Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective – Butler University Seminar

Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective

Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective


FOUR PUBLIC SEMINARS

September 20, October 18, January 24, and February 21

Each seminar meets from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the location specified. Sessions take place this year at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, as well as on the campus of Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street.

The seminar is free; no tickets required.

For more information, contact CFV Director Daniel Meyers at dgmeyers@butler.edu.

Media contact:
Marc Allan, mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Butler Center for Faith and Vocation — 317-940-8253

Downloadable PDF of the Conference: Religion Seminar Brochure 1617


PRE-EVENT: TRANS 101


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 6:00 PM
KRANNERT ROOM, CLOWES MEMORIAL HALL, BUTLER ARTS CENTER
This will be an introductory conversation about transgender identities that will
take place before the first seminar, Trans Lives in American Christian Contexts. The conversation will be facilitated by the Indiana Transgender Wellness Alliance and the Indiana Youth Group.


TRANS LIVES in AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CONTEXTS


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7:00 PM
SCHROTT CENTER FOR THE ARTS, BUTLER ARTS CENTER
Public debates about transgender issues and rights evoke an intersection of religion and politics. There is an increasingly lively conversation about these issues within the Christian church itself, where trans Christians are becoming more visible in pews, pulpits, and theological discourse. Our three speakers will reflect on this conversation.

KEYNOTE


ALLYSON ROBINSON is a Senior Strategist at Cook Ross, a global consulting firm. Robinson has served as transitional pastor of Washington DC’s Calvary Baptist Church. She is believed to be the first openly transgender person to be ordained by a Baptist church—a distinction that led MSNBC to speculate she might be “the most radical preacher in America.”

RESPONDENTS


DELFIN BAUTISTA serves as the Director of the LGBT Center at Ohio University and as an adjunct lecturer in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. delfin is coauthor of Religion and Spirituality in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

TERRI JETT is Associate Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. She is President of the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and is an Elder at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church.


SEX and (TRANS)GENDER in IRAN


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7:00 PM
SHELTON AUDITORIUM, CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Iran is often portrayed in American media as a conservative society on issues of gender and sexuality. Yet sex reassignment surgery is legal in Iran, with support both from several high-ranking Muslim clerics and the state itself. This evening’s speakers will describe and discuss this fascinating state of affairs from historical and ethnographic perspectives.

KEYNOTE


AFSANEH NAJMABADI is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her book Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity received the 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association.

RESPONDENTS


SHOLEH SHAHROKHI is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Butler University, where her research and teaching focus on Iran, the Middle East, sexuality, youth cultures, and public space.

ANISSE ADNI is the Associate Imam and Community Organizer of the Indianapolis Muslim Community Association. Adni earned a Master’s from the Qalam Seminary, where he studied with Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda.


TRANS LIVES in AMERICAN JEWISH CONTEXTS


TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:00 PM
SHELTON AUDITORIUM, CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Trans people and issues have gained increased visibility in recent years among American Jewish communities, prompting Jewish scholars and communities to envision what Judaism looks like in a post-binary world, and to apply ancient traditions in new ways.

KEYNOTE


REUBEN ZELLMAN is Director of Music at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California. Rabbi Reuben was the first openly transgender person to be accepted to a rabbinical seminary. An activist and educator in the transgender community, Rabbi Reuben has written extensively about gender identity, sexuality, and Judaism.

RESPONDENT


BRETT KRICHIVER is a rabbi at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. He is a founding clergy member of IndyCAN, a community-organizing group partnering with religious institutions city-wide.


NON-BINARY GENDER CONSTRUCTIONS in ASIAN RELIGIONS


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 7:00 PM
SCHROTT CENTER FOR THE ARTS, BUTLER ARTS CENTER
In the United States, contemporary public conversations about trans people and their rights often proceed as if binary conceptions of gender have in all times and places been the norm. But there have been, and still are, religions that recognize three or more genders. The speakers will discuss examples from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

KEYNOTE


LUCINDA RAMBERG is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. Her current book will build on some of the central concerns of her first book—the politics of sexuality, religiosity and postcolonial governance.

RESPONDENT


CAROL ANDERSON teaches at Kalamazoo College in the areas of South Asian religions with a focus on Buddhism. Her recent work examines the agency of women and nuns, the construction of sexuality and female bodies, and sex and gender change in the Pali canon and commentaries. She is currently serving as co-editor for the journal Buddhist-Christian Studies.


PARKING
For seminars on the Butler University campus, parking is available in the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage. Fees can be found at butler.edu/parking.

For seminars on the Christian Theological Seminary campus, patrons can park for free on the east or west sides of the main building.


The Seminar on Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective has been generously supported by the following Butler University departments: the Efroymson Diversity Center; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Global and Historical Studies; and Philosophy, Religion, and Classics.

The Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspectives.

The Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice
, a joint project of Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, promotes the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his holistic understanding of reconciliation grounded in justice, human dignity, and social transformation.

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