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Tanya Luhrmann

Watkins University Professor, Anthropology Department, Stanford University

November 12, 2013 — 4:10 PM
Anna Head Alumni Hall — 2537 Haste Street

Add to Google Calendar 11/12/2013 4:10 PM 11/12/2013 6:00 PM America/Los_Angeles The Quest for Heaven is Local: How Spiritual Experience is Shaped by Social Life

About the Lecture 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 … Continued

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About the Lecture

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 psychiatrists.  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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