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Book Presentation @ Duke University MFA Program

  • Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Drive Durham, NC, 27708 United States (map)

n this discussion I share historical and ethnographic research on divine gifts that are experienced by Pentecostals during communal rituals which feature driving music, auto-affective techniques, and dissociative states. Such gifts include glossolalia or “speaking in tongues”, faith healing, snake-handling, and ecstatic movement. I discuss the beliefs that frame the believer’s understanding of such experiences—pneumatology, soteriology, and eschatology—and consider the cultural significance of the tradition in the American South. This presentation will be accompanied by exercises in auto-affective uses of voice and gesture that were developed while researching an interdisciplinary performance work that engages aspects of the tradition.