Paula’s doctoral research on a global contemplative Christian religious movement investigated the relationship between large socioeconomic forces and intimate relationships in both geographic and virtual environments. Her long-term ethnographic research among semi-cloistered American Christian monks and the “non-gathered” networks of non-monastic Christian contemplatives found that religious practitioners in both settings combined social action and intentional living with demanding intellectual study and ritualization techniques in an effort to modify their ways of knowing, sensing, and experiencing the world. Through this work Paula has explored the interplay of social diversity and cohesiveness in pluralistic society and the relationship of agency and habitus in contemplative practitioners’ conscious attempts to gain spiritual transformation, including the cultivation of intensive phenomenological experiences of communion despite their geographic scattering. Crossing multiple boundaries and living quite comfortably as religious practitioners in the “modernity” of their pluralistic worlds, this high-agency, disciplined, often interreligious community of mostly well-educated upper-middle-class professionals is the very demographic that secularization theorists have expected to reject religion.
Paula’s current research extends this initial work on two fronts, including investigating experiential understandings of time and space in both contemplative religion and in the performing arts.
Paula Pryce graduated in 2015 with a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University. Her doctoral dissertation will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017 under the title, The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity.
|Forthcoming (2017)||The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity. New York: Oxford University Press.|
|Forthcoming (2017)||“‘Unitive Being’ in the Face of Atrocity: Contemplative Christian Responses to Terrorism.” Paper in volume of conference proceedings. Encountering Religious Others Conference. Vancouver School of Theology. Publisher under negotiation.|
|2015||The Porous Cell: Monastic Ritual, Intentional Living, and Varieties of Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity. Doctoral Dissertation. Department of Anthropology, Boston University.|
“Keeping the Lakes’ Way”: Reburial and the Re-creation of a Moral World among an Invisible People. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
(First published monograph on the Sinixt Interior Salish/Lakes people).
|1992||“The Manipulation of Culture and History: a Critique of Two Expert Witnesses.” Native Studies Review. 8(1): 35-46.|
ANTH100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Sections
Basic concepts and methods of anthropology; culture and race; comparative study of social systems, religion, symbolism, art, and other institutions. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultures.
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