Egress and Regress: Pentecostal Precursors and Parallels in Northern Mozambique

Devaka Premawardhana, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Colorado College, and SAR Summer Fellow

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Devaka PremawardhanaDevaka Premawardhana2015 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar. Photograph courtesy of Devaka Premawardhana.Devaka Premawardhana2015 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar. Photograph courtesy of Devaka Premawardhana.

Based on his ethnographic fieldwork among the Makhuwa of northern Mozambique, Dr. Premawardhana explores how non-Pentecostal models of transformation shape a people’s manner of relating to Pentecostalism. Radical change has long been constitutive of Makhuwa history and subjectivity. Yet Makhuwa patterns of change, commonly conceived in terms of movement, entail regress as much as egress – circular mobilities that disrupt linear teleologies. State administrators and Pentecostal missionaries attempt to reform local inhabitants by respectively “urbanizing” and “converting” them. Deploying their historical proclivity toward mobility, those among whom Premawardhana worked appeared simultaneously eager to partake in resettlement schemes and reluctant to remain settled by them.

Follow us: