Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn presented a paper at the XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions. The program was held August 23-29 in Erfurt, Germany.
Schermerhorn’s paper, “Global Indigeneity and Local Christianity: Performing O’odham Identity in the Present,” examined the ironies of contemporary scholarship on indigenous religious traditions. He argued that “if scholars of religion must denaturalize Christianity as a known quantity, the same must also be done with the category of ‘indigenous religion(s).’”
The paper was presented in a panel on “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks.”