|Friday, March 6, 2020||4:00PM - 6:00PM||208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place|
Kristin Bloomer’s Possessed by the Virgin: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Marian Possession in South India introduces readers to three women who become possessed by the Virgin Mary: Rosalind, Nancy, and Dhanam. In this rich ethnographic account of Marian possession, healing, and exorcism in Tamil Nadu, Bloomer pays particular attention to the experience of possession as articulated by these women and the various community members that surround them, from the skeptical Catholic priest to the devotees, and everyone in between. This beautifully written ethnography raises questions about possessed subjectivities and agencies, gender, Tamil language, Hinduism and Catholicism in South India, and, more generally, how to write about possession.
In this panel, a group of graduate students from the University of Toronto, with diverse research interests ranging from Tamil Studies to Possession Studies, will critically engage with the author and her book from various perspectives. The event aims to raise questions, deeply reflect, and start a critical conversation about the book and its contents.
Henria Aton, Faculty of Information, UofT
Janani Mandayam Comar, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
Stephanie Duclos-King, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
Jesse Pruitt, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
Kristina Rogahn, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
Austin Simoes-Gomes, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
Kristin C. Bloomer is an Associate Professor of Religion at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is currently working on a book about Tamil family gods and lineage deities, with support from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Carleton College.
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