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The Materialization of Native American Religions: Cultural Science in an Era of Assimilation.


When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, Trienen Forum, Room 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rossitza Guenkova-Fernandez   847.491.3611

Group: Religious Studies Department

Category: Academic


Presentation by Sarah E. Dees, Luce Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Politics, & Global Affairs, Department of Political Science and Department of Religious Studies

This talk examines the connections between scholars of religion and state power within the U.S. context, and, in so doing, illuminates the unique role American scholars played in shaping the academic study of religion. Dees explores government-funded Smithsonian research on Native American beliefs and practices in the late nineteenth century, during the assimilation era in federal Indian policy. Scholarly and popular interest in Native American religions grew during this era, even as federal Indian policies violently targeted the very traditions under study.

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