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Women's History Month Lecture - "Belief and Bodies in the Convulsionary Movement of 18th c. France"

March 21, 2019
Guest speaker Dr. Mita Choudhury, Professor of History from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), will present at the annual Women’s History Month Lecture on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 3:30pm in Kayser Auditorium (Hankamer 101).

“Belief and Bodies in the Convulsionary Movement of Eighteenth-Century France”

In the contemporary world, the question of how we study faith has dogged scholars who generally see belief as the reflection of a bigger, more concrete reality or as an intellectual exercise. Focusing on the convulsionary movement of 18th-century France, which scandalize society with its writhing bodies and unfiltered prophecies, this talk will consider how we might think about faith and belief as lived experiences. It uses the ideas of Judith Butler’s “performativity” to understand the connection between faith as community-based performance and internalized, naturalized belief.

This event is hosted by the Department of History.
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