Sacramental Presences at the Center

Sacramental Presences at the Center

March 4, 2016

On March 4-5, the Center hosted a small workshop, "Sacramental Presences: Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist Perspectives." For two days we took up today's turn in comparative studies to ritual and liturgical practice as an important site for new learning that reaches beyond the study of texts and the exchange of ideas.

Convened by Matthew Potts and myself as members of the HDS faculty and Center, the participants included three other Harvard professors (Diana Eck, Kimberley Patton, Michelle Sanchez) and one Harvard doctoral student (Caley Smith), as well as ten professors from...

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Mariam Goshadze, PhD candidate

Politics of Religious Sound in Ghana's Capital, Accra

November 18, 2015

On Wednesday, November 14, Mariam Goshadze, a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion, delivered a presentation on the politics of religious sound in Ghana's capital, Accra. Mariam's talk covered her pre-dissertation fieldwork in Ghana throughout the summers of 2014 and 2015.

To contextualize her research interests, Mariam first talked about the religious landscape of Accra. In the contemporary framework, Christianity is the religion of the majority. Among the different denominations available to followers, the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is the most...

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