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Lecture | Research Seminar 1000-1800

Unearthly Powers: a theoretical framework for inserting religion into comparative global history

Friday 21 February 2020
Research Seminars Europe 1000-1800 academic year 2019-2020
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference Room (2.60)

In this lecture Alan Strathern will discuss some of the key concepts developed in Unearthly Powers, especially the distinction between two modes of religiosity, ‘immanentism’ and ‘transcendentalism’, and their corresponding forms of sacred kingship, the ‘divinized’ and the ‘righteous.’ These are intended to help us identify certain patterns in world history of the very long term and to bring entirely different cultures and historiographies into the same analytical space. If time permits, he will also try to reflect on how these concepts may help us to understand why ruling elites in some part of the world converted to monotheism, and thus why the religious map of the world today looks the way it does.

The Research Seminars Europe 1000-1800 are informal and intended to foster discussion. There are drinks afterwards. Everyone is welcome to join. 

If you would like to join this session, and/or receive invitations for the upcoming sessions, you can send an e-mail to: history@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Further information can be obtained from the organizers Judith PollmannJeroen DuindamPeter Hoppenbrouwers and Marianne Ritsema-van Eck.


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