Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture Series

“Shamans and Schizophrenia: How Religious Practices May Change Psychotic Experience”

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford anthropology department. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has done ethnography on the streets of Chicago with homeless and psychotic women, and worked with people who hear voices in Chennai, Accra and the South Bay. She uses a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to understand the phenomenology of unusual sensory experiences, the way they are shaped by ideas about minds and persons, and what we can learn from this social shaping that can help us to help those whose voices are distressing.

The Loy H. Witherspoon Lectures in Religious Studies, the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture series at UNC Charlotte, was established in 1984 to honor the distinguished career and service of Professor Loy H. Witherspoon, the first chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte. He was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion when he died on Jan. 15, 2017.

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Center City Building
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Karyn Williamson-Coria


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Event Date & Time

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00 PM