Subversive Spiritualties: How Rituals Enact the World

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Smith College

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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Apffel-Marglin draws on Bohrian quantum physics and critical science studies, as well as empirical data from archaeology, geography, ethnobotany, and anthropology, to argue that there is no pre-given nature as the back-drop to human action. Following several science studies, she discusses the concept that non-human entities, such as spirits, demons, and deities, have agency and that reality emerges from the interactions of humans and non-humans.

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