Dr Susannah Crockford is postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, where she works on the NARMESH – or “Narrating the Mesh” – project, investigating the contemporary narrative of the interrelation between humans and a large gamut of “nonhuman” realities and its potential for staging, challenging, and expanding the human imagination of the nonhuman. Her research interests center on the use of ethnography to explore narratives of spirituality, millenarianism, and climate change. Her doctoral thesis, entitled After the American Dream: Political Economy and Spirituality in Northern Arizona, was awarded in July 2017 by the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, following which she spent 9 months as a Research Officer working for the Information Network on New Religious Movements. She has a number of forthcoming articles and chapters on topics relevant to today’s interview coming out in Religion, State & Society, Correspondences, Nova Religio and the Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism… so watch this space.
Is, as Sherry Ortner once asked, Female to Nature as Male is to Culture? Where does this discourse come from? How does this gendering of nature intersect with contemporary forms of ecospirituality? And religion more generally? Why does it matter? And for whom? Joining Chris today to discuss these questions and more, is Dr Susannah Crockford of Ghent University.
Chris Cotter is joined by Susannah Crockford and Sierra Lawson in this month's edition of discourse, discussing college football politics in Alabama, Donald Trump's new 'spiritual adviser', a Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos memorializing migrants who have died at the US border, Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans day rituals, and the recent controversy surrounding QR codes at the AAR-SBL.