Visceral Nation: Religion/Affect in Postsecular America - 2014 Mellon SymposiumVisceral Nation: Religion/Affect in Postsecular America - 2014 Mellon Symposiumhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/240231Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2014-03-28T09:30:002014-03-28T17:00:00
March 28, 9:30AM–5:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Annual Hurford Center Mellon Symposium - Organized by Donovan Schaefer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Visceral Nation: Religion/Affect in Postsecular America
2014 Mellon Symposium
Organized by Donovan Schaefer
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Religion, like other forms of power, feels before it thinks. If the secularization hypothesis was built on the presupposition that religion would dissolve as rationally organized knowledge advanced, then is postsecularism defined by affects? The turn to affects--the things outside the domain of sovereign reason, whether emotions, images, or the unnamed forces that pass through bodies under the skin of language—helps to chart the landscape of post-secular America, the religious tinges of its media, its politics, its culture wars, and its atheisms. This symposium brings together scholars focusing on affect with specialists in American religion, broadly conceived, to consider questions emerging out of the intersection of postsecularism, affect, and American religion.
Thursday, March 27th
Chris Stedman is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Coordinator Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community. He is also the author of Faitheist, a memoir in which he explores the relationship between atheism and organized religion through the lens of his own experiences with both, passionately arguing for their cooperation.
Sponsored by the Distinguished Visitor Program
Friday, March 28th
All events in Stokes 102 unless noted otherwise.
Donovan Schaefer, Haverford College
“Ethics Without God, Spirit Without Religion: Human Flourishing After the Death of Man”
Terrence Johnson, Haverford College
“Sincere Regrets and the Western Hope: Land, Money, and Men in the Missions of the Northwest Coast"
Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto
Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Café
"Secular Conversions and Nineteenth-Century Free Love"
Michael Millner, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
"Mourning as Practice of Resistance and Hope"
W. Anne Joh, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University
"Democracy and Its Discontents: What feeling uncomfortable can (and cannot) teach us about social justice"
Ann Pellegrini, New York University
"Moods Monstrous and Genealogical"
John Lardas Modern, Franklin and Marshall College
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