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Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Spring Forum: The Religion of Relics, Christian to Islam

Noted scholars of Islamic, African, Buddhist and Christian art history engage in cross-cultural conversation, while bringing to the forefront and raising questions about religious beliefs, saintly commemoration, issues of remembrance and cultural differences.

What: Spring Forum: The Religion of Relics, Christian to Islam
Noted scholars of Islamic, African, Buddhist and Christian art history engage in cross-cultural conversation, while bringing to the forefront and raising questions about religious beliefs, saintly commemoration, issues of remembrance and cultural differences.
Where
The Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium
When
Sunday, March 6, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Session 1, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.  Buddhist Relics and Mandalas: The Case of the Famensi Reliquaries in Tang China,  Michelle C Wang, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Session 2, 12–1 p.m.  Precious Memories: Objects and Narratives in Persianate Sufi Islam, Shahzad Bashir, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University

Session 3, 2–3 p.m.  The Ancestral Veneration and Artistic Transcendence: Reliquary Traditions from Central Africa, Alisa LaGamma, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Session 4, 3–4 p.m. The Religion of Relics in Christian History, Derek Krueger, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Price
Members free; non-members $8 per session; $25 for all four sessions (lunch not included)

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Amy Mannarino, 410-547-9000, ext. 277, amannarino@thewalters.org