Matriculated September 2007
Paula Pryce’s interest in ritual began at a young age, when she pursued performing arts. Working in experimental theatre and radio, she discovered performance theory through cultural anthropology. She was smitten. Paula was drawn to First Nations justice issues and ethics during undergraduate studies in anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and later worked with the Sinixt Interior Salish (aka Lakes) of British Columbia and Washington State. Her work has focused on ancestral reburial, mortuary rituals, and concepts of death, time, and space. After completing a master’s degree at the University of Toronto, Paula published an ethnography on the Sinixt entitled “Keeping the Lakes’ Way”: Reburial and the Re-creation of a Moral World among an Invisible People (University of Toronto Press, 1999).
After years of working with the Sinixt, Paula has now turned her interests to the ritual and conceptual life of Christian monastics. She hopes to contribute to the decolonization of anthropology by studying a European mystic tradition in a North American urban context. Her main interests lie in localized theologies that show how some forms of orthodox Chrisitanity emphasize monism over dualism. This Christian monism is especially clear in liturgies that contrast silence with sound and stillness with movement, as well as in social action that emphasizes multiple levels of unified community.
Paula lives in Lexington, MA, with her husband, Tom, and two daughters, Olivia and Rosemary.
- Presidential Fellow
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship
- Louisville Institute Dissertation Writing Fellowship