Current Visiting Scholars

The CSWR has appointed four visiting scholars for the 2013-14 academic year:

Daisaburo Hashizume is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Head of the Center for the Study of World Civilizations at the Tokyo Institute for Technology in Tokyo, Japan, where he’s been a member of the faculty since 1989. An active public commentator on a variety of issues from environmentalism to politics and religion, Hashizume is the author of over 50 books, including Educational Reform with Choice, Responsibility and Solidarity: Toward the Recovery of School Functions (1999: Iwanami Shoten), Global Warming and Carbon Accounting (2008: Yoshensa), and most recently, Religion in Global Community (2013: Kobunsha). During his time at the CSWR, Hashizume will continue with a manuscript examining the life and work of Motoori Norinaga, a leading scholar of the Kokygaku movement of Japan’s Tokugawa period, reconstructing Norinaga’s work in a global context through a sociological approach, while also illuminating interesting parallels with the life and work of Martin Luther.

Adebayo Mosobalaje is Lecturer I at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he’s been a member of the faculty since 2006 and from which Mosobalaje earned the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in English. Mosobalaje recently saw the publication of his book, Ebenezer Obey and the Aesthetics of the Yoruba World (Saarbrueken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011), and has authored papers on such topics as “Revisiting Pierre Bourdieu’s Agency Theory: The Case of Yoruba Verbal Discourse,” “Triple Heritage of Political Drama and Theatre in Nigeria,” and “The Return of the Landowner: Islamic Strictures and the Emergence of a Female Art.” During his time at HDS, Mosobalaje will continue work on a research project entitled “Poetics of Yoruba Masculinities,” which seeks to focus on the social positions of men and conceptualizations of manhood and fatherhood across the preliterate, slave-dealing, colonial and postcolonial historical periods, conceptualizations which have been conspicuously absent in most Yoruba scholarship to date.

Scott Randall Paine is professor of metaphysics, oriental philosophy and the philosophy of religion at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, where he has taught since 1995. After completing separate undergraduate degrees in classical literature, theology and philosophy while also receiving ordination as a Roman Catholic priest, he earned a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1988. Paine’s current research regards points of unexpected commonality in medieval European understandings of the metaphysics of person (especially in Aquinas) and recent reinterpretations of personhood, or atman, in Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta (as in the studies of Richard de Smet) and of insubstantiality, or anatman, in early Buddhism (as suggested by Richard Gombrich). He is preparing a book, to be published in Brazil, which proposes a restructuring of convergences and divergences between Indian and Western religious traditions on the matter of personal identity as perhaps the most fruitful approach, on a purely theoretical basis, to mutual engagement and understanding.

M. Aslam Syed is the Professor of History at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he’s been a member of the faculty since 1978. Syed holds an MA from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan, and MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia University. Syed is a specialist in transcultural historiography and the philosophy of history, Islam and the west; Islamic mysticism and philosophy, and the Middle East and South Asia, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is the author most recently of Muslim Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (with Peter Heine, Berlin: Maecenata Verlag, 2005). Syed has held visiting appointments at several institutions, including Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a visiting professor at the CSWR during the 1987-88 academic year. During his time at HDS, Syed will continue work on a comparative project that looks at notions of history in Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, looking at ways that different societies' notions of history display religious contents in their followers’ interactions with other traditions, shaping their attitudes and reactions.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Donald K. Swearer, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Swarthmore College, and former director of the CSWR.