Pentecostalism, the Body, and Embodiment

Metallurgy and Materials building (G6 on the university campus map), Room GC13
Tuesday 14 June 2016 (13:00-15:00)

The Walter J. Hollenweger Lecture 2016

Speaker: Michael Wilkinson (Professor of Sociology Director, Religion in Canada Institute Coordinator, Canadian Pentecostal Research Network )

Join us for a presentation by one of the foremost sociological scholars of Pentecostalism on the relationship of religion and the body with key methodological and theoretical insights for researching the contemporary renewal movements.
While the literature on embodiment and religious experience continues to expand, to date, there is no sustained examination of Pentecostalism and the themes associated with research on the body. Well-known for overt bodily expressions of religious experience that includes kinesthetic worship such as speaking in tongues, dancing, twirling, and falling down, there is considerable debate among Pentecostals and Charismatics about the nature of the body, the relationship between bodies and the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance and exorcism. This lecture reviews the literature on religion and the body in the context of research on the global Pentecostal and Charismatic renewal movements. Three responses engage the lecture with current research initiatives in the Centre.

For further infrmation, please contact Dr Wolfgang Vondey: 

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