Lecture by Mayra Rivera Rivera - Society is a Labyrinth of Incarnations: Identity, Bodies, and Religion


Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center 110 (12 Quincy Street, Cambridge)

Mayra Rivera Rivera, Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School

"Society is a labyrinth of incarnations."  This statement by Edward Said suggests that society is formed by processes where identities, relations, and things become "incarnate"--literally become flesh (carne).  This lecture unpacks the implications of this view for understanding racial/ethnic identities.  What would it mean to think of face and ethnicity as part of social-material processes?  And what do conceptions of "flesh" in Caribbean poetry and religious studies contribute to this project?

This event is co-sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights and the Instituto Cervantes Observatorio.

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