Dr. Devaka Premawardhana: Lessons on Life

1/25/2018 4:00 PM

Dr. Devaka Premawardhana: Lessons on Life

Dr. Devaka Premawardhana's field is Anthropology of Religion. He is assistant professor of religion at Colorado College, and has been named a 2017 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. He is one of only 12 “Under 40” scholars selected from around the country.

Rupture and Return Lessons from the MakhuwaTHURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018, 4 – 5:30PM EST
Rupture and Return Lessons from the Makhuwa
Location White Hall 103
School Emory College
Department / Organization Religion Department
Building/Room White Hall
Meeting Organizer/Sponsor Department of Religion
Speaker/Presenter Dr. Devaka Premawardhana
Contact Name Gabriela Kocerha
Contact Email gkocerh@emory.edu
More Info / Register religion.emory.edu…

Based on nearly two years of fieldwork, Devaka Premawardhana’s first project explores the complexities of Christian identity in a part of the world where indigenous traditions remain vibrant, even in the lives of converts. In this talk, Premawardhana will share lessons learned from the field—not just about his research topic, but about life itself. He will address how he came to appreciate the eclectic and elusive nature of the self—including of himself—from a people who prize mobility over stasis, and for whom religious conversion is experienced as routine, reversible, and repeatable.


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