Religion: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar
Seminar | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz
Michael Lucey, UC Berkeley
These public talks continue the series of events connected to the Sawyer Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology & Literary and Cultural Studies that began in Fall 2018. Many of the studies taken up so far in the seminar depend on religious objects, rituals, or encounters to help illuminate those pragmatic aspects of discourse that might be more easily concealed in our everyday routines. Perhaps the more obviously ritualized structures of religious life can account for why the anthropology of religion has provided some of the most exciting challenges to familiar notions of subjectivity, linguistic practice (literature, reading, preaching), and ethics with implications far beyond religious thought and practice.