Department of Religion 2023 Annual Lecture: “Converting the Religious Supernatural: A Fairy Tale”

Starts:
5:00 pm on Monday, February 6, 2023
Ends:
8:00 pm on Monday, February 6, 2023
URL:
https://www.bu.edu/religion/community/events/
Address:
Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering 610 Commonwealth Ave
Room:
101
Contact Organization:
CAS/Religion
Contact Name:
Wendy Czik
Contact Phone:
3532635
Fees:
free
Speakers:
Dr. Lisa Bitel, Dean's Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History, University of Southern California
Audience:
public
Professor Lisa Bitel will address the persistence of the Otherworld in ancient literature and modern folklore as well as in graphic and digital media. In Ireland and elsewhere believers continue to encounter the aos síthe (folk of the Otherworld) and similar "small gods" and to exploit them for both tourism and religion. These small gods, by way of Wales, also became French fairies (Fée); while the faeries of post-Norman England eventually became a lucrative modern business in fantasy literature, garden decor, and other popular media. Bitel examines this co-evolution of story and Otherworld over the long haul, asking: Why do some forms of the supernatural and their veneration survive major religious shifts while others disappear?