The location for this event has been changed. It will now take place in the International Affairs Building, room 403.
Going by the lights of anthropology, political science, history, and other disciplines, it would seem that “the secular” is an irrelevant concept in, and for, sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, March 10th, Matthew Engelke asks why, whether, and how that is the case. In doing so, he addresses a series of classic and contemporary discussions in the Africanist canon, and relates them to recent debates on immanence, the mundane, and critique. Eschewing ethnography proper, he moves among the texts in an effort to provoke further reflections.
An audio recording of this event is now available here.
Matthew Engelke is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England and A problem of presence: Beyond scripture in an African church. His writing has also appeared in numerous academic journals and edited collections, as well as on-line for the Guardian, the Times and Tate Modern, Public Books, and the Immanent Frame. Prof Engelke runs Prickly Paradigm Press with Marshall Sahlins. He was deputy editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa from 2006-2010, and editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 2010-2013; he currently serves on the advisory boards of the Journal of Southern African Studies and Religion and Society.