The Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing

Schedule Spring 2021

Because of Covid-19 the meetings of the Columbia University Seminar 751 will be held on ZOOM.  Taking advantage of the digital medium, we will also invite speakers from outside the tristate area.  To accommodate different time zones and schedules, time and day can change from meeting to meeting.  Moreover, arrangements may be subject to change because of the pandemic, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.  If you wish to attend a meeting, please email our rapporteur Anya Wilkening (abw2163 [at] 

Thursday, 11 February 2021, noon (NYC) – Kathryn Smith (NYU):  title TBA

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, noon (NYC) – Umberto Bongianino (University of Oxford, UK): The Manuscript Tradition of the Islamic West: Maghribī Round Scripts and the Andalusī Identity

Dagmara Budzioch (Cracow, Poland) – date and title TBA

Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212.854.2388 or  Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance. 

The official page of the Columbia University Seminar 751 is available at  Please contact Dr. Riedel (dar2111 [at], if you have any question about the seminar.  Information about its history is available at  The abstracts of all talks since January 2012 are archived at

Elizabeth Powers, co-chair
Independent Scholar
elizabethmpowers [at]

Dagmar A. Riedel, co-chair
Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies/
Columbia University
dar2111 [at]

Anya B. Wilkening, rapporteur
Columbia University
abw2163 [at]


Last updated, 15 January 2021