Society is a Labyrinth of Incarnations: Identity, Bodies, and Religion


Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:00pm


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

Lecture by 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.  Wat would it mean to think of race 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 with the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights and Instituto Cervantes Observatorio. 

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