Lecture - Corinne Dempsey

Do I Panic or Celebrate?

What to Make of Icelandic and South Asian Spiritual “Gifts”

Monday, October 21, 2019

105 Lawrence Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Corinne Dempsey explores spiritual abilities among healers and trance workers in northern Iceland and at a Sri Lankan goddess temple in Upstate NY. Amid striking similarities, each context views their gifts' origins in vastly different ways, inciting panic or celebration. In the end, Dempsey notes how practitioners in both settings must set aside their egos in order to be effective. Meanwhile, Dempsey must set aside portions of her worldview in order to be fair.


Corinne Dempsey is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Global Studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Her research explores Hindu-Christian   ritual exchange in South India; an unconventional Hindu goddess temple in Upstate NY; spirit workers in northern Iceland; and, most recently, religious experiences of elderly women across cultures. The most recent of her four books published by Oxford University Press is Bridges between Worlds:  Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland.

Sponsored by the Fund for the Study of the World’s Religions and the Department of Religion

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Monday, October 21, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Lawrence Hall, 105


Religion and spirituality

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