Silence*Stillness*Movement*Sound: Doing Anthropology of Contemplative Christianity with the Whole Self

Date(s) - January 24, 2018
12:00 am

Vancouver School of Theology

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Research Colloquium

Room 218, Vancouver School of Theology

Paula Pryce turned to cultural anthropology to seek a deeper understanding of the inter-religious contemplative Christianity with which she had been raised. Years of ethnographic research in American monasteries and non-monastic retreat houses taught Paula Pryce to listen in ways beyond the aural.  To grasp what was happening at silent field sites, Paula asked the same questions of herself, the anthropologist, that she did of contemplative Christians:  How do human beings attune themselves to the subtle, ambiguous, and invisible?  In addition to her use of more standard methodologies, Paula Pryce developed “intersubjective fieldwork” and “deep listening” techniques not unlike the very attunement practices that contemplatives themselves observed.

Dr. Paula Pryce is a researcher with the Anthropology department at UBC and a VST Research Associate.

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