Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:30pm EST —
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:30pm EST
Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Her talk is entitled, “William James in Accra: How the Experience of God Shifts in Different Settings” and will draw on fieldwork with new charismatic churches in the US and in Ghana, exploring the way prayer and spiritual experience are shaped by local theories about the mind. Her books include Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft, (Harvard, 1989); The Good Parsi (Harvard 1996); Of Two Minds (Knopf 2000) and When God Talks Back (Knopf 2012). She trained at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D 1986), and taught for many years atthe University of California San Diego. Prior to coming to Stanford she was the Max Palevsky Professor and a director of the Clinical Ethnography project in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and received a Guggenheim award in 2007. In general, her 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. These days she is comparing the way people experience God (on the one hand) and auditory psychotic voices (on the other) in San Mateo, Accra and Chennai, and has ambitions of comparing odd experience around the world.