Cultural Studies Colloquium - Katharyne Mitchell, “Church Sanctuary and the Spatial Politics of the Sacred”

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November 6, 2019 — Katharyne Mitchell, “Church Sanctuary and the Spatial Politics of the Sacred”

Church sanctuary is not legal in any state in Europe, but the cultural and religious sense of church space as sacred, and the collective memory of this practice as an alternative form of justice, still has a powerful legacy. In citing past sanctuary ideals and practices, from medieval asylum law to recent sanctuary movements on behalf of refugees, faith-based actors draw on these memories to reactivate older traditions of insurgent citizenship. In this talk, Mitchell explores the critical role of space, collective memory and non-secular webs of belief in these current challenges to orthodox assumptions of state sovereignty.

Katharyne Mitchell is Dean of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Current research explores various aspects of migration and religion. Recent books include Making Workers: Radical Geographies of Education (Pluto Press, 2018), and the co-edited Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration (Edward Elgar, 2019). Mitchell is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters and the recipient of grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and National Science Foundation. The research for this talk was made possible by a Guggenheim Fellowship.

About the Colloquium Series
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a Wednesday colloquium series which features current Cultural Studies work by campus faculty and visitors. These informal sessions consist of a 40-45-minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, and presentations begin at 12:15.

Please note that due to increased catering costs, we will only be providing cookies, an assortment of teas, and hot water, but no longer coffee; feel free to bring your own. And in the interest of going green, please bring your own mug! 

See our website or our newsletter for information about this quarter's speakers.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Humanities 1 Building, 210
420 Hagar Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Academic, Research




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