Accepted paper:

Exchanging words: anthropology and theology


Matthew Engelke (Columbia University)

Paper short abstract:

Anthropologists and theologians don’t interact as much as they might. One reason is because they speak in different registers; they use different words, and those words have histories and effects and affects that matter. It might make sense for these registers to be kept distinct—at least most of the time. But when might words be exchanged, not in frustration, but in anticipation of something gained? In this short presentation, I’ll make a few suggestions where the exchange of words could be a good idea—good to think, maybe, or even revelatory.

Paper long abstract:

panel Plen04
Natural religion