CANCELLED - Laurie L. Patton - Who Owns Religion?

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Laurie L. Patton


**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Who Owns Religion? boldly identifies and deftly navigates the complex ‘eruptive public space’ that arises when scholars of religion and their multiple publics collide." —Leela Prasad, Duke University

Laurie L. Patton discusses Who Owns Religion?: Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century, which is published by University of Chicago Press. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: Who Owns Religion? focuses on a period—the late 1980s through the 1990s—when scholars of religion offended the very communities they had imagined themselves honoring through their work. While controversies involving scholarly claims about religion are nothing new, this period saw an increase in public disputes that continues today, with authors and their institutions the targets of hate mail and book-banning campaigns, and communities mistrustful of academics and the systems in which they work.

Taking the reader through compelling case studies, Laurie L. Patton argues that scholars must move among multiple masters, and she traces spaces that scholars might find for their work between their own institutions and the communities they study. Who Owns Religion? makes a case for sustained reflection about the public sphere in any project in the study of religion, whatever its theoretical approach.

About the author: Laurie L. Patton is the author, editor, or translator of ten books in the study of religions, and she has also authored three books of poems, including, most recently, House Crossing. She was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018. In 2018-19, she was president of the American Academy of Religion. She currently serves as professor of religion and president of Middlebury College.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637