Elizabethtown College, Presiding
  • "How Not to Read: The Trace of Evangelical Readers and the Powers of the Religious Book in the United States, c. 1825-1861," Sonia Hazard, Duke University
  • "Sensory uses of scriptures in Israelite-Jewish religion," Marianne Schleicher, University of Aarhus
  • "Texts Unseen: Invisible Writings and Performance in the Ancient Levant," Alice Mandell, University of Madison-Wisconsin
  • "A Script in Hand? Small-Format Ecclesiastical Texts and Priestly Performance in Early Modern France,"  Joy Palacios, Simon Fraser University
  • Business Meeting

Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library
Beineke Library
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