Tanya Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research, which has examined neo-pagan witches, psychiatry residents, evangelical Christians, and homeless people struggling with mental illness, focuses on the way that ideas held in the mind come to seem externally real to people, and the way that ideas about the mind affect mental experience. Her books include Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft, (Harvard, 1989); The Good Parsi (Harvard 1996); Of Two Minds (Knopf 2000) and When God Talks Back (Knopf 2012). One of her recent projects compares the experience of hearing distressing voices in India and in the United States.
This lecture is part of the conference Personhood, Place, and Possession: Embodiment and Emplacement in Special Contexts.
May 28 and 29, 2013
McCune Conference Room,
This conference will explore social, cognitive, philosophical, and religious conceptions of personhood. Presenters will offer cross-disciplinary theories and methods for imagining the creation, transformation, and loss of personhood in a variety of cultural and religious settings.
This conference is generously supported by the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB.