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You Don’t Know What Pain Is: Affect, Religion, and Animal Ethics

PrHLS CSWR Schaefer 3.31.16ofessor Donovan Schaefer (Departmental Lecturer in Science and Religion, University of Oxford) will discuss his new book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke University Press, 2015), in which he places affect theory in conversation with post-Darwinian evolutionary theory to explore the extent to which nonhuman animals have the capacity to practice religion, linking human forms of religion and power through a new analysis of the chimpanzee waterfall dance as observed by Jane Goodall. The conversation will be moderated by Kimberley Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. 

Cosponsored by the Animals, Law and Religion Project of the Islamic Legal Studies Program (Harvard Law School) and the Center for the Study of World Religions (Harvard Divinity School).