Notes on an Affect Theory of Religion
Join us on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00 pm EST for a lecture on Religious Animal Bodies by Donovan Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This talk considers how we can use affect theory to move beyond liberal humanism in the study of religion. By thinking of religion as animal, we can reconnect it to feeling and embodiment and overturn the Euro-Protestant template of religion as exclusively derived from texts and beliefs. Please register to receive the zoom details.
About Donovan Schaefer
Donovan Schaefer is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke 2015) considers how affect theory undoes the human-animal binary and opens doors to new conceptions of religion. His second book, Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism after Darwin, is forthcoming in 2022. Read more.