Religion & the Strange: Boundary Making & Crossing

Starts:
8:45 am on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ends:
5:00 pm on Sunday, September 15, 2019
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/gpr/conference/
Contact Name:
Chad Moore
Religions sanction and sacralize, they legitimate and legislate, creating rhythms for solidarity and comfort. But not everyone hears the same tune. Who defines the strange, and how? What does religion look like after sundown? Hungry ghosts, crystal visions, hidden realms, secret teachings, and a myriad of mysteries lie between and outside the lines of official histories of belief and practice. Is the study of religion adequately attuned to “the strange”? How do we listen to the margins, the unofficial, and the esoteric? What happens to the concept of religion itself when we embrace the uncanny, the unusual, and the unknown?