Pizza & Politics

12:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017
10 Lenox St. Brookline, MA
“The Fire and the Rose are One” Eroticism and Ritual as Agents of Change in American Contemplative Christianity How often do people link eroticism to Christianity in contemporary United States? Drawing from five years of ethnographic fieldwork with American monks and a network of non-monastic contemplative Christians, this paper discusses the roles of Bridal Mysticism, ritual, and pluralism in contesting long-established doctrines of religious institutions, while also exploring practitioners’ deliberate cultivation of communitas as an agent of perceptual and social change Paula Pryce received her PhD. from the Department of Anthropology at Boston University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Oxford University Press is soon to release her book, The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, November 1st. The International Relations and Religion “Pizza and Politics” Workshop provides a platform for creative discussion between students and scholars interested in topics at the intersection of religion and politics. At each meeting, we read and discuss foundational and recent works in this emergent, interdisciplinary field including scholarship from Religion and Theological Studies, International Relations, Anthropology, Political Science, History, and Sociology. Through this forum, we hope to raise awareness of IR and Religion scholarship at BU.