Tanya Luhrmann, Watkins University Professor, Anthropology Department,
November 12, 2013 — 4:10 PM Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street,
Building can be entered from Haste Street or Channing Way.
Drawing on fieldwork in new charismatic evangelicals churches in the Bay
are and in Accra, Ghana, this talk explores the way that cultural ideas
about mind and person alter prayer practice and the experience of God.
ABOUT TANYA LUHRMANN
Tanya Marie Luhrmann's work focuses on the way that objects without
material presence come to seem real to people, and the way that ideas
about the mind affect mental experience. Her previous studies have
analyzed phenomena such as witchcraft, charismatic Christians, and
Her widely acclaimed third book, Of Two Minds (2001), offered an
ethnographic study of the American psychiatric community and examined
how economic and ideological pressures in psychiatry shape the
experiences of psychiatrists and patients alike. Of Two Minds was
awarded the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing and the Boyer
Prize for Psychological Anthropology.
In her most recent book, When God Talks Back (2012), Luhrmann looks at
the ways in which practitioners within American evangelical Christian
communities come to experience God as a being with whom they can engage
in direct communication with through acts of prayer and visualization.
When God Talks Back was named both a New York Times Notable Book and a
Kirkus Reviews Book of the Year.
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